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12 Best Songs of the Week: Hatchie, Stella Donnelly, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and More

Plus Foals, Wand, Tindersticks, Diane Coffee, Kevin Morby, C Duncan, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

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The big news in Under the Radar land this week was that we announced our new print issue today. The issue features Mitski on the front cover and boygenius (Julien Baker + Phoebe Bridgers + Lucy Dacus) on the back cover.

The issue also features interviews with Sharon Van Etten, Deerhunter, Foals, Kurt Vile, Julia Holter, Ladytron, Neneh Cherry, The Twilight Sad, Mew, Panda Bear, Cat Power, Piroshka, Julia Jacklin, Local Natives, Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, Hot Chip, TOY, Super Furry Animals, Cass McCombs, and Telekinesis, plus a tribute to Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, and much, much more. Find all the info on the issue here and buy a copy directly from us here.

We’ve got a supersized Songs of the Week this week, with a Top 12 instead of the regular Top 10. We could’ve gotten it down to 10, but it felt wrong to leave out the bottom two. Our #1 was a clear first place. Ever since we first heard the song earlier this week we knew it was a strong contender for the top spot.

Elsewhere on the website this week we posted an Artist Survey interview with Brandon Coleman. In the last week we also reviewed a bunch of albums, including the latest by Royal Trux, Criminal Hygiene, Gary Clark Jr., Hand Habits, and TEEN. Plus we posted reviews of various DVDs, Blu-rays, films, concerts, and TV shows.

To help you sort through the multitude of fresh songs released in the last week, we have picked the 12 best the last seven days had to offer, along with highlighting other notable new tracks shared in the last week. Check out the full list below.

1. Hatchie: “Without a Blush”

Hatchie is the project of Australian musician Harriette Pilbeam. Back in May 2018 she released her debut EP under the Hatchie name, Sugar & Spice, via Double Double Whammy. Despite it being an EP, it made it on our Top 100 Albums of 2018 list. This week she announced her debut full-length album, Keepsake, and shared a video for its first single, “Without a Blush.” “Without a Blush” is a glorious dream pop anthem and so confident and fully formed that it’s a wonder this is the first single from a debut album.

Keepsake is due out June 21 via Double Double Whammy. Check out the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as her upcoming tour dates, here.

Pilbeam recorded Keepsake in a home studio in Melbourne. John Castle, the producer behind Sugar & Spice, once again collaborated with Pilbeam.

A press release/bio announcing the album highlights some of Keepsake‘s tracks. “Her Own Heart,” for example, is described as “a radiant jangle-pop gem that puts a singular twist on the post-breakup narrative.”

Pilbeam elaborates further on the song: “I’d seen people in my life go through breakups and end up with no idea what to do with themselves. I wrote that song from the point of view of a girl who winds up on her own and embraces having to figure out who she is, who doesn’t let her life get turned upside-down like that.”

“Stay With Me” is described as “Keepsake‘s most utterly rhapsodic track, all incandescent synth and unstoppable rhythm.”

Pilbeam comments: “At first I thought I could never put that on my album-it felt too dancey and pop, and I figured it could really shine on someone else’s record. But then I realized: I’m the one dictating what my sound is; what I put on my album is up to me.”

Of the album title, Pilbeam explains: “I’m not much of a nostalgic person when it comes to memories, but I do have a tendency to hold on to certain things, like tickets from the first time I went someplace on holiday. It made sense to me to call the record that, at a time when I’m going to probably end up with a lot of keepsakes-and in a way, this whole album is almost like a keepsake in itself.”

Last October Hatchie shared a brand new song, “Adored,” via the Adult Swim Singles Program. That song was one of our Songs of the Week, but is not featured on the new album.

In regards to Sugar & Spice, previously we posted Hatchie’s “Sleep” (which was our #2 Song of the Week). We also posted the video for Sugar & Spice‘s title track (which was also one of our Songs of the Week) and the audio for “Bad Guy” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week), as well as a video for “Bad Guy.” Hatchie has a shoegazer/dream-pop vibe, so it makes sense that in February 2018 Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie remixed previous single “Sure.” Hatchie also previously shared videos for “Try” and “Sure.”

