Artist: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Release Date: 17 November 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses,” “Deadly Valentine,” and “Dan vos airs.”
Thoughts: The single “Deadly Valentine” is the standout track on Gainsbourg’s first album in six years, one that reflects on grief and loss on the death of her half-sister. While there is an allure of a woman’s voice singing breathily in French, most of the album is full of synthesizer crunches and disco beats that sound like very generic electro-pop.
The Nunnery of Minneapolis makes loops of vocal sound live to create the mesmerizing “Powerwalk.” And that’s about all I can tell you about The Nunnery because they seem vague about their identity online.
“Deadly Valentine” is the lastest single from British-French actor and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg. It’s a dancable track with lyrics that make wedding vows sound really creepy. But this song is nowhere as creepy as “Lemon Incest.” The song is featured on Gainsbourg’s newest Album Rest, due out on November 17.
The Brooklyn band Florist performs “Blue Mountain Road,” a sad but beautiful song about death and loss, inspired the death of singer Emily Sprague’s mother.
“1973” is a song by Beth Orton off her new album Kidsticks. Orton is an English singer-songwriter who blends folk music with electronica to create “folkltronica.” 1973 is a significant year since that was the year I was born, but I expect Orton isn’t aware of that.
This week’s song is “Moaning Lisa Smile” by the London band Wolf Alice from their debut album My Love Is Cool. The sound is reminiscent of early 90s indie pop, but the video is straight out of the 80s. Neither of which is a bad thing.
This week’s song is “Archie, Marry Me,” a bit of joyful power pop from the Toronto band Alvvays. The song reminds me of Camera Obscura, which is never a bad thing, and I like the way vocalist Molly Rankin sings “Archie.” She’s also descended from The Rankin Family, because everyone in Canada is related somehow.
Anyhow, enjoy this matrimonial proposal:
This week’s song is not very current, it’s from last year. But Pure Bathing Culture‘s “Dream the Dare” is very pretty and I was reacquainted with the song through The Best of RISK! Music Podcast. There’s something about the echoey quality in the vocals and harmonies that reminds me of a song from the 80s (or maybe the late 70s), but I can’t recall what song it is. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments.
If you know any other good new songs let me know about those as well.