Hello everyone and welcome back to the New Music Roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week is what Glide Magazine calls “…punk-meets-Elvis Costello“, the multi talented American musician who’s making waves with a taste of his solo record ‘After Party’ which is set to be released on October 23rd via Wicked Cool Records, that is Kurt Baker.
Of the track, Kurt says, “A lot of the topics on this record came out of conversations I would have with my co-writer and producer Wyatt Funderburk. I’m sure I said, “I like her a lot” in passing and then was like, “Wait…it’s so simple, but why not make that the title!” I love the line “Monday night she goes down to Amigos, never afraid to get up and dance,” mostly because of the Amigos name-drop. I’ve talked about this bar in Portland, Maine a lot, but the place really is an important spot in the making of After Party. They say it’s a Mexican restaurant but to be perfectly honest, I’ve never eaten the food there. One of my favorite choruses on the record, Wyatt suggested a few variations of the melody line that really made it pop in the end. This definitely captures our sound during a live show.”
‘After Party’ marks a return to primo Power Pop form under Kurt’s own name, backed by his bangin’ five-piece American band for the first time in five years. The twelve-song sonic boom of hooks and melodies hits on the heels of two acclaimed albums with Kurt Baker Combo, his four-piece group based in Madrid, Spain, where the native of Portland, Maine has resided for some years now.
Check out ‘I Like Her a Lot’ below.
Next we’re moving over to Athens, Greece for the birthplace of our next artist; Vangelis Ziakas.
At the age of eleven, he made his first steps in music learning how to play the piano and the guitar. So far, he has performed with many bands, like Lilith on Fire, Rusty Nails and Dirty Fusion, in a heavy metal, hard rock, blues etc. music style, whereas in 2017 he formed Sleeping Dogs, a hard rock band, which plays live frequently and continues to compose its own songs to this day.
In 2020, Ziakas started a personal project, the first single of which, entitled “Don‘t Leave Me This Way”, was released in July, while a new single and music video, “Rise”, has premiered – “Rise” will be included in the project’s upcoming, debut EP of the same title, due to be released later this season, in a hard rock style with stoner and AOR elements.
Vangelis Ziakas has already begun working on the first Sleeping Dogs EP, the first single and music video of which, named “Broken Man’s Blues”, has already seen the light of day.
Next, we have the Seattle Hard Rock outfit Dragged Under. The band are set to release a deluxe version of their record ‘The World Is In Your Way’ on November 13th 2020.
On their latest release of ‘Feel It’, vocalist Tony Cappocchi says:
“It encompasses the first time you heard a song, saw a movie, kissed, or loved somebody. That changes over time. Strong attraction eventually wears off. However, you still want the tingles you got when you first held somebody’s hand. You’re looking for that feeling once more. It resonates with everything.”
Now for our fourth and penultimate pick of this week’s roundup, we delve into the realm of Indie Emo Rock, as we have Kansas City based The Casket Lottery with their latest drop in the form of ‘More Blood’.
This appears on the bands first record release in eight years, ‘Short Songs For End Times,’ due out on November 6th via Wiretap Records/Big Scary Monsters/Second Nature Recordings.
Singer/guitarist Nathan Ellis says, “‘More Blood’ was the first idea that showed up complete for Short Songs for End Times. One minute it didn’t exist and in the next I sat down with my guitar, bass and microphone at the computer and within 15 minutes had the complete demo. The song knew what it had to say and I just received it. It’s a song about knowing what you offer the world and choosing to work on that instead of ignoring it.”
And lastly this week we have one artist whoms been making incredible noise as of late with his singles as well as his guest appearances on other tracks, that is the pnemoninal Yungblud.
His upcoming record, ‘Weird!’ is set to be released on November 13th 2020 but before that release, we have the new track, ‘Cotton Candy’.
‘Cotton Candy’ celebrates sexual freedom with loose bass, cheeky innuendos and a sugary sweet hook as it’s described. Gotta have a listen to that one.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!