Every week Tori, the Music Director here at KAFM, has a new music spotlight show called Fresh Tracks.
Each Tuesday TONS of music goes into radio rotation, and Tori tries her best to keep a finger on the pulse.
Let's check out the featured artists and tracks this past week!
ARTIST - SONG - ALBUM 1. Justice - Fire - Woman
French Electronica duo, consisting of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Nominated in 2007 for best electronic/dance album, and won the grammy for best remixed recording, for their remix of the MGMT song, "Electric Feel" in 2009. This is their third album, in the works for 2 years, out on Because Music. Justice combines cut up or slapped basslines with compressed and distorted synth sounds.
2. Strand of Oaks - Salt Brothers - Hard Love
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Timothy Showalter - originally from Goshen Indiana, and I recently found out I know his cousin - but now resides in Philadelphia. This is his fifth album, out on Dead Oceans records. Dude has suffered some trauma - his wife bailed on him when he was on tour, and when he came back his house had burnt down. Between sleeping on park benches and borrowing guitars, he found a lot of inspiration for his music.
3. All Them Witches - Bruce Lee - Sleeping Through the War
Psych rock band from Nashville, TN, and started in a very DIY way - recording their initial EP with 2 mics straight to a tape recorder. Their third album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker kind of put them on the map. The new album is called "Sleeping Through the War" and it's out on New West records.
4. Greyface - What Did You Lose - Greyola
From Los Angeles. First album, from what I can tell, and I love the name. Granted, couldn't find a ton about them on the interwebs - let's see what else comes from Greyface!
5. SOHN - Conrad - Rennen
AKA Christopher Taylor, is an English Singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, where is he also a producer for artists like BANKS. This is his second album out on 4ad Records, who picked him up rapidly after he put out his EP in 2012. He was known as "Trouble over Tokyo" from 2005-2012, but dissolved that project and reintroduced himself as SOHN, which apparently worked much better for him. New record is called "Rennen"
6. Shelles - Carousel - Landfill
Built around the solo work of Stuart Edwards, this 5 piece advances his compositions into a larger, sweeping Southern Gothic affair, with rhythms and tonal nuances interacting underneath the witty, hauntingly melodic, sometimes eviscerating verse of Edwards. Out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
7. Less Than Jake - Welcome to My Life - Sound the Alarm
The biggest names in ska fueld self deprication are back with their 9th album. From Gainsville FLA. Rumor has it that back in their formative years, Vinnie Fiorello's family dog, Jake, was treated better than anyone else in the household - hence their name.
8. Hidout - Doctor - So Many Hoops, So Little Time
Side project of Gabriel Rodriguez, a core member of the band Cults. This is the second album Gabriel and his rotating contributors.
9. Nikki Lane - Highway Queen - Highway Queen
Born in Greenville, South Carolina and dropped out of high school there. Powered by fashion she moved from LA then to New York, and then broke up with the country musician she had been dating, who left her to record an album in Alabama. This all inspired her to begin writing country music, too. Lane, who now lives in Nashville, also owns and operates a clothing store called "High Class Hillbilly". This is her third album, called Highway Queen out on New West Records
10. Moon Duo - Creepin' - Occult Architecture, Vol. 1
Their genre on facebook is "Repeat-o rock." From Portland, Oregon. This album is actually a 2 parter - occult architecture vol 1 and 2. 2 is set to release later, focusing on the brighter side of Moon Duo's music, so yes, that means vol.1 is the dark side. Out on Sacred Bones records.