Welcome to another Best of What’s New 90. While I’ve been able to find new music for the past 89 installments, which I find reassuring, the reality is contemporary music can be a tough proposition when you dig the ’60s and the ’70s as much as I do. Some weeks can be challenging, and this was one of them. I’m still happy with what I found. Hope you like some of my picks as well!
Aeon Station/Everything at Once
Aeon Station is a project by singer-songwriter Kevin Whelan. While he just released the debut album Observatory under that moniker, Whelan has been active for more than 30 years. In 1989, he co-founded indie rock band The Wrens, together with his brother Greg Whelan. The group released three albums and disbanded after a drawn-out conflict over a fourth record. According to this short piece in Stereogum, Kevin Whelan took some of the tunes he had written for The Wrens’ fourth album, added some others and put together Observatory, which was released yesterday (December 10). Apparently, his brother and Jerry MacDonald, former drummer of The Wrens, were involved in the project as well. Here’s Everything at Once, a melodic pop-oriented song.
The Tea Party/The Beautiful
The Tea Party are a Canadian rock band initially formed in Toronto in 1990 by multi-instrumentalists Jeff Martin (vocals, guitar, other), Stuart Chatwood (bass, keyboards, other) and Jeff Burrows (drums, percussion). During its initial run until 2005, the trio released seven studio albums. After disbanding in October 2005 due to creative differences, The Tea Party reunited in 2011. Since then, two full-length albums and three EPs have appeared. The Beautiful is a tune from their most recent EP titled Sunshower that came out on November 26. I dig the sound of this tune, which is credited to all three members.
Joey Landreth/Two Trains
Joey Landreth is a Canadian guitarist. From his website: By pushing the boundaries of guitar and tone, Joey Landreth has earned rave reviews from critics and fans for his brand of electric and deeply meaningful songs, amplified by Landreth’s dynamic guitar mastery and spellbinding performances...[His] music has taken him around the world many times. His break-out project as one half of JUNO Award winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth, took a short break after their acclaimed album Let It Lie kept them on the road for 4 years. The time-off afforded Joey the opportunity to tackle new creative challenge, and in 2017, he released his debut solo album Whiskey. Fast forward to November 26 and Landreth’s third and most recent album All That You Dream. Here’s the catchy funky closer Two Trains. Also, check out that neat slide guide action!
Jim Lindberg/I Feel Like the Sun
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Lindberg is best-known as lead vocalist of punk rock group Pennywise. He is one of the co-founders of the band that was formed in 1988. After nine studio albums, Lindberg called it quits in August 2009. He subsequently founded The Black Pacific, another punk outfit that released one album in September 2010 and folded in 2012. Lindberg returned to Pennywise in October that year and has been with the group ever since. I Feel Like the Sun is a great track off Songs from the Elkhorn Trail, a solo album Lindberg put out on November 19. The alternative rock tune sounds very different from his music with Pennywise. That works for me!
Sources: Wikipedia; Stereogum; Joey Landreth website; YouTube