Australian Singer-Songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT Smiles Real Nice

New sriking strokes

15 October 2021

Arresting Australian singer-songwriter COURTNEY BARNETT releases her
new album Things Take Time, Take Time on 12 November 2021. So far
she made me happy with three tracks (hear them below via Bandcamp)

But before the LP launch, she surprises us with a new, non-album, track
called SMILE REAL NICE. It’s the theme song for an upcoming animated
TV series adaptation of Harriet The Spy, which debuts on Apple TV+ next
month.

Listen and smile…

The three shared tracks
from her upcoming album…


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COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

SUNFLOWER BEAN Back With Easy-Going Pop Thrill ‘BABY DONT’ CRY’

14 October 2021


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: SUNFLOWER BEAN
Who: Guitar pop trio out of New York City

Since the release of second album Twentytwo In Blue 3 years ago,
the band disappeared into the night. But, wait, they’re back now with
a new single titled BABY DON’T CRY. A harbinger for a new full length?
We’ll see/hear.

About the new tune: “So many things in our lives are disposable. Content
and news are consumed and discarded leaving us unfulfilled. “Baby Don’t Cry”
is about enjoying the real. The things right in front of us that give us meaning
and how sometimes, even sad songs can give you that warm feeling of hope.”

Baby Don’t Cry is SB by numbers. An easy-going
and sugary mid-tempo pop thrill to hum along.

Enjoy here…

SUNFLOWER BEAN: Facebook

THINGS ARE GREAT For Americana Rockers BAND OF HORSES

New striking strokes

13 October 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Out: 21 January 2021 – more info here

First single: CRUTCH

Ben Bridwell (frontman): “I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’
starts with something from my real life. Obviously, ‘Crutch’ means
some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one.
I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was
funny how relationships also feel like crutches.”

Crutch sounds totally like Band Of Horses always sound.
A streamlined rock drive, a feet-tapping beat, and
high-pitched vocals.

Fall in love here…

BAND OF HORSES: Website

Welsh Songsmith CATE LE BON Announces 6th Album And Shares First Single ‘RUNNING AWAY’

New striking strokes

13 October 2021

Artist: CATE LE BON
Who: Welsh singer-songwriter
Active: Since 2007 / 6 studio albums
(new one included)

New album: POMPEII
Out: 4 February 2022 via Mexican Summer

Le Bon: “Pompeii was written and recorded in a quagmire of unease. Solo.
In a time warp. In a house I had a life in 15 years ago. I grappled with existence,
resignation and faith. I felt culpable for the mess, but it smacked hard of the
collective guilt imposed by religion and original sin.

Running Away is a smooth babbling introspective reverie constructed
around a synth-bass riff while tranquilizing horns cause a heartening
feel. And on top, of course, Le Bon‘s magnetizing voice.

Have a listen…

CATE LE BON: Facebook

Artwork POMPEII

Brooklyn Popsters COLATURA Invite Us To ‘THE MET’

New striking strokes

12 October 2021


(Credit: Justin Buschard)

Band: COLATURA
Who: Indie pop/rock trio
from Brooklyn, New York

New single: THE MET
The second single from Brooklyn trio Colatura’s upcoming debut LP,
due in early 2022. The Met, like the rest of the upcoming album, was
written collaboratively during the COVID quarantine.

“You ever have one of those “take yourself on a date” solo days that’s supposed
to be empowering – a big middle finger to the dating world – but turns into something altogether the opposite? It’s a beautiful day, you’re alone walking the halls of the Met
museum, taking in culture, searching for inspiration, but with no one by your side to
share it with you struggle to find the beauty in any of the art and instead get lost
in your own head.”

Turn Up The Volume: Instantly effective pop tunes like these make me smile
from left to right and back. Shiny guitars with shoegazy sparks, a dizzy-making
rhythm, happy-go-lucky sentiments, and seducing vocals. A song that would
turn Taylor Swift into an indie star.

Don’t need more to make my day. What about you?

Let’s all skip to The Met Museum

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Also on Spotify / COLATURA: Facebook

JEFF TWEEDY – Two New Songs ‘C’MON AMERICA’ And ‘UR-60 UNSENT’

New striking strokes

12 October 2021

Artist: JEFF TWEEDY (Belleville, Illinois)
Who: The chief of folk rockers Wilco

New songs: C’MON AMERICA and UR-60 UNSENT

Tweedy joins the Sub Pop Singles Club
with these two new cuts.

