Liz Cooper, eee gee, Stereophonics, Theon Cross, Broke Royals, Skinny Lister, Toni Sancho are among these press releases for September
Liz Cooper – ‘Slice of Life’: A fuzzed-out pop song with an interesting dissonant rhythmic section contrasting with Liz Cooper’s melodic vocals. The song, which sounds like an inviting late-night road trip ending with a lot of angry fuzz, is the titled track off her new album, ‘Hot Sass,’ produced by Benny Yurco (Michael Nau, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) and out via Thirty Tigers. It marks multiple departures for Cooper—from her nine-year home of Nashville, from her band addendum of the Stampede, and from the genre-based expectations she’s accumulated throughout her career. With twelve new songs, Cooper comes into her own—both musically and as a person—embracing a newfound sense of independence, honesty, maturity and creativity. Reflecting on the album, Cooper shares, ‘It’s me learning about what kind of woman I am and it’s not pretty all the time…I’m still processing these songs. Still reflecting. And I think that’s the thing—’Hot Sass’ is just a stamp in time of what was happening in my life. I just want to continue making art that displays myself, the moments, and the people around me.’ After supporting Khruangbin and a special headline performance at 3rd & Lindsley early this month as part of Lightning 100’s Sunday Night series, she will embark on an extensive headline tour this fall with stops at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, Philadelphia’s Underground Arts, Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, Los Angeles’ Lodge Room, Austin’s Empire Control, Denver’s Bluebird Theatre and Chicago’s Lincoln Hall among several others.
eee gee – ‘Killing It’: A piano-driven charming pop song with Danish singer-songwriter eee gee’s lovely vocals – she sounds a bit like Aimee Mann at times – turning the tune into an immediate classic. ‘It’s music for the introvert, who is constantly pushed into the uncomfortable extrovert way of how to view the world,’ Emma Grankvist, aka eee gee, says about the song. She has released two previous singles on Future Classic, ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Favourite Lover,’ the latter of which received the highly praised ‘pick of the week’ on Denmark’s largest radio station DRP3 and entered the Denmark Spotify Viral charts. ‘’Killing It’ is about wanting to show off a prize before you’ve won it, or the feeling when you wanna convince your ex-boyfriend on social media that you’re ‘doing GREAT, in fact, AMAZING,’ I love that semi pathetic need to convince people you’re okay when you’re maybe not,’ Grankvist continues. The song comes with a video.
Stereophonics – ‘Hanging on Your Hinges’: a high-energy garage-rock banger executed with raw guitars and epic solos by the Welsh rockers. The song is the first to be unveiled from their forthcoming album, ‘Oochya!,’ released on March 4, 2022, via Stylus Records through Ignition Records Ltd. As the band celebrates their 25th year, the song is a gloriously unshackled palette cleanser for fans ahead of the multifaceted ‘Oochya!’ With distorted question-and-answer vocals and scuzzed-up guitars, it’s a song that harks back to some of the band’s loudest moments, drawing on Kelly Jones’ love of garage rock. ‘‘Hanging On Your Hinges’ was influenced by my love of early ZZ Top and darker stuff like Masters of Reality and maybe some Iggy Pop too, and probably nods back to ‘Bartender & The Thief,’ explains Jones. ‘It’s the song on this album that says ‘Oochya!’ more than anything else, so it’s something we wanted the fans to hear first. Having done some really emotional lead and songs on the last album (‘Kind’), we decided to come back with a bang this time, give the fans something to get a little loose to. The album title (‘Oochya!’) was always a saying me and the band used in the studio to mean ‘let’s have it’—a blast of energy and optimism and that’s what we wanted to get across with ‘Hinges’.’ After 18 months of lockdown, ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’ is an optimistic yet defiant howl as one of the UK’s most enduring and loved bands get back to doing what they do best. It comes with a video.
Theon Cross – ‘The Spiral’: An atmospheric track with dark bass, metallic beats, and a tuba providing a jazzy background for rap delivery. Theon Cross is at the forefront of the thriving London jazz scene and the bass-heavy latest single features Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, as seen in the accompanying video. ‘The Spiral’ is inspired by the winding journey toward self-realization, and the video visually depicts the journey into self through the movement of dance. Directed by creative duo Roisin O and Eden Tarn, the video stars Cross, vocalists Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, and also includes cameos from Moses Boyd, dancer Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, Nathaniel Cross, Neoma Cross, and Laurie Fitzgerald–the artist who painted the artwork for the campaign. ‘It was important for me to feature a nod to the culture of the sound system,’ notes Cross. ‘For me, this song and the album is all about showcasing a sound system powered by breath through the passageways of the tuba.’ This is a single off Cross’s — a core member of Mercury Prize-nominated outfit Sons Of Kemet –new solo album, ‘Intra-I (meaning ‘Within Self’),’ due October 29th on New Soil / Marathon. ‘Intra-I’ is an uplifting celebration of Black music, synthesizing the diversity of his musical art and experience to deliver an essential message to a world gripped by tribulation. Across ten sonically divergent and bass-rich tracks, Intra-I explores themes of self-reliance, origins, identity, and more. An exploratory celebration of Afro-Diaspora Music, the album features songs that examine self-development, the importance of history and heritage, and the strength in adversity shown by the first generations of post-war Caribbean immigrants to the UK. In addition to being entirely made from sounds taken from the tuba, it is his first music to feature guest vocalists adding a whole other dimension to his music: the album features Remi Graves, Shumba Maasai, Consensus, and Oren Marshall, as well as Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé on ‘The Spiral.’ Theon Cross is an award-winning tuba player and composer who not only redefines what can be done with his instrument but also transcends traditional genre conventions with his heady brew of low-end theory combined with strains of jazz, dub, hip-hop, soca, grime, and other sounds from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. In 2019, he released his acclaimed debut solo album, Fyah, and has collaborated with Little Simz, Stormzy, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Kano, and others.
