Newfangled Fridays – no. 3


It’s Friday! Here are some new releases worth a listen. In no particular order & with just a few comments. Get these gosh-dang future sounds into your ears! Spotify playlist updated with the latest picks can be found here.


Abro – Leaf Boy

‘Honey Bee’ is still my favorite song of the summer, but now it’s got a bunch of jazzy pals to go with it. Experimental but accessible, a mix of instrumentals and tracks with buttery vocals. Bass-forward bands forever.

NEO-SOUL / JAZZ


Twen – Awestruck

Driving indie rock. Indie punk feel mixed with ethereal surf rock tones. I really like the sometimes-wild female vocals throughout!

INDIE ROCK


Marco Benevento – Let It Slide

No words – this one is required listening. Bonus, they’re coming to Boston on October 18th (my 25th birthday – with the Mattson 2)! Really didn’t have to go and be that perfect.

FUNKY ALT-SOUL


Nitai Hershkovits – ‘Invite Me, Dance’

Found this one through Abro’s Instagram. Tel Avivan jazz musicians are coming out with the most wonderful music right now. Full album by this group out October 4.

JAZZ


Babe Rainbow – Today

Cheery tunes, mellow pace. High vocal notes, a latin beat on ‘The Faraway Nearer’ and ‘Electrocuted,’ and minimalist production to spend a sunny day (or two) with.

HAPPY INDIE POP


Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View

Neo-soul monster jazz. Blown away by the arrangement and collaboration quality on this one. ‘Yellow Dandelion’ & ‘Self:Love’ are favorites.

NEO SOUL / JAZZ


slenderbodies – komorebi

Vibey & spacious. Lots of whispery vocals and plucky guitar on the more sparing tunes, and produced dance beats mixed into others.

ETHEREAL INDIE POP


Neal Francis – Changes

Soul can’t be beat. Chicago rock n’ soul guru Neal Francis brings the 70s back to life on this, his full-length debut. Have a smooth weekend.

SOUL ROCK


Let me know what you think of these freshies!

Or, did I miss something? Don’t let me sleep on it, please I beg you. 😭 What new releases are you digging?