Now Hear This: November 2018
The cobwebs are being cleared this morning as another Halloween is in the books. There has been no shortage of quality music this year and the November playlist is already filling up fast. Here is another edition of Now Hear This!
Sunflower Bean – Come For Me
Already on the shortlist for best album of 2018, Sunflower Bean continue their roll with the first single off an upcoming EP. Evoking the golden pop of Olivia Netwon-John (seriously) and Prince, the Nile Rodgers guitar licks give the band an effervescent vibe that makes you want to move your feet. Seemingly capable of writing in any style, Sunflower Bean are one of the brightest young bands in music.
Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians – What Makes You Happy
A welcome return from a band that never fully received the attention it deserved. Their second album, Ghost of a Dog, remains a stone-cold classic if you can track it down. Brickell has stayed busy as Mrs. Paul Simon, releasing several bluegrass albums with Steve Martin but she sounds at her best with her Texas band. The soulful funkiness of the lead single off the new album keeps them grooving along the edge of the jam band scene without sacrificing their infectious melodies.
Bang Bang Romeo – Shame On You
The second you hear Anastasia Walker’s voice, you know that Bang Bang Romeo are destined for greatness. Mixing London soul with the swagger of a pub-rock band, Walker owns any room as evidenced this week when the band won over a sold-out audience supporting Spandau Ballet at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon. It was a good warm-up for their upcoming run across Europe with Pink! that should break the band on a massive scale. The world doesn’t need another pop star, it needs Bang Bang Romeo.
Magic Dance – These Four Walls
Magic Dance is the moniker used by New York City’s Jon Siejka for his fascinating music that manages to conjure up the spirit of radio-friendly 80s rock that would otherwise be deemed uncool. Think Mr. Mister and Survivor, not Def Leppard and Bruce Springsteen. If “These Four Walls” is any indication, the upcoming album will sound like a montage scene from your favorite 80s action flick.
Public Service Broadcasting – White Star Liner
With the title track from their new EP, Public Service Broadcasting continue their musical journey through history. For this outing, the band explores the maritime achievements of the English shipping company that brought us the Titanic. As is their tradition, lead vocals are replaced by archival recordings which brings the history alive in a way that few have ever done. It all sounds a little daft but the band’s attention to detail creates something beautiful and unique.