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January 19, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Wet Leather

If you’ve been longing for the days of smart, 80’s left of the dial pop rock majesty the likes of Squeeze, Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello and the Attractions, then allow us to introduce you to a strong contender for your new favorite band. Wet Leather give us two tracks that are very much of the now, yet manage to sound like lost hits from that bygone era. These songs feel like meeting someone new for the first time who you’ve also somehow known your whole life. Are we getting metaphysical in this review? Yes, we are, because that’s how good these songs are – they literally put us on another level. Both songs are available on their new Waxworks Vol. 1 release, available here.

January 19, 2021

The B-Side: Estella Dawn

Welcome to The B-Side, our new daily column where we bring you a bonus song to check out, fall in love and live happily ever after with.

Mid-tempo piano driven ballads have been a popular subset of pop music for a few years now, but few do it as well as Estella Dawn does on her new song “Petty.” We get the usual lovely yet haunted voice over piano with minimal accompaniment on this track, but also interesting plucked and bowed string counter melodies, occasional wall of vocal harmonies and a chorus / bridge that swings in a way that opens the song up into something more. All of which is tied together by Dawn’s perfect vocals. This is a ready made pop radio hit, but with enough depth to win over the non-pop crowd too.

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