Broke Royals – ‘Postcard’: An upbeat, explosive, and catchy power-pop song, with terrific horns and bright vocals. The new single comes off a collaboration with fellow D.C.’s genre-bending Bartees Strange. ‘Postcard’ features a more autobiographical approach to songwriting than Broke Royals has seen before, their last album Saint Luxury built a fictional world that became the vehicle for the stories they wanted to tell. The single came to life when vocalist Phillip Basnight found a postcard from an old relationship while cleaning out his room last year. For a moment of peace in a season of pain. ‘I carried that lyric around for years before I found the right story,’ says Basnight. ‘[Finding the postcard] took me back to that exact headspace: the last great moment we shared before the relationship ended. It fit the lyric I had exactly and, all of the sudden, the whole song came to life.’ Bartees Strange joined the process for the production of ‘Postcard’, encouraging the band to add in synthesizers and a horn section and helping the band push their boundaries. What followed is a punchy high-energy track that builds to an infectious chorus relishing in an optimistic note written on a postcard long ago, I wish you were here / and you will be next time. The song is also a tease at Broke Royals’ third album out next year.
Skinny Lister – ‘Damn the Amsterdam’: An old-school rootsy stomp by beloved British folk-punk band Skinny Lister. This is a song off their fifth studio album titled ‘A Matter of Life & Love,’ out on Friday, October 22 via Xtra Mile Recordings. The new album ushers in an exciting new chapter in the band’s long and established career, it’s an album about camaraderie and companionship through thick and thin, to cherish the simple things freedom brings. Frontman Dan Heptinstall had the following to share about the album: ‘It’s great to have made it to album number five, and we can’t wait to see what further adventures lay in store for us as we get it out there on the road and into the world! This has been a very liberating experience, not only allowing us to employ all that we’ve learned from the top producers of our previous four albums, but also truly realize our own vision of the tracks. We’re very proud of the results.’ Written over the past 18 months, Skinny Lister’s new album, A Matter Of Life & Love, is in essence a collection of true stories and feelings that have really ‘mattered’ to them. While the album contains all the typically enlivening tales from the road that have made Skinny Lister the stuff of festival legend—from disturbing touring tales of being pulled over by Bavarian police to full throttle airport drinking songs – dig deeper and you’ll find a record that might well be their most personal and profound yet. Watch the music video for ‘Damn The Amsterdam.’
Toni Sancho – ‘Survive’: With a strip-down beginning, the song layers up with crashing cymbals, shimmering synths, and a hint of cowbell here and there around Toni Sancho’s vulnerable vocals, which transform the track into a moving but still jovial experience. Beyond the track’s danceable tune, it shows Toni in a vulnerable light, revealing her willingness to bare all even on her very first release. In this case, she spends time lamenting an old flame, or simply a connection that died out for whatever reason, hoping that the person she lost is doing well, despite the distance between them, and the pain she still feels — ‘I wish you glory and love from this aching heart of mine,’ Toni croons. The track’s light-hearted melodic backbone in spite of the saddening circumstance from which its lyrical material is drawn creates an ultimately positive musical experience, one through which Toni can push forth her own personal healing and let go of any bad blood, and encourage others to do the same. Creativity for this omnivorous auteur is a journey of self-discovery. Each song uncovers a different aspect of her soul, and the results are startling. ‘I think I’m still whittling it down,’ she says. ‘That’s who I am. I am figuring out and exploring certain parts of myself. And a lot of these songs are expressions of that.’ Toni Sancho is working with a wide cast of guests – producer Matt Jamieson oversees her sublime ‘Believe’ – and absorbing a slew of fresh influences. As lockdown eases, she’s ready to share these gifts, with tour dates planned, and a broader project mooted. ‘I definitely have an album in mind,’ she admits. ‘A wider body of work.’ Toni Sancho has just signed To Spanish Prayers (Cigarettes After Sex Label).
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