Read our 2018 interview with Hatchie on Sugar & Spice.

2. Stella Donnelly: “Tricks”

Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly is releasing her debut full-length album, Beware of the Dogs, on March 8 via Secretly Canadian. This week she shared another song from it, “Tricks,” via a video for the song. Fellow Australian musician Julia Jacklin co-directed the video with her frequent collaborator Nick Mckk. The video was shot in Melbourne and features Donnelly being followed around by an over exuberant dancing man.

A press release says: “‘Tricks’ is a deceptively catchy jab at racist Australian pride and the absurdity of the music industry.”

Donnelly had this to say about the song in the press release: “This song is a playful zoom-in on the ‘Australian Identity’ and a loose dig at the morons that used to yell sh*t at me when I played cover gigs on Sunday afternoons. It probably served me right for singing ‘Wonderwall’ every weekend.”

Previously Donnelly shared a video for Beware the Dogs’ first single “Old Man,” which was an honorable mention on our Songs of the Week list, but in retrospect definitely should’ve made the main list. Then she has shared another song from the album, “Lunch,” also via a video for the song, and that song did make our Songs of the Week list. Donnelly also performed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.

3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: “In the Capital”

Melbourne, Australia five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released their debut album, Hope Downs, back in June 2018 via Sub Pop. This week they shared a brand new song, “In the Capital.” It’s due out April 26 via Sub Pop, with the B-side being “Read My Mind.”

Hope Downs was our Album of the Week, one of our Top 100 Albums of 2018, and our #1 Debut Album of 2018. You can also read our review of it.

When Hope Downs was announced the band shared a video for a new song, “Talking Straight” (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Then they shared a lyric video for another song from the album, “An Air Conditioned Man” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week), as well as album closer “The Hammer” (also one of our Songs of the Week). The album also includes the previously shared single “Mainland.” After the album’s release they shared a black & white video for “Time In Common” and a video for “Sister’s Jeans.”

Read our 2018 interview with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

4. Foals: “Sunday”

Foals are releasing two albums this year: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 is due out March 8 via Warner Bros. and Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2 is due out this fall. This week they shared another song from Part 1, “Sunday,” via a lyric video for the song.

Previously Foals shared a cinematic video for Part 1‘s first single, “Exits” (which was one of our Songs of the Week), as well as a video for another song from the album, “On the Luna.”

The albums are the follow-up to 2015’s What Went Down. Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis produced the albums, which were recorded at 123 Studios in Peckham, London with the help of engineer Brett Shaw. The band also features Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), and Edwin Congreave (keys).

In a previous press release Philippakis had this to say about releasing two albums: “They’re two halves of the same locket. They can be listened to and appreciated individually, but fundamentally, they are companion pieces.”

Philippakis said that the albums do address the environmental crisis our planet faces. “There’s a definite idea about the world being no longer habitable in the way that it was,” he said. “A kind of perilousness lack of predictability and a feeling of being overwhelmed by the magnitudes of the problems we face. What’s the response? And what’s the purpose of any response that one individual can have?”

Philippakis added: “Lyrically, there are resonances with what’s going on in the world at the moment. I just feel like, what’s the utility of being a musician these days, if you can’t engage with at least some of this stuff? These songs are white flags, or they’re SOSs, or they’re cries for help… each in a different way.”

Read our 2015 interview with Foals about What Went Down.

5. Wand: “Thin Air”

Los Angeles-based psych-rockers Wand are releasing a new album, Laughing Matter, on April 19 via Drag City. Previously they shared a video for its first single, “Scarecrow,” which was our #1 Song of the Week. This week they shared another song from the album, “Thin Air.”

Laughing Matter is the follow-up to 2017’s Plum and is the band’s fifth full-length. The band consists of Sofia Arreguin (keys, vocals), Cory Hanson (guitar, vocals), Robert Cody (guitar), Lee Landey (bass), and Evan Burrows (drums).

A previous press release described the album as such: “Laughing Matter is a record about love in a time of terror; it calls you down from panic room labyrinths, to work the deep tissue of unraveling trauma we all carry so dear. The 15 songs on this record face their energy outward, to take with you through a common world that can’t suffer its human abusers much longer. Laughing Matter encourages you to shake hands with your old demons, to lay your pathologies to rest, to hold your spirit close, and let your body do what’s next.”

