Now Hear This: March 2018
Only three months into the new year and 2018 is already delivering some of the best music of the decade. Not surprisingly, women are at the forefront of this wave and here is the March edition of Now Hear This!
Soccer Mommy – Your Dog
Sophie Allison’s debut album as Soccer Mommy finds an intimate space where Taylor Swift and Courtney Barnett seem to overlap (who expected that?). On “Your Dog”, Allison flips the script on The Stooges much like Liz Phair once did with The Rolling Stones. Her debut album reveals a fearless artist who refuses to conform to expectations.
Pale Waves – Television Romance
Hailing from Manchester, England, the gothic palette of Pale Waves offers an alternative to colorful pop with a darker aesthetic that doesn’t squeeze the buoyancy out of the melodies. The Ian Curtis-approved Vox Phantom guitar and make-up that Robert Smith would moan for reveal a band fully aware of who blazed this trail. The band is currently turning heads at SXSW as they trek across America with one of London’s finest, INHEAVEN.
Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool
The Brooklyn trio have a retro generation vibe bubbling deep within their souls. Singer/bassist Julie Cumming floats above the guitars while singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen keeps it grounded. It’s dreamy indie rock of the highest order and exists completely outside of today’s trends. The band seeps Velvet Underground cool.
U.S. Girls – M.A.H.
Toronto’s Meg Remy has quietly released six albums but In A Poem Unlimited will not go quietly. Cleverly using disco, an unwanted style of music symbolically and literally burned to death in the masculine arena of sport, Remy dismantles the patriarchy with infectious melodies that beckon you to the dance floor. On “Mad As Hell”, Remy holds all politicians to the fire for their empty promises that rarely move the needle on progress. Rarely has pop gone political so eloquently.
Marmozets – Play
Marmozets are capable of crushing the life out of anything that comes too close to their guitar amps. On their latest, singer Becca Macintyre and the band trade some of the complexity of earlier albums for a more direct and accessible sound that pushes them to the forefront of modern rock. If this continues, they will be headlining festivals with Biffy Clyro for years to come.
See you in April for another episode of Now Hear This!