Alice Merton, “No Roots”
No Roots EP (Mom + Pop Music)
RIYL: MS MR, Florence + The Machine, Lykke Li
Alice is a true multi-national: Born in Frankfurt, raised in Canada, the US and the UK and is back using Germany as her home base. This is the title track of her debut EP—she has “no roots” because she’s moved around so much, geddit?–which first appeared back in December in Europe. It blew up across the continent, so obviously the hope is that she can replicate success over here.
Frightened Rabbit, “How It Gets In” (Feat. Julien Baker)
Recorded Songs EP (Atlantic)
Recommended If You Like: Arcade Fire, The Shins, Radiohead
It’s not a long EP—there are just three songs—but according to the band “These three songs seemed to exist happily next to one another, so it made sense to place them on an EP instead of wedging them into an album on which they didn’t fit. These are not B-sides or ‘bonus tracks’. These are songs that still fill us with the same feelings that our albums can, and we’re happy that they now have a place to live.” Makes sense to me.
Scenic Route to Alaska, “Slow Down”
RIYL: The Strokes with a touch of 90s CanRock
There seems to be something brewing in Edmonton because more and more exceptional music from the city has started to flow through my computer. Witness Scenic Route to Alaska—SRTA to their friends—who are attracting attention with their fourth album, Long Walk Home. Catch them October 21 at The Garrison.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Little Thing Gone Wild”
Wrong Creatures (BMG)
RIYL: Strokes, Black Keys, Cage the Elephant
This garage rockin’ shoe gazin’ alt-rock band from San Francisco has been a going concern since 1998 (I highly recommend their 2001 debut, B.M.R.C.). The sinister new track with its angry bass line heralds the January 12, 2018, arrival of their eighth album. If this is indicative of the rest of the record, I’m all in.
Gary Clark Jr., “Come Together”
RIYL: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz
If you’re going to be called “The Chosen One,” you’d better deliver. And so far, so good. He’s played with BB King and the Rolling Stones, worked with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters on Sonic Highways and now he’s landed this Beatles cover in the trailer for the new Justice League movie. He’s been chosen for something, all right.