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.
- “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski from Puberty 2 on Dead Oceans (Bleached). Some serious weight behind those tentative vocals.
- “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.
- “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.
- “Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers)” by Laura Mvula from The Dreaming Room on Sony. Think Dionne Ferris with twice the backing vocals. Dreamy and infectious.
- “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?
- “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.
- “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.
- “Tick” by Weaves from Weaves on Memphis Industries (Cymbals Eat Guitars). This is a fun pop rock debut.
- “Exodus of Venus” by Elizabeth Cook from Exodus of Venus on Agent Love. It’s a country song. So shoot me.
- “ozzie” by The Low Anthem from Eyeland on Concord. Folk band gives Ozzie Smith the Charlie Darwin treatment.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.