Chris Staples "Holy Moly (Barsuk)"
Chris Staples has found himself saying “holy moly” a LOT lately. Same, Chris, same. Also, he picked a hell of a time to quit drinking-last year. But in his new found sober time he rediscovered his teenage coping system for his issues. Writing songs. The songs he wrote during this time are the ones found on his new album Holy Moly (Barsuk). Honestly, if this is what sobriety sounds like I might follow in Chris’ footsteps. Full of hopefulness and earworm-worthy melodies, this is as good as Chris has ever been! Whether its the Spoon meets Wilco sounds of the title track “Holy Moly” or the classic Staples folk-balladry of “Spinning Wheel” you’re sure to cheer up checking out Holy Moly. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you said “holy moly” yourself (or at least “man that is moldy” when opening your bread box. Freeze what you don’t need next time!). So check out the title track already!
Cross Record "Cross Record (Ba Da Bing!)"
The third full-length from Cross Record (self-titled) is a meditative, unnerving, gorgeous mystery of an album. It commands your attention, yet it spends most of its time just out of reach-lying in the space between… hmmm. Here’s the part where I wrote myself into a corner by trying to compare Emily Cross’ music here with someone else’s, and I’m coming up blank. It’s so singular and nuanced, you really need to hear this one to believe it (thanks for the advice Ripley’s Believe It Or Not). The closest I can get is… I dunno… Sade covering Radiohead? Does that make sense? Check out “Y/o Dragon” and let me know it if does.