1. Gardens & Villa – Bullet Train (Secretly Canadian) – This is a quirky 80’s like tune with a bit of choppy guitar, cool chorus with a big keyboard splash and pleasing falsetto vocals. It’s my pick of the week!
2. Beck – Blue Moon (Capitol) – After several listens to Beck’s new song Blue Moon, it has a blissful dreaminess and familiarity to it. It’s has a sort of folksiness-like vibe to it, more ambient-like than I would have expected from this unpredictable and talented artist. It grew on me.
3. Wild Beasts – Wanderlust (Domino) – There is a sort of bizarre uneasiness to the song from its vocalist’s unique quivering emotional yet dramatic falsetto style with a steady and building wall of instrumentation which mesmerizes. This is a very solid track. A must listen!
4. Sun Kil Moon- Ben’s My Friend (Caldo Verde) – This indie folk gem is beautifully crafted with interesting lyrics, melody and textures. The dreamy sax is perfect with the guitar accompaniment. The repeat of the lyrics in the chorus are witty and clever.
5. The Notwist- Kong (Sub Pop) – This German indie rock band issues a tasty new album, and this single is ear candy, layered with fuzz guitar, keyboards and a cacophonous array of strings. Creative and fun listen.
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.