C’mon America is ”a wry classic rocker from an
unreleased group of songs with mostly sci-fi lyrics.

UR-60 Unsent is “a pitiful tale of an unsent lovesick
mixtape, taken from a separate batch of unreleased
songs with mostly pitiful lyrics.

Here’s the new pair…

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JEFF TWEEDY: Facebook

ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS Share New Single From Upcoming Album – ‘HIGH AND LONESOME’

New striking strokes

9 October 2021

Artists: ROBERT PLANT and ALISON KRAUSS
Who: Former Led Zeppelin frontman & American bluegrass songstress.
They worked together before on 2007 album ‘Raising The Sand’

NEW ALBUM: RAISE THE ROOF
Out: 19 November 2021 via Warner Music.

Robert Plant (in an interview with Mojo): “The good thing with Alison and
I is that we’re a couple of kindred spirits. Most musicians form a band, then
they stay in the band until it’s over – 20 years, 30 years, 50 years, whatever it
is, and it starts to look really decrepit. With us, there’s nothing written in blood.
We were ready to do something new, and we knew how good it was before, so
we can just join up again and see where we go. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

New single: High And Lonesome

Funky groove, but where’s Alison Krauss?

Clap your hands, folks…..

ALISON KRAUSS: Facebook
ROBERT PLANT: Facebook

Swedish Songsmiths GREAT HARE On A Romantic Island Again With Their New Single ‘ARCHIPELAGO DREAMS’

New striking strokes

6 October 2021

Band: GREAT HARE
Who: Swedish pop songsmiths
dreaming to stay awake.

New single: ARCHIPELAGO DREAMS

As Great Hare profile them frequently as dreamers I’m pretty sure – judging by
the song’s title – this new tune is inspired by a book 2011 book by R.J. Cole called
The Archipelago of Dreams: The Island of the Dream Healer about somebody
leaving his body allowing his spirit to travel freely, with the guidance of a wizard
mentor, searching for the dream of life. More info here.

Yes, the Gothenburg romantics muse again on their romantic island. Like the Scottish sentimentalists Teenage Fanclub they prefer la-la land above reality, confirming it once again with this electrifying guitar pop reverie. And, yes, even metalhead Ozzy Osbourne loves to dream as he once sang: “I’m just a dreamer / I dream my life away / I’m just a dreamer / Who dreams of better days.”

Close your eyes and enjoy…


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GREAT HARE: Facebook

SUEP – Combo Of Kooks Drops Kooky Pop Debut Single ‘DOMESTICATED DREAM’

6 October 2021

Band: SUEB
Who: A stubbornly high spirited combo creating oddball music with
a touch of theatrical storytelling. Led by SuepLord (Porridge Radio, Garden
Centre, The GN Band
) and Brain Wastefield (UK top model) SUEP is borne
out of a near-decade of wearing silly clothes and deconstructing pop
together.

Debut single: DOMESTICATED DREAMS

SuepLord: “It’s about not having enough money or time to acquire stuff
that you want because of capitalism, and about wanting someone to share
your life with in a cosy and settled way.”


Turn Up The Volume
: The horrible pandemic times led to an avalanche
of lockdown blues songs and countless artists covering other artists as if
they were too lazy to write new music, despite all the time on their hands.
Now that the virus crisis is under control, I want to have some mindless fun.

Enter SUEP. A British combo of kooks playing kooky music. Their debut
single resonates like a let’s get old together lullaby for 20st Century people,
born futureless who share a dance on Saturday nights when their favorite
radio show comes on. Home, sweet home. Yippie Yayee, all the way.

Ring your cowbell here…

SUEP: Twitter

FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES Detonate On Striking Sledgehammer ‘OFF WITH HIS HEAD’

5 October 2021

Band: FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES (Hertfordshire, England)
Who: Tattoo punk artist Frank Carter who started to scream with Gallows
(2005-2011), then continued with Pure Love (2011-2014) and rattles
on since 2015 with his Rattlesnakes

New album: STICKY – 4th LP
Out: 15 October 2021
Order info: here

New single: GET OFF YOUR HEAD feat. Cassyette
Third taster after lead-single/title track Sticky and Go Get A Tattoo

Sometimes I wonder when Frank Carter‘s lungs will collapse. At times his vocal powerfulness is off the charts causing the impression that an explosion is in the
air. And when loudmouth Cassyette joins the scream contest the decibels go up
to an illegal level. Holy smoke!

Play it – how else? – loud…

FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES: Facebook