New Music Friday – May 18, 2018

Happy Friday. Today brings us the sophomore album from singer-songwriter James Bay. His new album is leaving the folkier sounds behind, an is embracing a more upbeat, pop and 80’s rock sound. I’ve found myself wanting to like what I’ve heard more than I have, but will see how the whole album sits. There’s also a new album from Ray LaMontagne, which is more likely to satisfy those looking for folk music. There’s also a great dose of rock n roll from Low Cut Connie (recently profiled in Rolling Stone), some desert rock from Nigerian guitarist Bombino, Topanga Canyon pop from Family of the Year, and reggae from the most melodic Marley, Ziggy.

One album we missed last week that you should check out this week is the new collaboration between Matthew Ryan and Hammock called The Summer Kills. Their debut album Last Night We Became Swans is an atmospheric, moody piece of beautiful songwriting.

In new singles, classic rockers Cheap Trick have a new one out, as does classic pop songwriter Nick Lowe, and up-and-coming rapper Jay Rock. My 90’s ska-punk favorites The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have a new single, as does songwriter Passenger, pop rockers American Authors, underground rapper Aesop Rock, and reggae-rockers Dispatch.

There’s a glut of new tunes, but hopefully you’ll take some time to give them a listen.

ALBUMS

James BayElectric Light

Ray LaMontagnePart of the Light

The Summer KillsLast Night We Became Swans

Family of the YearGoodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime

BombinoDeran

Low Cut ConnieDirty Pictures (Part 2)

Ziggy MarleyRebellion Rises

SONGS

Jay Rock – Win

Cheap Trick – The Summer Looks Good On You

Devendra Banhart – Shown and Told

Yungblud – Falling Skies (feat. Charlottle Lawrer)

Alex Da Kid – Go (feat. H.E.R. & Rapsody)

Nick Lowe – Heartbreaker

Protoje – No Guarantee

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – An Air Conditioned Man

Aesop Rock – Klutz

Bob Schneider – Sing About Love

American Authors – Deep Water

Dispatch – Cross the World

Passenger – Hell or High Water

Blue October – Colors Collide

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Wonderful Day for the Race

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