Every month the AUPEO! content team decides which artists are especially worth lending your ears to. Please enjoy our selection for July 2015!
Writing catchy pop songs looks like no big deal for Phoebe Ryan who first showed us what she’s capable of with an impressive Mash-Up of R. Kelly and Miguel. Now the 24-year-old American Singer/Songwriter has just released her first EP Mine and easily betters the expectations.
Miguel is back and you all know what that means – it’s Sexytime! With Wildheart, his third album, the Californian R&B crooner proves to be a serious contender for the “Innovative Bedroom Soul” championship D’Angelo started with his comeback album. This is a new wave of R&B without being whiny, depressive or half-dead. This album is anything but – it’s eclectic, super-melodic, bridging styles and, yeah you guessed right, super-sexy.
Sheesh, finally someone has done their homework in pop culture. Every note on Ezra Furman’s new opus Perpetual Motion People makes his knowledge of Doo Wop, Post Punk, Garage and, most importantly, SONGWRITING audible within milliseconds of the first listen. Yes, this is heavily influenced by everything that has been here before (except Gabba maybe) but never nostalgic or simply copying anything. This is an album by someone who knows music.
These two guys from the UK are really angry, to be honest they are really pissed off, the reasons for which are shouted at you straight in your face. Their new record Key Markets is again a mix of minimalism and aggression, somewhere between The Streets and The Fall. It is Punk in essence, certainly with the right attitude. Simple and great.
The Bad Plus
Now well into their fifteenth year of playing together, The Bad Plus are fresh from the Love Supreme Festival, the Jazz answer to Glastonbury. A fantastically diverse trio capable of sculpting soundscapes based on just about anything, from their unique takes on classic Pop tunes to trio improvisations and everything in between. Their recent concerts have featured US tenor sax giant Joshua Redman guesting with the trio.
Another Jazz star to play this year’s Love Supreme festival is singer Dianne Reeves. Active since the mid 1970s, the multiple Grammy-winning Reeves is still going strong and is widely considered to be one of the most important female Jazz singers of our time.
Her new album Pageant Material is a formidable follow-up to her last musical outburst Same Trailer Different Park. Speaking to the same rebellious nature, though with a little more matured poise, the songwriting has widened its sociopolitical stance. The instrumentation has only been perfected. Musgraves is quickly climbing the ladder to country music royalty. The album’s simply a must-hear.
Josh and Nicole Johnson are the married couple responsible for Elenowen. What’s that? It’s a band that just put out an album that sounds like the last 40 years of Blues, Pop/Rock, Americana and Country-Folk influence compressed into a single sound. Their new album For The Taking manages to express a handful of disparate tonalities with sheer harmony – from the folky campfire-friendly title track to the soulfully cathartic “One by One”.
It’s July, and that means time for some great Classical Summer Music Festivals! Our featured artist this month, the Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, will be heading from Tanglewood to the Proms, where he sings Tevye at the Proms production of The Fiddler on the Roof.