6. Tindersticks: “Willow” (Feat. Robert Pattinson)

This week Tindersticks shared a new song, “Willow,” via a video for the track. The song features actor Robert Pattinson on vocals and is taken from the soundtrack to the upcoming film High Life, which Pattinson stars in. Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart A. Staples has done the score for High Life, which was directed by Claire Denis (Staples has scored various other Denis films in the past). High Life is due out in New York and Los Angeles on April 5 and the soundtrack is due out the same day via Milan and City Slang. The video features images from the film, including Pattinson. Check out the soundtrack’s tracklist and cover art here.

A press release describes the movie as such: “In High Life, Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew-death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives-has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship unravels, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis.”

Staples issued this lengthy statement about his score for the film:

“Most of the music for High Life was made before the filming. The conversation with Claire started maybe as far back as 2012. There were many ideas I wanted to explore and I appreciated the foresight of Claire and the producers in offering me support and encouragement to do this. As well as work with usual collaborators Dan McKinna, Neil Fraser and Earl Harvin, this afforded me purely experimental recording sessions with David Coulter, Thomas Bloch, David Okumu, Julian Siegel, Seb Rochford and the BBC singers. Several long sketches / pieces were created from these sessions that the eventual score was formed from or informed by.

“I approached High Life with the simple idea of creating a sort of random music, existing in a void - like the constellations themselves - a framework that was always hidden from the musician and that they had only minimal or no information to play or react to as we recorded. The first piece completed was ‘The Yellow Light’ for the early Claire Denis / Olafur Eliasson collaborative short film Contact (2014). For this, each instrument / part was played into silence with arbitrary start points creating random movements and relationships when brought together. This theme / way of working runs through the entire making of the score for High life. Musicians generally worked ‘in the darkness’.

For ‘the void’ itself a series of hums and drones were created in the studio - various instruments played, or feeding back, or with their notes Sello taped down, to make the studio space resonate in different keys. These stereo recordings were alive, working and changing within themselves - this approach was informed by my experiences creating the sound installation ‘Ypres’ at the In Flanders Fields WW1 museum in Belgium and the adventure of making this 12th century hall vibrate and resonate with its evolving orchestral score.

“And then there was ‘Willow,’ a seed of a song shared by myself and Dan Mckinna that eventually grew to be the conclusion of the High Life with Robert Pattinson, the lead actor, singing the song in character to his daughter Willow, a theme that runs through the film.

“For the flashback sequences on earth I spent many consecutive nights recording in the rain waiting for the right intensity of heavy drops falling from the guttering of my studio onto the carefully positioned paella pans below.

“I felt the score should be intimate and hypnotic. Music made of hands and breath-acoustic instruments, electric guitars, fingertips.”

Staples released a solo album, Arrhythmia, last year via City Slang. Tindersticks’ last album, The Waiting Room, was released in 2016 via City Slang.

7. Diane Coffee: “Not Ready to Go”

This week Diane Coffee (the project of Shaun Fleming) announced a new album, Internet Arms, and shared a video for its first single, “Not Ready to Go.” Internet Arms is due out April 19 via Polyvinyl. Check out the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as Diane Coffee’s upcoming tour dates, here.

Internet Arms is the third Diane Coffee album, the follow-up to 2015’s Everybody’s a Good Dog. Joe Baughman directed the “Not Ready to Go” video. Fleming was formerly a member of Foxygen.

Fleming had this to say about the album in a press release: “It became obvious as I was writing the album, just how entangled my social/emotional self is with technology, making me more exposed and simultaneously less connected. Why are we so drawn to this existence? With Internet Arms, I had a chance to explore these questions and it became very clear to me that I have a intricate and somewhat disconnected relationship with how I perceive myself and how I project myself. After wrestling with these questions on my own, the album has become my way to broaden the dialogue, and check in with everyone to ask, ‘How are you doing in our new worlds? Are you successfully navigating both your real and your digital existence? Is this working? Is this our destiny, or is there an alternative?’”

