On The Stereo #71
Appreciating new sonic delights from Malin Petterson, Luke Concannon, Made Kuti, Kulick, Møme, Kalpee, Slow Pulp, River Hooks and more
Queen Of The Meadow
Flowing from the fjords of Norway straight to America’s country heart, Queen Of The Meadow by Malin Petterson is as sweet as its titular flower. Taken from new album Wildhorse, it’s a touching tribute to her late grandmother.
Facebook and the other distractions of modern life might prevent Luke Concannon from dedicating as much time as he’d like to the more important things but, judging by Doing Nothing, they’ve not dulled his ability to write touching music.
Free Your Mind
The recurring mantra of ‘free your mind and set your soul free’ is the core around which Made Kuti’s Free Your Mind flows. This is contemporary Afrobeat of the highest order and a showcase for Kuti’s absurd talents as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays everything you hear).
EDDY LEE RYDER
Imbued with the spirit of Stevie Nicks and Lucinda Williams, Eddy Lee Ryder’s Vultures ruptures with hurt and emotion. Only an artist who puts some serious effort into their craft could write a song that sounds this effortless.
The Way I Am
Balancing big hooks with even bigger riffs, The Way I Am by Kulick will please fans of both pop and rock. There’s also an openness to the soul-searching lyrics; adding a layer of depth and helping others get through difficult times.
They Said (with Ricky Ducati)
They Said by Møme and Ricky Ducati has a charmingly retro sheen to it. Managing to sound like it could have arrived at any time since the 1970s, this cross-continental collaboration cleverly incorporates elements of disco, soul, RnB and pop.
Put A Record On
By using his reggae and calypso influences as the bedrock for his modern sound, Kalpee’s Put A Record On manages to sound both fresh and part of something much larger. Adding to that legacy feel are the clear nods to Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.
Thinking Out Loud
A heartfelt vocal is the constant thread through Danny George’s questing Thinking Out Loud. An ode to dating in 2020, it dives in at the deep end, puts its guard up, feels both guilty and hurt and perfectly encapsulates the messy world of modern romance throughout.
Mountains is taken from River Hooks’ debut EP 11:11 and its hazy, introspective vibe is indicative of the Brooklyn-based songwriter’s smoky style. The result is like sinking under a bath in search of peace and clarity, re-emerging to find the air fresher than ever.
Tracks by Slow Pulp is an alt-rock track which manages to be both tender and bold. Taken from their equally atmospheric album Moveys, there’s much to admire in Emily Massey’s detached vocal and her band’s understated power.
Words: Duncan Haskell