Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!
Paolo Nutini, “Let Me Down Easy” – This Scottish soulful rock dude just released his first album in five years, and it is excellent. The album’s called Caustic Love, and this single is called “Let Me Down Easy.” The obvious draw here is Nutini’s voice – emotive, raw and loud. He’s a huge deal in Europe. Let’s hope he gets his due in the US of A.
Cymbals Eat Guitars, “Warning” – These guys showed up to the indie rock scene in 2009 when their debut got tons of labeled as ‘Inspiring 90′s Throwback!’ which was a shame, because it was great on its own merit. The band is back with LOSE, out this month. This single is a loud, brash guitar blast, seemingly saying “Shut up about the ‘nostalgic’ crap.”
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman (Pop Filter editor for Pop City)!
Listen to the audio:
Kishi Bashi “Philosophize with it, Chemicalize With it” – After recording and touring with the likes of Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor, Kishi Bashi is multi–instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi’s solo project. “Philosophize In It, Chemicalize With It!” off his sophomore album, 2014’s Lighght, really showcases his restless songwriting creatively. It’s a track that’s very inventive composition-wise with a lot of moving parts that coalesces into a pocket symphony with looping, manic synth pop, gorgeous string sections and huge hooks. “Philosophize In It, Chemicalize With It” epitomizes Ishibashi’s controlled chaos, kitchen sink pop.
Devonte Hynes, “Palo Alto” – Devonte Hynes usually records as neo-R&B savant Blood Orange, but was asked to score the movie Palo Alto, a very dreamy, impressionistic teenage coming of age film based on the short stories of James Franco and directed by Sophia Coppola’s niece Gia. The album’s title track is this very silky, loose power ballad that encapsulated the film’s tone perfectly; all whooshing synth textures, disco hi-hat splashes, and and spacey melodies. But, that chorus. That chorus is enough to hang an entire career on. When Hynes sings “Wait until I know who you are / Waiting for a shot in the dark” in this kind of ascending sigh that dissipates the second it leaves his lips, its both heart-breakingly beautiful and completely fleeting, perfectly mirroring the loss of innocence and rapidly generating nostalgia portrayed in the film.