Jon Crary’s Weekly Sound Off 7/1-7/7:

1. Sometime “I Will Run” – Synth-pop dreams are fulfilled with these pulsating electronic drum rhythms and ethereal female vocals so stark, hazy and dreamy. Great tune from this band from Iceland. It’s my pick of the week!

2. Zola Jesus ” Dangerous Day” (Mute)– One of the best songs of the year! Zola Jesus takes it to the next level with pounding beats signature Zola Jesus’ vocals and high flying synths. Listen here:

3. Jessie Ware ” Tough Love” (PMR/ Friend Keep Secrets/ Interscope)– This is another blissful triumph from this original groundbreaking British neo-R&B artist. It’s a dreamy summer-like electronic soulful treat, beautiful wispy and playful vocals from Jessie Ware. Chills do follow! This is one of my picks for best summer song.

4. Of The Painted Choir “Cactus Wren” (Rubber Brother Records) – Bright sparkling guitars, folksie sort of vibe here on this hook filled song with a bit of psychelia and somewhat cacophonous. Enjoyable song.

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Jon Crary is an avid music fan. Jon's roots are the late 70’s punk and the new wave scene, but his influences are early 70’s glam- Roxy Music and David Bowie. His tastes evolved in the 80’s to include his influences’ copiers – Japan, Duran Duran and New Order. He hosted a radio program where Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths were staples. Now, their legacy is well documented. Many people think he has great taste in music, and he actually has a good record collection. He is also a semi-musician having played the bass guitar in a French garage rock band. Now, you will see him enjoying the new music of this and the last decade…thanks to Interpol “Turn on the Bright Lights” album for which he will forever be grateful for revitalizing music for the new generation and old.