Happy October! It’s already Fall, and I sure felt the drop in the temperature on my way to the station today. A lot of dark things happened in music news this past week, and I thought it best not to cover it during my news segment in the morning because it’s hard to start your day off that way, and it’s being covered by so many media outlets. A lot of late night outlets are doing a fantastic job of covering some of, so I encourage you to check those out.
[Look Out For]Kimbra – Primal Heart
Kimbra is back! You may know her for her driving awesome indie pop, you may know her from that Gotye song. Either way, she’s fantastic and this is very exciting news. This will be the follow-up to the underrated Golden Echo back in 2014. A correction on my reporting earlier that this album involved Childish Gambino, Dave Longstreth, and Tripe J, but the source Pitchfork has removed it saying that it was from an Instagram story and they didn’t have solid enough evidence to prove this was true. Regardless, I can’t wait for the album. No word still on when it will be released.
[Worth a Re-Spin]Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
A bit of a sleeper when this came out, Methyl Ethel suffers from being a Psychedelic band from Perth. Usually, when one thinks of Aussie Psych band, they think of the power house Tame Impala. I do not believe this, I think there is definitely room for more Aussie bands and welcome it. They mix psych with dream pop elements, leading to something very dancey. I recommend checking them out, especially since they are supporting the Drums on their tour. Everything Is Forgotten is out now.
[Fresh]Wye Oak – Spiral / Wave Is Not Water
As much as I’ve been enjoying Flock Of Dimes, seeing her fantastic set at Hopscotch, I am sure glad Wye Oak is back with some fresh material. Although it’s only a 7-inch and a collaboration with Adult Swim, and I’ve seen bands put on 7-inches and nothing after for years, I do have hope that this means a new album will be coming out. They did just play Sylvan Esso’s Shakori Hill’s Festival which is pretty cool and have a handful of upcoming shows too. I guess in the meantime, we can enjoy these awesome singles, out now, though it’s a bit harder to find on vinyl.
[The Breaks]Akiko Yano – Piano Nightly
A little different than most of the music on my show, but still pretty cool. When it comes to Japanese music, I lean more toward the side of traditional than contemporary. I feel like Akiko Yano is a happy medium though. Often compared to Kate Bush, she is a wonderful jazz singer. Maybe she might be more familiar to you if you are Studio Ghibli fan. Her music has been showcased on My Neighbor the Yamadas and she played Ponyo’s sister in Ponyo. Piano Nightly is a collaboration with several different Japanese pianists, which came out in 1995.
Playlist – 10/3
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, sleeper, local, big hit, send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a shout out if I end up using it! Tune in next week to hear new music from Phoebe Bridgers, Negative Gemini, Seapony, and Badbadnotgood.