Roundin’ Up the Raves: The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Monophonics, Margaret Glaspy, Blossoms, Katie Pruitt

Anything new going on this week?

Nope? Nope.

Let’s round ’em up.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society – All Borders Are Porous To Cats

An indie band influenced by punk, soul, and klezmer, led by a guy whose last name is Terricloth? Apparently.

Monophonics – It’s Only Us

Did this record come out in 1972? I don’t think so, but I can’t be certain. Stellar R&B no matter the decade.

Margaret Glaspy – Devotion

Can I keep this interrogatory running gag going? Well, I’m going to try. Also, Glaspy has written a fantastic album filled with unique production touches and a strong singer/songwriter vibe with hints of Carole King.

Blossoms – Foolish Loving Spaces

Is the third time really the charm? For UK’s Blossoms it is, with their strongest album to date of catchy sophisti-pop mixed with early 90’s Britpop . As a bonus, they recorded two versions for your listening pleasure: one with all the bells and whistles and one stripped down. This doesn’t always work well, but it does here.

Katie Pruitt – Expectations

Does Brandi Carlile have a little sister? No idea. But if she did, and she listened to Fleetwood Mac and Jenny Lewis, she might record an album like this. An incredibly assured debut from Pruitt.

 

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