Welcome to 2016!
I realize that statement would have been more apropos four weeks ago, but here at The Clock it often takes a little time before we’re able to break out that “Welcome” statement while fervently wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ to accumulate enough new releases worth recommending. It can sometimes take months.
In the past, January and February have been like Model T’s slowly being cranked to life. This year, however, has taken off like a DeLorean fueled by 1.21 gigawatts of pure awesome! Let’s round ’em up.
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Over the course of 10 years and 5 albums, Panic! has whittled itself down to one original member: lead singer Brendon Urie. But the man gives it everything he’s got on this gloriously messy mashup of an album. I can’t think of too many bands that mix elements of Queen, Sinatra, and Squirrel Nut Zippers, but mix them Urie does, then fries it all up and serves it to you hot. Go get it; be entertained.
[I’m presenting his 2 Sinatra-inspired tracks, even though they’re in no way representative of what the rest of the album sounds like. But they’re my favorites, so grab a martini and enjoy.]
Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale
Mmmm. Take some Joe Pernice and add some Ray Lamontagne, with hints of Dawes, and soft notes of Sam Roberts.
Rich and full-bodied; finishes long and strong. Now just let it mellow your mind.
Since we last saw them in 2012, Chairlift have gone from strength to strength, working with, among others, Lady Beyonce herself. And now the synthy duo deliver their finest concoction of moody and magnificent pop yet.
Some adult moths don’t have mouths. All the better to shut up and dance!
The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum
Like a trippy Ike and Tina: bringin’ it smooth, bringin’ it rough. Rollin’. Sweet and spiky psych-rock from Montreal.
Now just let it melt in your mind.
Definitely going to have to check out more Dylan LeBlanc! Just out of curiosity, how did you come across The Besnard Lakes?
The whole Dylan LeBlanc album is highly enjoyable. Glad you like it. I came across The Besnard Lakes simply because they were among the new releases that week. I don’t have the time to listen to everything new, but I’m glad I checked them out. And they’re from Montreal (as you probably know) which makes them almost a local band for me. BTW, it’s good to hear from you!
Thank you! That’s nice to hear. I’ve been a bit of a social media hermit of late (well, more so than usual).
It was CBC Radio 3 where I heard The Besnard Lakes. If Montreal is almost local to you… Remind me, is it Vermont where your family moved to?
Have you heard of a band called Half Moon Run? They’re also Montreal-based, and they’re fantastic (great blend of rhythm, harmony and atmosphere).
Other than this blog, I exhibit hermit-like tendencies, too.
We moved to Vermont a few years ago but only recently moved close to the Canadian border. We’re about an hour from Montreal.
Never heard Half Moon Run before, so thank you for the recommendation. I checked them out and they sound great!
Here’s to hermit-like tendencies!
Glad you like Half Moon Run. You’re extremely close to Montreal! Have you ever been? (I’ve only snaked around it on a drive from Ontario to Nova Scotia, but it’s on my to-visit list.)
What’s the music scene in Vermont like?
I overlooked your questions! I’ve not made it up to Montreal yet, which is sad considering how close it is. My wife has been a couple of times on weekends I had to work. I’ll get up there soon.
Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the VT music scene. Having a small child means we never go out. Ever. There are probably some great acts around Burlington that I’m completely missing out on.
Ah, but you have good reason. I live relatively close to Toronto and haven’t made it back for a show in almost four years. I don’t have kids. THAT is sad. But the music scene where I live is decent, so it balances out.