"For fans of My Morning Jacket or James’ super-group project Monsters of Folk, this album isn’t a departure but another beautiful musical avenue to travel along with one of the day’s most authentic artists."
Ok, so even before you hit play on the new album from Foxygen on Jagjaguwar it's hard not to admire the title. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic exudes not just confidence and ambition, but a level of creativity and open-mindedness that excites you from the start.
Over the past decade Josh Ritter has made some incredible, pure singer-songwriter records. His gift of verse and creative storytelling has yielded more than a handful of albums, another handful of EPs and even his first novel back in 2011. Prolific and engaging, it’s always been easy to get wrapped up in his stories on songs like “Girl In the War” and “The Curse,” songs that could spawn their own novels. Josh seems to find ease in telling the story through the eyes of his characters, and that’s what makes his latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks (Pytheas Recordings), the biggest departure of his career.
There is something bold, determined and charged about Manifestra (TVP Records). That’s the new album from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. It’s her seventh full-length record and it comes at both an interesting and important time for McKeown.
2013 is shaping up to be a great year for Philadelphia and the musicians who craft the soundtrack for the city. One early indicator is the new album from Philly singer-songwriter Birdie Busch and her band The Greatest Night. Birdie’s fourth full-length album further embraces her charming storytelling, but amidst a sonic backdrop that is all at once more confident and dynamic.