Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!
In case you missed, it here’s what she played:
Beth Orton,"1973" - A new album from Beth Orton is good news enough, but the fact that beats are back in her sound is even better. With nods to her late '90s "folktronica," Orton incorporates the synth-pop textures of today too. The result (in this song especially) is a perfect combo of her breathy melodies and a playful spark. Look for Kidsticks, out on May 27.
Adia Victoria,"Dead Eyes" - South Carolina, Atlanta, New York City, Paris and now Nashville have been part of Adia Victoria's life and travels, so while this song showcases rock, blues, country, swagger and hurt, it's just a taste of what she can do. Her influences and versatility extend her sound into soulful sweetness and punk edge, and we'll get to hear more when her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, is released on May 13.
Whitney, "Golden Days" - Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, both formerly of Smith Westerns, just dropped “Golden Days” from their upcoming debut album Light Upon The Lake out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. It keeps some of that androgynous pop glam of their former band, while imbuing it with this sort of sincere innocence. They also kept SM’s tricky recording habits of lo-fi artistry and applied it here...I'm a sucker for a song that sounds older than it does, or analog or warm in some way. This sounds like a Badfinger demo or something like that...they can certainly evoke a place and time.
Frankie Cosmos, "On The Lips" - 22-year old Greta Simone Kline, better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, and daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, started as a bedroom artist; she’s released over 40 albums on her Bandcamp; and she sings so soft it could lull you to sleep. On her sophomore studio album, Next Thing, which just dropped last Friday, she's still culling from her insanely prolific bedroom years, pulling the song "On the Lips" from a quiet acoustic release in 2013 im sorry im hi lets go. It's so quiet and sort of dream like, with a weird sort of logic and poetry. Initially, I kind of dismissed her as way too twee to take seriously—I think she did a performance for Pitchfork in the middle of a miniature town with toy railroads, like they have at the Carnegie Science Center—just screaming to soundtrack a slow-mo closing scene from Wes Anderson...but this song stuck with me...and the rest of her album does the same.