The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman

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 Pop City's Patrick Bowman In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love” - As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp soul touchstones, mostly due to his gold-plated voice and studio wizardry that really makes his albums sound like they were lost relics of the late 60s and early 70s. After two albums of pretty interesting psych rock, Nielson returns with Multi-Love, the first single off the album of the same name due in May, which is this sort of nu-disco, soul, 70’s FM radio, especially with that hammond organ intro. It reminds me of Wings-era Paul McCartney for some reason, cut with some Todd Rundgren weirdness, remixed by Hercules and the Love Affair. Them Are Us Too, “Us Now” - Them Are Us Too are a couple 21-year-olds who have taken the best of late 80s shoegaze, whether it be the big squall of guitars absolutely drenched in reverb or echoey, spacious productions, and really use them to dramatic affect. On the song “Us Now” from their upcoming albumn Remain, certain bits like the industrial drum beat give the song this iron lattice work to latch onto, and the melody turns the track into this slow building epic, soaring song, that, for me, feels like it’s just going to melt all the snow and ice of the winter and leave behind green valleys and brids singing or something. It’s so hopeful, it’s so full of life. I think a lot of bands wear influences like pieces of clothing, but these two have worked through a couple very chic sonic influences, shoegaze and industrial rock, and figured out what they liked best and turned it into their own.