Best of What’s New

A selection of newly released music that caught my attention

By now, more frequent visitors of the blog know what’s about to come. If you’re here for the first time or haven’t seen a previous installment, Best of What’s New is a weekly recurring feature looking at new/recently released music. Since I mostly listen to ’60s and ’70s music, oftentimes, artists I include in these posts are new to me. Occasionally, I also push a little bit beyond my comfort zone. All tunes in this installment appear on albums and an EP that were released yesterday (July 16).

Jodi/Get Back

Jodi is an alter ego for Chicago-based singer-songwriter Nick Levine. According to this review in Stereogum, until last year, Levine was affiliated with New Jersey indie rock band Pinegrove. He occasionally had been part of their line-up since 2010. Levine debuted as Jodi in 2017 with an EP titled Karaoke. Get Back is a track from Jodi’s new and first full length album Blue Heron. I like the sound of this tune. It’s got a bit of an alt. country vibe. Check it out!

Aodhan/Flies In My Room

Aodhan is the moniker of 21-year-old Australian artist Aidan Whitehall. According to a profile on Australian music outlet Unearthed, Aodhan started releasing self-produced singles in 2019. In an accompanying interview, he said his sound is still developing, adding he likes dream pop/bedroom pop music and coastal/indie folk. Flies In My Room is the title track of his debut EP. Apple Music characterizes it as “deeply wistful, often existential musings, sung over soft guitars and gentle melodies.” Not the kind of music I typically listen to, but I find this quite soothing.

Wavves/Thru Hell

Wavves is an alternative rock music project of singer-songwriter Nathan Williams. Started by Williams (guitar, lead vocals) in 2008, Wavves’ current members also include Alex Gates (guitar, backing vocals) and Stephen Pope (bass guitar, backing vocals). Their eponymous debut album appeared in September 2008. King of the Beach, the band’s third album from August 2010, was the first to enter the U.S. charts, climbing to no. 28 and no. 168 on the Billboard Independent Albums and 200 charts, respectively. Thru Hell is the opener of Wavves’ new album Hideaway, their seventh. I also featured the title track, which had been released upfront, in a recent Best of What’s New installment. This music nicely rocks!

John Mayer/Last Train Home

Here’s a name I haven’t heard for some time. While I mostly like John Mayer as a guitarist when he “gets dirty” and rocks out with the likes of Eric Clapton, e.g., here, I also respect him as a pop-oriented songwriter and vocalist. Mayer started his recording career as a 21-year-old with the EP Inside Out, which appeared in September 1999. His first full-length studio album Room for Squares was released in June 2001. In 2005, he formed blues rock band John Mayer Trio, together with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. They have played on and off since. The trio also formed the core of the studio band for Mayer’s seventh solo album The Search for Everything from April 2017. Last Train Home is the opener to his eighth and new album Sob Rock. Commenting to Apple Music, Mayer said, “It’s demonstratively sweet and luscious, and melodic and colorful, but it’s never to the point where it gets cloying and syrupy. I like to teeter on that line.”

Sources: Wikipedia; Stereogum; Apple Music; YouTube

7 thoughts on “Best of What’s New”

  1. Love the guitars in Jodi/Get Back…great sound and playing on that.

    I like the power-pop fell of the Wavves also…of course.

    John Mayer is a great guitar player. I just never caught on to him…why I don’t know. I need to listen to more of his music.

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  2. Mayer is an interesting guy. Admittedly, I mostly like when he plays blues rock, which really brings out his great guitar chops. But while certainly more on the slick side, I think some of his pop tunes are pretty good. He can also be quite soulful like on “Waiting for the World to Change.”

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  3. As always, you’ve selected a fine array of songs Christian. I’ve been a long-time fan of John Mayer, as he’s a great guitarist and songwriter. I really love a few of his songs, including “No Such Thing”, “Heartbreak Warfare” and “Half of My Heart”, but others sound rather boring to me. I do like “Last Train Home” and also “New Light” from his latest album ‘Sob Rock’.

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    1. Thanks. As noted in the post, I mostly like John Mayer as a guitarist when he plays blues rock. In terms of his own songs, my favorite is “Waiting on the World to Change.” I also like “Love Soon” (from his debut EP), “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, “Daughters”, “Heartbreak Warfare” and “Half of My Heart”.

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    1. I generally like John Mayer but think I’m okay to stream his music as opposed to buying CDs. And sharp observation about the cover! 🙂 One of the reviews I saw compared it to one of Don Henley’s ’80s album covers. I guess they must have referred to “I Can’t Stand Still.”

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