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Music of the Moment for April 2015:

Close Up Needle on Record

April 1, 2015 - 6:00 am

5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:

1. Andrew Combs  All These Dreams  (Coin) – Do people make records like this anymore?!  On one hand a throwback to classic 70s pop era singer-songwriters, yet still sounds relevant and fresh.  Andrew has a terrific voice and the record has a nice understated beauty to it. [Review by Iaan Hughes]

2. José González  Vestiges & Claws  (Imperial) – José’s first album in 7 years finds him recording these slow-burning compositions at his home in Sweden. Perfect for those mornings when you need to ease into your hectic day.

3. Pharis & Jason Romero  A Wanderer I’ll Stay  (Lula) – This British Columbia couple has been earning wider recognition in the U.S.  Not an easy feat for artists who perform old-time folk music.  This recording clearly displays why. Good songwriting, beautiful harmonies, great guitar and claw-hammer banjo make this a wonderful addition to the folk genre.

4. Sufjan Stevens  Carrie & Lowell  (Asmathic Kitty) – Beautiful, orchestral neo-folk a la Elliot Smith. His first album in 5 years, following the death of his mother, is a moving, understated meditation on loss.

5. The Mighty Mocambos  Showdown  (Légère) – This is the third release for this European funk outfit who use afrobeat horns and a solid groove to get you dancing!  They keep the groove traditional, yet contemporary. This band is tight!

Last Month’s Top 3 Releases:

1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch)
2. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti)
3. Brandi Carlile  The Firewatcher’s Daughter  (ATO)


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