Here’s Your Mixtape of Songs from Albums Released on June 17th

14 tracks to feature a strong crew of album releases. Listen to it on the ClapTrack YouTube channel, or click the embedded player below. Track list below.

  1. “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski from Puberty 2 on Dead Oceans (Bleached). Some serious weight behind those tentative vocals.
  2. “Song for Judee” by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs on Anti-Records (Beth Orton). A female folk supergroup that doesn’t disappoint. Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs.
  3. “On My One” by Jake Bugg from On My One on Virgin EMI. High expectations for this diverse British songwriter, and this album isn’t quite living up, critically. But there’s nothing wrong with a sad man wielding a guitar.
  4. “Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers)” by Laura Mvula from The Dreaming Room on Sony. Think Dionne Ferris with twice the backing vocals. Dreamy and infectious.
  5. “There Will Be Time” by Mumford And Sons and Baaba Maal from Johannesburg on Glassnote (CHVRCHES). British folksters can’t sit still, so, after recording a rock record they travel to South Africa to record a collaborative album in 2 days. It would be easier to mock if it weren’t so . . . joyful?
  6. “Say Yes” by Big Deal from Say Yes on Fat Cat (PAWS). Big Deal earned a cursory listen to whatever they do with their super simple, beautiful debut Lights out. This is far less simple, but still solid man+woman rock music.
  7. “Emotions And Math” by Margaret Glaspy from Emotions And Math on ATO (My Morning Jacket).  Dave Matthews started ATO Records, and Patty Griffin used to be on it, so I track the stuff they release. Not sure we need another growling vocalist, but there’s more here than snarly posturing. There’s blues and stuff.
  8. “Tick” by Weaves from Weaves on Memphis Industries (Cymbals Eat Guitars). This is a fun pop rock debut.
  9. “Exodus of Venus” by Elizabeth Cook from Exodus of Venus on Agent Love. It’s a country song. So shoot me.
  10. “ozzie” by The Low Anthem from Eyeland on Concord. Folk band gives Ozzie Smith the Charlie Darwin treatment.
  11. “In A World Possessed by The Human Mind” by The Tragically Hip from Man Machine Poem on Universal. Big name, big label, big sound. People are bound to hate this, but I think it’s compelling.
  12. “Clumsy” by Waxahatchee from Early Recordings on Merge. This is the Living With Ghosts gambit effected by Patty Griffin where you release under a label the lo-fi demo tape you shopped around before they signed you. The songs have to be good for it to work, and this one is.
  13. “Life Or Just Living” by Caveman from Otero War on Cinematic Music Group. A bit anthemic, like to put you in mind of Brandon Flowers.
  14. “Over The Rise (feat. Justin Vernon)” by Bruce Hornsby And The Noisemakers from Rehab Reunion on 429 Records. Nope, I didn’t see a new Bruce Hornsby album coming either, especially not one devoid of piano and filled with dulcimer ballads. Bon Iver is on board, though, so that’s something.

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