This week, we see records from a piano-pop songstress, a member of Mick Jagger’s supergroup SuperHeavy, a side project of one of indie’s best voices, and an underground rock icon. Check out the new releases below.
Vanessa Carlton — Rabbits on the Run
The fourth studio album from singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton takes its title and concept from books like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Richard Adams’ Watership Down. Utilizing the help of a children’s choir, producer Steve Osborne and MMJ drummer Patrick Hallahan, Carlton successfully captures a dreamy, fantastical sound.
Dex Romweber Duo — Is That You in the Blue?
“For his second album under the Dex Romweber Duo moniker—which features his sister, Sara, on drums—he exhibits something of a stylistic attention deficit disorder. Like any decent musicologist with a longtime appreciation and an ongoing sense of adventure and education, Romweber refuses to be pigeonholed into any one particular style; he dabbles here in surf (“Gurdjieff Girl”), suave lounge-act imitation (“The Death of Me”) and spooky blues the likes of which White has made a career on (“Nowhere”), to name only a few. It’s an impressive mix, one that might inspire admiration on the part of the listener—especially those who are less than instrumentally inclined. But as a rewarding listening experience, the album comes off as more than a little erratic.” Read Austin L. Ray’s review of Is That You in the Blue? here.
Joss Stone — LP1
“It’s not always the blunt-force trauma of Stone’s truculent alto that makes LP1 so stunning; though moments like the Rickie Lee Jones-evoking shuffle’n’snark of “Don’t Start Lying To Me Now,” the faltering build of the pitched emotionalism of “The Last To Know” and the slow blues grind of “Landlord” offer full-tilt, howl-at-the-heavens vocalizing.” Stay tuned for Holly Gleason’s review of LP1.
Release the Sunbird — Come Back To Us
The brainchild of Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue, Release the Sunbird is a solo/ side project which also features several musicians from the Bloomington, Ind., area, where this debut album was recorded. The songs on Come Back to Us are filled with sunny melodies and glowing harmonies, and is a simply intimate and lovely album. Stay tuned for Ryan Reed’s review.