Nine Inch Nails, “Less Than”
Add Violence EP (Columbia)
Recommended If You Like: A little of the old ultraviolence with your droogs
This is the second of a triptych of EPs that began with the release of Not the Actual Events just before last Christmas. Trent hasn’t said when the third part of this series will be released, but there would be a certain symmetry to it coming out in December. I love the artwork for the physical edition, too. It comes with this interesting question: “REMEMBER WHEN RECORDS HAD BACK COVERS? NO? MAYBE THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT.” What could that possibly mean?
Land of Talk, “This Time”
Life After Youth (Saddle Creek)
RIYL: Metric, July Talk, City and Colour
Montreal’s Land of Talk has been on the verge of Something Big for the last few years, but have yet to break through on the level of July Talk and some of their other contemporaries. This is a shame because front person Elizabeth Powell deserves more national and international recognition. Let’s see what happens with this third album.
Welshly Arms, “Legendary”
RIYL: Rag’n’Bone Man, Kaleo, Coleman Hell
Is it just me or are we starting to see more rock-blues bands these days? If so, Welshly Arms is running with that pack. This six-piece from Cleveland know their way around everything from Jimi Hendrix to the Jack Keys to Otis Redding to Howlin’ Wolf. Why is this song called “Legendary?” “Cuz we’re gonna be legends,” says lead singer and guitarist Sam Getz. Oasis-level confidence or just bluster? We’ll see.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business, “The Wanting”
The Wanting EP (Cadence/ATO)
RIYL: Kings of Leon, Hold Steady, Drive-By Truckers
From another Cleveland (this one is in Tennessee; who knew?) comes this four-piece led by the piano-pounding J. Roddy Walston, who grew up on gospel and country music. Imagine the disappointment of his parents when he discovered Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. There will be a full LP in the fall.
White Hot Guilt, “Little Things”
White Hot Guilt EP (Independent)
RIYL: July Talk – but with a big caveat
As if Josh Warburton of July Talk isn’t busy enough, he and producer Thomas D’Arcy found time to create an EP featuring music they describe as “Daft Punk meets the Bee Gees” and “LCD Soundsystem meets Stevie Wonder.” Guest contributors include Peter from July Talk as well as Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric and Limblifter. Proceeds from this album will go to benefiting Sketch, an organization that helps youth in trouble.