Fleming had this to say about “Not Ready to Go” in the press release: “There’s no better way to explain ‘Not Ready to Go’ than a quote from world renowned negotiation expert Daniel L. Shapiro: ‘This is our drive to cling to an identity with which we are familiar, even if it is dysfunctional and personally damaging.’ We have all had a version of this struggle, so I wanted to open a forum, a safe place for the discussion of guilt, shame, and for not knowing how to leave a toxic situation. I find it’s like I am observing myself within the relationship but can’t quite move my physical self out of the ‘repetition compulsion’ because the emotional ties are too strong. Fear of the unknown, isolation, dependency, and a feeling of deserving all keep us from breaking free of what is poisoning us. It’s so easy for the observer to think, ‘It’s their choice,’ but all our traumas and all the reinforcements make it very difficult to see how you found yourself in these loops and how to stop them. I hope the conversation can be constructive as well, shifting to how to find the strength to step out of a bad cycle and how to recover from the trauma.”

8. C Duncan: “Health”

Scotland’s C Duncan (aka Chris Duncan) is releasing a new album, Health, on March 29 via FatCat. Previously he shared the album’s first single, “Impossible,” which was one of our Songs of the Week, as well as a video for the song filmed at Europe’s biggest Elvis Presley tribute contest. This week he shared the album’s title track, “Health.”

Duncan had this to say about the song in a press release: “The track is about the end of a previous relationship. It was intense but I couldn’t hold onto it, and we started to drift apart. This had a huge impact on both our mental health and the only way to remedy this was to go our separate ways. It was an extremely painful breakup as up until then we shared everything, but one that was necessary to get us both back on track.”

Health is Duncan’s third album. It was produced by Elbow’s Craig Potter. Health follows 2015’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Architect, and 2016’s Twilight Zone-inspired sophomore album, The Midnight Sun. His first two albums were bedroom-recorded affairs, this is the first album recorded with other producers, engineers, and musicians.

“This was the biggest shift in dynamic for me,” Duncan said in a previous press release, “having always worked alone, it was a daunting prospect but one I knew I had to explore.”

“Impossible” is about the challenges Duncan had making a long distant relationship with an ex-boyfriend work. Duncan explained in the previous press release: “At one point he was working night shifts, so it was very hard to communicate with each other because our schedules were completely out of sync. I wanted to see him all of the time, but it was impossible to do at that point in time.”

Duncan also had this to say about the album in the previous press release: “With album three, I wanted to take a more direct approach, adding even more layers but thematically and lyrically laid bare. Having someone else to bounce production ideas off was really eye-opening for me. In the past, I had been very controlling about how everything would sound but Health really showed me the benefit of working with others and made the whole process much less isolating.”

Read C Duncan’s article for us on his favorite Twilight Zone episodes.

Read our interview with C Duncan on Architect.

9. Kevin Morby: “No Halo”

This week Kevin Morby announced a new album, Oh My God, and shared a video for its first single, “No Halo.” Oh My God, which is billed as “his first true concept-album” and tackles religion, is due out April 26 via Dead Oceans. Chris Good directed the “No Halo” video, which starts with Morby at a restaurant, but gets weirder, darker, and more religious as it progresses. Check out the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as Morby’s upcoming tour dates, here.

Morby released two excellent albums in back-to-back years: Singing Saw in 2016 and City Music in 2017, both via Dead Oceans, but then took a break from releasing a new album in 2018. Previous collaborator Sam Cohen produced the album in his Brooklyn studio. It started as a four-day recording session, but soon blossomed into something more ambitious than just making another album like his last two.

“Sam suggested that we make songs that sound like sonic pop-art that only have a few colors, like a Keith Haring piece,” Morby says in a press release. “My other records had tons of colors, so we decided to keep this stark, like a painting that’s black-and-white with one vibrant blue.”

The press release describes the album like this: “Throughout his past work, Morby has noticed the ubiquity of an apparent religious theme. Though not identifying as ‘religious’ in the slightest, Morby recognizes in himself a somewhat spiritual being with a secular attitude towards the soulful. And so, in an effort to tackle that notion head-on and once-and-for-all, he sat down in his form of church-on planes and in beds-and wrote what would become his first true concept-album. If Singing Saw was Kevin’s LA record, and City Music was his ode to New York City, then Oh My God lives in the sky, above the weather, both nowhere and everywhere at once.”

