Best of What’s New

A selection of newly released music that caught my attention

It’s Saturday again, which means time to take a fresh look at newly released music. All picks appear on brand-new albums that came out yesterday (October 14). Let’s get to it without further ado!

Miko Marks & The Resurrectors/Feel Like Going Home

How many Americana and country artists can you name who are women of color? I’m thrilled to feature for the second time in Best of What’s New Miko Marks, an African-American singer drawing from both genres, as well as blues, soul and gospel. Born in Flint, Mich., she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005, Marks released her debut single Freeway Bound, which also was the title track of her first studio album that appeared in September of the same year. In 2006, she was named Best New Country Artist by U.S. trade magazine New Music Weekly. Marks has also won various music awards and was included in this year’s Country Music Television’s “Next Women of Country 2022” class. Feel Like Going Home is the excellent title track of her fourth and latest studio album. Initially, the tune appeared as a single back in March. As was the case for her previous album, Marks is backed by The Resurrectors, the house band of Redtone Records. I absolutely love her soulful sound and want to further explore this artist!

Souad Massi/Dessine-moi un Pays

Souad Massi is an Algerian Berber singer-songwriter and guitarist, my first such artist on the blog. From her Apple Music profile: Displaying influences as disparate as birdsong, American folk rock, Spanish flamenco, tablas from Pakistan, and Arabic lutes, all held together by a cool, sad-edged voice, Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi possesses one of the most unusual stories and sounds in the pop universe. Born amidst civil-war-torn Algers, her penchant for Westerns, particularly of the Sergio Leoni variety, prompted a specific interest in country music and cowboy culture. Massi joined Atakor, a rock band named after an Algerian mountain range, and in 1997 released a cassette of her own songs backed by Atakor entitled simply Souad. The cassette’s popularity brought death threats in her home country and when invited to play a festival in Paris, she chose to remain in France, where she released critically-favored records like Raoui and Deb. This brings me to Massi’s new album Sequana and the opener Dessine-moi un Pays (“draw a country for me”). While I admittedly don’t understand the lyrics, I find Massi’s music and singing really beautiful.

Enumclaw/Jimmy Neutron

Enumclaw are an indie rock band from Tacoma, Wash., named after a city located about 30 miles east of Tacoma. According to a profile on the website of their record label Luminelle Recordings, the group includes Aramis Johnson (lead vocals, guitar), Nathan Cornell (guitar), Johnson’s younger brother Eli Edwards (bass) and Ladaniel Gipson (drums). Here’s a bit more from their profile: Even though they hail from the home of grunge, their influences stretch a bit further; the group is already well on their way to becoming “the best band since Oasis,” their earliest motto. Aramis says the band led by the Gallagher brothers is a clear inspiration, given their rise from a working-class background, and not just because his own brother is in the group as well. Enumclaw are now out with their full-length debut album Save the Baby. Here’s Jimmy Neutron penned by Johnson. I like the rawness in their sound.

Red Hot Chili Peppers/Tippa My Tongue

Only six months after Unlimited Love, their international chart-topper, Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with a new album, their 13th. Just like its predecessor, Return of the Dream Canteen was produced by Rick Rubin, who also had also served in that capacity for six albums in a row released between 1991 and 2011. The current members of the Chili Peppers, who have been around since 1983, include co-founders Anthony Kiedis (lead vocals) and Michael Peter Balzary, known as Flea (bass, trumpet, piano, backing vocals), along with John Frusciante (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals) and Chad Smith (drums, percussion). Here’s Tippa My Tongue, the cool funky opener. Apart from Flea’s bass-playing, I dig the guitar work on this tune. Check it out!

As usual, following is a Spotify playlist with the above and a few additional tracks by the featured artists.

Sources: Wikipedia; Apple Music; Luminelle Recordings website; YouTube; Spotify

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7 thoughts on “Best of What’s New”

  1. I like the Enumclaw song…Jimmy Neutron…they had to get that from the children’s cartoon.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers….always fun to listen to.

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    1. Thanks, Max. I guess my favorite this week is Miko Marks. She’s got so much soul, plus I think it’s great to see more Black artists breaking into Americana and country. I’m still pretty new to the Peppers. That said, I surely like the groove of that tune. Enumclaw have a nice raw sound. Heck, shockingly, I like all my picks! 🙂

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      1. lol… the only reason I said that about Jimmy Neutron is because Bailey grew up on that. The RHCP are always fun…I don’t like all of their songs but they always have a great funk mood.
        Marks’s voice is fantastic and yes that is rare but hopefully getting more common place.

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  2. Boy, if that woman is country then I don’t know what country sounds like. Sounds more like bluesy/gospel. Not that the genre matters but just sayin’. Try though I might have a really hard time hearing stuff sung in another language. I like the indie tune but the clear winner is Chili Peppers. I’ve always liked these guys from day one. They’d be fun to see. Frusciante, the guitarist, is to your point, mighty fine.

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    1. Frankly, I’m not sure either why Miko Marks is considered country or Americana, at least based on her new album. That said, I haven’t listened to any of her previous music. Perhaps it’s closer to these two genres. I still don’t know much of RHCP’s music. But while he may share the name with a tiny insect, Flea is a giant bassist!

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  3. Kudos to you Christian for including a song by an Algerian artist. It’s not something I could listen to a lot, but it’s a lovely song and her vocals are really compelling. I really like the Enumclaw track (and having been to Washington state many times, I immediately recognized the town that gave them their name).

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