“You say I’m freakin’ you out / Well guess what honey, you’re freakin’ me out too / I’d rather let leeches treat me like a milkshake / Than spend another minute without you.” Those odd and unique lyrics – besides evoking fun and fancy-free There Will Be Blood memories – are what open up PT Walkley’s latest solo album Shoulders. Soulfully sung over jaunty keys and a tight horn section to boot, you just know you’re in for a good time. Shoulders plays like a day on the beach: smile-making, soul-lifting, introspective, and laid back. Walkley combines his love of should-be-illegal catchiness (honed from his jingle days) with breezy 70s soul funk – check the driving rocker “Sirens”, the “Kokomo”-esque “Rose-Coloured Glasses”, and the clickety-clack rockabilly of “No Time to Sweat”. This album starts on a high note (literally!!! sorry) and doesn’t let up, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for the reemergence of that large yellow sky ball that we all have a vague recollection of.
NEW TRACKS: The Snow (Wild Nothing + Beach Fossils), “Memory Loss”
Guys: GOOD NEWS. We have been given a new super group. The Snow*— Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing) and Andreas Lagerström (Holograms). Check out their first single “Memory Loss.” It’s a short and dreamy track, with the sort of droning instrumentation that is somehow vaguely catchy, despite its heavy weight. One can hear Ian Curtis throughout (Lagerström handles lead vocals).The song will be one half of a 7”, to be released on Record Store Day via Captured Tracks this coming April 19 (B side “Joy of Life”).
Naturally, that whole “Our powers combined…” concept reigns. These front men, individually, are terrific. The three of them working together is a welcome and fairly ideal collaboration. Here’s hoping the boys have a full album up their sleeves.
*Not to be confused with another super group of the same name, featuring members of Melomane and Bad Reputation.
First, the hollow tin can-esque percussion clang peaks your interest. Then, the moment you hear the first purr of the opening lyric, there is no doubt in your mind who owns the voice behind this irretrievably catchy melody.
“Dark Sunglasses” is the first single from what will be Chrissie Hynde’s premiere (could it be?!) solo effort, after her remarkable 30+ career with The Pretenders. The album, entitled Stockholm, is slated to be released on June 9, and is most properly described as a collaborative effort with Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John fame), who produced, co-wrote and played on the LP.
The track itself is not the deepest, most complex tune we’ve ever heard from Hynde, and maybe that’s strategic. Making your solo debut at age 62 is a brazen undertaking; and releasing a song with a radio-ready hook is the perfect way to entrée the original alt-rock chick to a younger audience. Hynde’s sexy-but-rough-around-the-edges voice shows its age not at all on this danceable cut about people who cope with life “wasted behind dark sunglasses.” To be sure, this is a pop song, but its enticing, central groove saves it from evaporating into candy-pop, Top 40 territory. That textured groove is one of the reasons Hynde’s career has endured since 1978, when she first joined The Pretenders. She knows her niche – slick songwriting, obtuse lyrics and jagged, sultry vocals – and she knows better than to stray too far from it.