Royce Wood Junior: The Ashen Tang (PIAS America, 2015). The first 4 songs are highly funky. Junior has a flows like liquid voice and the arrangements are hot. However, as the album progresses it gets slower and more ballad-y and generally a lot less funky. I was pretty disappointed as brand new super funky music is hard to come by and slow, torch-y ballads are a dime a dozen. I’ve clipped my favorite tune.
I would think about giving this tune, Clanky Love, song of the summer. A little Prince, some Stevie Wonder and some really well done lyrics.
Astral Swan: All My Favorite Singers are Willie Nelson (Madic, 2015) I love the first tune — raw lyrics, sparse arrangement. And the few tunes after that are what I imagine great indie to be — smart, simple and vibrant. And then the focus shifts and it gets slower and less biting and I lost interest. I’ve clipped a bit of the first tune, and I was lucky to even find this first bit.