Don’t worry, you didn’t wake up fifty years late and just discover Leon Bridges.
The twenty-six-year-old, Fort Wayne, TX born Soul-singer is a time capsule back to the good ol’ days of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Bobby Womack. Bridges dresses himself in purely vintage clothes and his music plays the same way he looks: classic.
Bridges’ debut album “Coming Home” releases today, June 23rd, on all music platforms.
The former Fleet Foxes drummer, Josh Tillman, released his second solo album, I Love You, Honeybear, earlier this year, and it may very well be my favorite album of 2015. From the first time I heard his music, it was clear that FJM is producing material that is on another plane than the rest of the industry – no one sounds like him. The whimsical playfulness of the folk singer’s vocals paired with the philosophically rooted lyrics is truly a sight to behold. After a few turns of the new record, the second single, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”, stood out to me. The track is layered with horns and spanish guitar and facilitates the tale of an (eccentric) love story that only FJM can sing best.
If you like what you’ve heard, check out a track from his intimate performance at the Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg (cliche, I know).
Last week at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, we were lucky enough to finally experience Son Lux, aka Ryan Lott, live. In case you don’t know Son Lux, he’s the creator of hits “Easy” and “Lost it to Trying” off his 2013 album Lanterns. In case you don’t know what those songs are, listen now:
After the success of his first two albums, Lott has expanded this project to include Ian Chang on drums and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar. I expected this performance to be filled with synths and prerecorded back up tracks to achieve that texture we hear in so many Lux songs. There was none of that.
Every detail of every song was made organically in real time, each song rising and and building as Lott feverishly looped vocals and riffs with Chang drumming like an absolute beast and Bhatia shredding right next to him.
The sound this group creates is absurdly refreshing and after seeing them create their stuff live, I have a new found respect for what they do. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were the next Alt-J.
Their new album Bones comes out June 23rd. After hearing about half the album live, trust us when we say it will be one of the best albums of the year. Here’s the first single from that album Change is Everything:
(Tip: as with all Son Lux songs, turn it all the way up)