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 Wardropfrom WFUV in New York!
In case you missed, it here’s what she played:
Stars, "We Called It Love" - This is one of two new songs released by the Montreal band Stars as a preview of a forthcoming album. It follows 2014's No One Is Lost, which was recorded in a studio above a club with the beats and the neon turned up. On this song, those elements are turned down but the drama remains, and it's a perfect complement to the dark pop duets Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan do so well.
Waxahatchee, "Never Been Wrong" - This taste of guitar driven '90s nostalgia is from Waxahatchee's, Out in the Storm, which is out on July 14. Katie Crutchfield returns in force on her fourth album with this defiant anthem, but it's the moments of pause to let some harmonies kick in that really caught my ear. As the album opener, all signs point to an intriguing, riff-filled journey the rest of the way.
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'sPatrick Bowman
In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
Waxahatchee, “Air" - Waxahatchee is the moniker of Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, who in 2013 recieved rave reviews for her sophomore breakthrough album Cerulan Salt by pairing intimate, literate, lyrics with the guitar moves and slacker atmosphere of 90s alternative rock. She returns in April with her third album Ivy Tripp, and just released the record’s debut single “Air,” which builds neatly on the success Cerulean Salt: wirey, pared down guitar parts, lyrics that sound like fractured bits from a short story, and now, a bolder sense of production, with swelling keyboard parts, and small studio touches like the space and echo she affords her percussion.
Courtney Barnett, “Pedestrian At Best” - Aussie singer-song writer Courtney Barnett first got attention stateside in 2014 with her debut official release The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. The records’ relaxed collection of country-tinged rockers betrayed a knowing sense of cynicism and intelligence in Barnett’s songwriting that gave her music a bite that otherwise wasn’t present. For the lead single “Pedestrian At Best” from her forthcoming full-length debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Barnett kicks up the energy a knotch with squealing feedback, crunchy power chords, and practically spoken word verses that grow gradually urgent as the song progresses. “Pedestrian At Best” is Barnett’s real breakthrough, a track that promises great things when the accompanying album drops in March.