RIYL: Fanfarlo, Plants and Animals, New Multitudes, and Chiddy Bang
While looking at the upcoming albums in March, it's going to be a great month for music. There's a ton of awesome artists releasing new albums, and I think it's a pretty suitable way to really kick off the new year and get into the swing of things.
First up, Fanfarlo is planning a new record out Tuesday, called Rooms Filled With Light. I happened to see them a few years ago in a small club in downtown Detroit. What brought me there was the fact that Freelance Whales happened to be opening for them, but I stuck around to see their performance, and was pleasantly surprised. Truthfully I haven't spent much time really listening to their records, but each time I do hear their single, I enjoy it. Perhaps it's time I hop on board with this latest release? In the meantime, while you're waiting for this album to be released, be sure to check out GLG's, The Valery Trails. While not an English band, they've got great indie pop hooks, much like Fanfarlo! Their own album, Ghosts and Gravity, is available now!
Seems like every week, I'm throwing in a curveball. So, this week's curveball comes by way of Chiddy Bang. The alt-rap group has released a handful of mixtapes and EPs, so this upcoming Breakfast album will be their debut studio release. What caught my attention (and most likely many of the indie rock community's attention) was their samples of indie staples like MGMT, Radiohead, and Passion Pit. It was catchy, and it was something different. Truth be told, I think it's just plain fun music. I'm sure this upcoming release will raise a few eyebrows, so here's hoping it's a fun ride! In the meantime, be sure to listen to our own Gangstagrass. Musically, it's not all too similar, but there is a unifying theme; bringing back the fun in hip hop, and doing something different. Who ever heard of bluegrass and hip hop in the same song? Be on the lookout for Gangstagrass in the months to come!
Up next is Plants and Animals, based out of Montreal. I've seen them described here and there as post-classic rock, and it's a seemingly accurate label. What I do love about them is that they're pretty difficult to pigeon hole into one genre. It's always something a little different, and I suspect their new album, The End of That, will the same great tunes I've come to expect from these guys. While you're anticipating this release, check out Portland's Bear & Moose. While they tend to be a bit more psychedelic than Plants and Animals, I think you're find suitable comparisons between the genre-blending double album, Bear/Moose, which is available now as well!
Last up, and most surprising (because I had no prior knowledge of it due to living under a rock), is New Multitudes. For those as clueless as I was, this is a collaboration between Americana artists Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames. Recorded as a tribute to Woody Guthrie, it features Guthrie's own unrecorded lyrics, set to new music from the quartet. I must say, I'm really excited to hear this. Guthrie's obviously a musical legend, but to hear people doing something different like this is really cool. I'm quite familiar with Jay Farrar and Yim Yames (of My Morning Jacket), so I know the other two are in good company. I suspect this will be a talking point in Americana music for quite some time. While we're waiting to hear what the collaboration will bring, check out our own Americana/folk artists Cowboy & Indian and Gwyneth & Monko!
With that said, I'll turn you lose to check out the playlist in it's entirety! Enjoy it here!
- Fanfarlo - "The Walls Are Coming Down"
- The Valery Trails - "Horizon"
- Chiddy Bang - "Ray Charles"
- Gangstagrass - "Western (ft. Kool Keith)"
- Chiddy Bang - "Opposite of Adults"
- Plants and Animals - "Lightshow"
- Bear & Moose - "Run"
- Jay Farrar - "All Of Your Might"
- Cowboy & Indian - "Troubled Tracks"
- Yim Yames - "Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)"
- Gwyneth & Monko - "Found in Benson"
Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."