Texas King, “Boomerang”
RIYL: Straight ahead Canadian rock’n’roll
From Texas, right? Nope. London, Ontario. (I know, I know, but “London King” doesn’t have the same zing.) Together since 2012, this four-piece has supported bands like USS, the Trews, Current Swell, X-Ambassadors and Mother Mother. They’re in the van now, touring the country before returning to these parts for a show at Adelaide Hall on December 2.
Half-Light (XL Recordings)
Recommended If You Like: Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear
Yep, the guy from Vampire Weekend. Rostam Batmanglij (you can understand why he uses just his first name) loves the cello, which is used to great effect on this song. In fact, the intro of the song is damned near classical. Or maybe it’s slightly traditional Irish. Or maybe Eastern in some way. However it strikes you, this is a damned pretty song.
Moon Taxi, “Two High”
Single (12th South Records)
RIYL: Coleman Hell (at least for this song), Wallflowers, Counting Crows
Depending how you mine the back catalogue of this Nashville five-piece, you’re forgiven if you think their influences are equal parts Steely Dan, Phish and Rush—and you wouldn’t be wrong. This particular song is about hope, something that we could all use right about now.
Mo Kenney, “Maybe I Am”
The Details (Pheromone Records)
RIYL: Break-up albums
Mo’s just-released third album “traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships.” A feel-good record, then. She describes this song thusly: “I wrote this song post-breakup when I was going out a bunch and trying to meet new people. I was drinking a lot, trying to avoid my feelings. I was starting to realize through all this that I had a lot of problems I hadn’t been dealing with appropriately. It was bittersweet. It was a tough time that ended up giving me a lot of clarity. I was reflecting on all of this when I sat down to write this tune.”
The Breeders, “Wait in the Car”
RIYL: The sounds of 1992
Given there hasn’t been a Breeders album since 2008 and no recorded output since 2009, Kim and Kelley Deal are overdue but, alas, this won’t be part of a full record. Instead, it’ll be part of a new series of 7-inch singles from 4AD. There will be three different records, each limited to just 1,500 copies, and each on a different coloured vinyl (orange, yellow and red.) Collect them all!