Hot. So damned hot as in today’s projected high temperature is 91 degrees. Bless your heart if air conditioning is a fixture in your life. Bless.
Kesha – “Praying”
Did anybody see this one coming? Probably not, but it’s exactly what it needs to be. Call “Praying” a moment of resolution, a moment of empowerment, a sonic “Fuck you” or a reclamation of the spirit, but Kesha knocks every ball out of the park with a elegantly powerful, edgy extraction from her soul. If you’ve ever wondered what grace sounds like, now you know.
Close Talker – “Okay Hollywood”
Feeling like a little Canadian indie shoegaze? Then get closer to Close Talker. On “Okay Hollywood” (from their album, Lens) the Sasakatoon trio groovily takes the LA-town down a few notches. Can you blame them? Yeah, neither can I.
LÉON – “Surround Me”
Nothing to say here other than LÉON is one of my 10 Artists To Watch In 2017.
Lewis Capaldi – “Lost On You”
Straight outta Bathgate, Scotland comes the riveting (like, be still your beating heart-riveting), stunningly beautiful and emotional (and vocal) capture of a faltering love by Lewis Capaldi. I find myself constantly concerned about what’s going on over there in Scotland where – on a damned consistent basis – the country produces artists with an unusually gorgeous ability to rend their souls with deft and delicate precision. Surgical. You may bleed a little after listening.
Here’s hoping that something in my MUSIC ON, WORLD OFF playlist lights your fire. In the meantime, happy New Music Friday, lovelies.