Morby further elaborates in the press release: “Religion is around all of us. It’s a universal language and there is profound beauty in it. I’ve found it a useful tool within songwriting, as it’s something everyone can relate to on some level. There are religious themes or imagery in a lot of what I’ve done, so I wanted to get all of that out and speak only that language for a whole record. It’s not a born-again thing; it’s more that ‘oh my god’ is such a profound statement we all use multiple times a day and means so many different things. It’s not about an actual god but a perceived one, and it’s an outsider’s view of the human experience in terms of religion.”

Summing up the experience of recording Oh My God, Morby says: “This one feels full circle, my most realized record yet. It’s a cohesive piece; all the songs fit under the umbrella of this religious theme. I was able to write and record the album I wanted to make. It’s one of those marks of a life: this is why I slept on floors for seven years. I’ve now gotten the keys to my own little kingdom, and I’m devoting so much of my life to music that I just want to keep it interesting. At the end of the day, the only thing I don’t want is to be bored. If someone wants to get in my face about writing a non-religious religious record? Thank god. That’s all I gotta say.”

Read our 2017 interview with Kevin Morby on City Music.

Also read our 2017 Track-by-Track interview with Morby on City Music.

Read our review of Singing Saw and check out our 2016 interview with Morby about Singing Saw.

10. Anna Burch: “St. Adalbert”

Detroit singer/songwriter/guitarist Anna Burch and Fred Thomas are both from Michigan and are previous friends and collaborators. In fact, it was Thomas who suggested to his label Polyvinyl that they sign Burch and the label released her debut solo album, Quit the Curse, back in February 2018 via the label. Now Burch and Thomas have teamed up for a split 7-inch on Polyvinyl and this week they shared both its songs: Burch’s “St. Adalbert” and Thomas’ “Parkways.” Burch’s is an old song dating back to 2014, whereas Thomas’ was originally meant for his 2018 album Aftering. Pick up the 7-inch starting this Friday, March 1. Burch’s song made our Songs of the Week list and you can listen to Thomas’ song below in the list of other notable songs released this week.

The FADER premiered both songs. Burch had this to say to them about her song: “‘St. Adalbert’ was the only song I wrote while living in Chicago before I moved to Detroit in 2014. I worked on this recording with Paul Cherry alongside some early demos for the songs that wound up on my debut album. I decided not to include it on the record, partly because the vibe was different from the others, but also it had an emotional weight that I didn’t feel totally comfortable with. My time leading up to the move was particularly messy and self destructive, and I was eager to forget it. The song was unearthed almost accidentally when the idea of Fred and I putting out a split came up, and when I heard it I connected with it in a very different way - I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the recording and I no longer felt weighed down by the past I associated it with. I love Fred’s song ‘Parkways,’ and I’m very happy that these two tracks could be presented together in this way.”

Read our 2018 interview with Anna Burch.

Read our review of Anna Burch’s Quit the Curse.

11. Big Thief: “UFOF”

This week Big Thief announced a new album, U.F.O.F., and shared its first single, the similarly titled “UFOF.” They have also announced some tour dates. U.F.O.F. is due out May 3 via 4AD, their first for the label after two albums on Saddle Creek. The “F” in the title stands for “friendship.” Check out the album’s tracklist and cover art, as well as the tour dates, here.

The album is the follow-up to 2017’s Capacity and 2016’s debut album, Masterpiece. Last fall Big Thief’s singer/songwriter/guitarist Adrianne Lenker released a new solo album, abysskiss, via Saddle Creek. Lenker and the rest of the band (guitarist Buck Meek, bassist Max Oleartchik, and drummer James Krivchenia) recorded the album at Bear Creek Studios in rural western Washington. The album was tracked live with engineer Dom Monks and producer Andrew Sarlo.

