Archive for April 7th, 2021

April 7, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Americana, Folk & Roots Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Some people pay a lot of money to hide their roots, but we show ours with pride here at PE. Check out the latest in roots, Americana, folk, soul and indie/freak/alt versions of all those in this playlist.

April 7, 2021

The Midweekly – Yves Tumor

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

If this record was the soundtrack to an elaborate, romantic weekend the locations might include a fashion show with hologram models wearing gowns made of vapor. It might also include a dark cocktail bar in a refurbished bomb shelter somewhere in central Europe. And it definitely includes a lavish jacuzzi hotel room on a sunny coast. All of this curated by singer/songwriter/producer Yves Tumor, on their latest release, Heaven To A Tortured Mind. The Miami/Turin based artist collected styles like technicolor wigs for this album, and weaved them together into a wonderfully experimental production of chillwave, psychedelic funk, and soft, sexy rock. Packed with guest talents from singer/songwriters Diana Gordon (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean), to multi-instrumentalist Sylvain Carton (Japonize Elephants). Yves’ lyrics mostly reflect on the chaotic and passionate side of love for others and oneself, and occasionally stretch into the obscure. Sound isn’t the only realm they excel in. As a visual artist early in their career, YT pushes new boundaries in their videos as well. Check them out when you get a chance. What would heaven be to a tortured mind? Maybe to take a romantic weekend booked by a wildly eccentric artist. 

April 7, 2021

The B-Side: The Roseline

“Seven Hundred Second Chances” by The Roseline has a certain warm and comforting quality to its easy going Americana vibe that reminds us a bit of Paul Simon. Not sonically or musically. In those departments it has the usual adornments of a roots rock song (mandolin, twanged out tele, barroom piano, etc..) all done tastefully and in service of the song, but there’s something about the vocals and the lyrics that keep bringing back feelings of Rhymin’ Simon bubbling right underneath the surface of things here. This is of course a longwinded way of saying that we dig it and think it’s a great song.

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