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: Alessia, “Here” - Alessia is 18-year-old Alessia Caracciolo, a preternaturally talented singer and songwriter from Brampton, Ontario who just recently signed to Def Jam and released her first single “Here” a few weeks ago. I would call “Here” an incredibly powerful anthem for introverts, and as a big fan of songs that can really tell a story with literary details and scene setting, Alessia expertly paints a portrait of a party in which she feels utterly alone in the midst of people swirling about having a good time. What makes this song so compelling is that Alessia tells a very personal, intimate story, one that many teenagers the world over surely can identify with, through the prism of a dramatic, determined, forceful R&B track, buoyed by a glorious Isaac Hayes sample, and powered by her maturity and self-awareness. Everyone should be very interested in what she does next. The Parlor, “Surgeon’s Knife” - The Parlor is a duo from Altamont, NY, and every piece of music they make sounds like it was meant to soundtrack some progressive commune’s dance party in upstate New York. It’s hippie-ish, with some appalachian folk influences, folded into dance music and disco. “Surgeon’s Knife” from their upcoming sophomore album Whazu Whazu (out July 10th) is sort of the best example of this: its spine is folky, with almost jam bandy acoustic strumming, but then it blossoms into this very disco-y star burst of a dance party. A fine summer song to get us going into June.