Going Steady, An Early Look: New Singles Reviewed 1-10-20 – 1-16-20

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Broken Sleep – Agnes Obel -lectronic, mood classical vibes and dreamy sounds but with a goth vibe  – B

Stiff – Beach Slang – Surf guitars, swamp rock, classicism if classic rock reached its height in the early 1980s, hardly surprisingly, given the inclusion of Tommy Stinson, the bass holds the hook  – B+

Salt Of The Earth – Bill Fay – piano based, slow ache of a song by the UK singer-songwriter, he sings as though he’s crying – B-

Feel The Way I Want – Caroline Rose – She was behind an epic track from two years ago, “Bikini,” and here she is mining a pop soul vibe – B-

Go Away – Jeff Parker -A member of the experimental Tortoise adds jazz frills (via stand up bass) to the sound – B

In Heaven Making Love – Jonathan Wilson – The Americana producer finds a middle ground between SoCal, country, and Jim Steinman on an odd one that veers from big rock bombast to a fiddle break – B

Crack of Doom (feat. Troy Sanders) – Kvelertak, Troy Sanders – Finland metal adds Mastadon’s Troy on a fresh as a daisy mix of screamo and metal – B

Me in 20 Years – Moses Sumney – A top vocal from the art popper on one of his most accessible songs, a surprisingly great, different sound – A-

Teenage Headache Dreams (with Ellie Rowsell) – Mura Masa, Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice – Mura Masa is a UK DJ, Ellie is the lead singer of Wolf Alice, and the song is indie rock goes glitchy and covertly arranged tech… doesn’t live up to its name, maybe because Mura isn’t a teenager anymore – B

Mal – Slow Mass – Via Chicago, the third single off their upcoming album is another obtuse, post-punk thumper – B

Iron Fist – Tha God Fahim – Sounds live a child of Wu with  whine in its voice and a threat in its step, kudos to DJ Muggs for a haunting and provocative backing track… ps  the fourth song to reach my – A-

St. Francis and the Future – The Innocence Mission – American folkie Americana prettiness – B

Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme) – The Orielles – A really strong, dance and pop but also alt vibe – B

Crab Cakes – Your Old Droog, Prodigy – Great to hear the late Mos Depp Prodigy on a track, and YOD, who released a Hanukkah album last month, always brings it. A violent rap track and a cooking recipoe, 90s style – B+


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