A press release states that lyrically, ”U.F.O.F. is a dream in the dark,” adding that “characters and scenery interact outside of time. Names of mystery women appear, then disappear. Cruelties flash. Pronouns meld. There is a darkness here, but it’s not one to be feared.

Lenker adds: “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this. If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

Big Thief are partnering with Plus1 for their North American shows, with $1 from every ticket sold in the U.S. going to benefit SAEF, Little Kids Rock and Youth Speaks. Shows in Canada will benefit DANS LA RUE, Sketch, and UNYA.

Read our 2016 Pleased to Meet You interview with Big Thief.

Read our 2017 interview with Big Thief on Capacity.

12. The Drums: “626 Bedford Avenue”

The Drums (aka Jonny Pierce) is releasing a new album, Brutalism, on April 5 via ANTI-. Previously he shared its first single, “Body Chemistry,” which was one of our Songs of the Week. This week they shared another song from the album, “626 Bedford Avenue,” and announced some new tour dates in July and August. Check out the tour dates here.

Pierce had this to say about “626 Bedford Avenue” in a press release: “I’m a big believer in making yourself vulnerable in personal relationships, and keeping your guard down. This song talks about how I sometimes make myself fully emotionally available to people who can’t reciprocate because of their own insecurities, and the frustration that ensues ... This song is my tongue-in-cheek exploration of those ideas - being kind, not taking shit from anyone, and learning to hold people accountable for their own choices, while still holding some empathy for them.”

The album is the follow-up to 2017’s “Abysmal Thoughts” (the quote marks are part of the title), which was the first Drums album that was essentially a Pierce solo project.

Brutalism was written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach, just north of San Francisco. A press release states: “Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process.”

Pierce further explains: “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.”

And so Pierce went to therapy. “It was do or die,” he says.

The press release says that Pierce is now “working towards a better, healthier headspace.”

“I don’t think I’ll ever really find myself,” he says. “I don’t think people do. I don’t think there’s a day that you wake up and you go, ‘Now I know who I am.’ The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still, and listening to what it is that I want and need.”

Read our 2017 Protest interview with The Drums’ Jonny Pierce.

Honorable Mentions:

These four songs almost made the Top 10.

Crumb: “Part III”

Maps: “Both Sides”

Sebadoh: “Celebrate The Void”

Sinkane: “Everybody”

Other notable new tracks in the last week include:

American Football: “Every Wave To Ever Rise” (Feat. Elizabeth Powell)

Avey Tare: “Taken Boy”

Brutus: “Cemetery”

Chris Cohen: “Sweet William”

Deafheaven: “Black Brick”

Elva: “Athens”

Ex Hex: “Rainbow Shiner”

Gurr: “She Says”

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Now That I Found You” and “No Drug Like Me”

Gesaffelstein: “Blast Off” (Feat. Pharrell Williams)

Guided By Voices: “Angelic Weirdness”

Hiss Golden Messenger: “Everybody Needs Somebody” and “Watching the Wires”

Damien Jurado: “Lincoln”

Kero Kero Bonito: “The Open Road”

L7: “Burn Baby”

Matmos: “Breaking Bread” and “Thermoplastic Riot Shield”

Jackie Mendoza: “Seahorse”

Morrissey: “It’s Over” (Feat. LP) (Roy Orbison Cover)

Partner: “Tell You Off”

Pottery: “Lady Solinas”

Justus Proffit: “Shadow of the Cross”

PUP: “Free At Last”

Starcrawler: “She Gets Around”

Stealing Sheep: “Show Love”

Fred Thomas: “Parkways”

Tierra Whack: “CLONES”

Rosie Tucker: “Lauren”

John Vanderslice: “Will Call”

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Kevin Harper
March 9th 2019

Hi. Your newsletter and website are just the kind of content that I love and become immersed in as a huge music fan. That said I think that you run a real risk of being largely ignored over time for one simple reason: Although you go to great lengths to give the reader all kinds of discography and production info in many cases there is not even a single reference to what kind of music the artist plays!! In many cases there is not even a phrase ( dream pop?) to give readers a clue as to what they might expect. And I promise you consumers of your content are not going to take take the time to sample songs without having some idea as to what to expect! Love the concept please don’t lose sight of the basics! Thanks!