Worlds Of Songcraft Edition Part 2: E.B. The Younger, Rozi Plain, Sweet Whirl & Rose Elinor Dougall
E.B. The Younger: To Each His Own
A couple of months ago I featured some great songwriters (did you check ‘em out?) and promised more to come, so here is the second edition (with more to come down the road). I’ll start with E.B. The Younger. To Each His Own is the debut album for Eric Brandon “EB” Pulido, formerly of the gone-too-soon Midlake. The album is a delight of rootsy rock songs, occasional twang, occasionally a bit buzzed, but mostly music that just feels right. More than a few future ooh-I-love-this-song!’s in there. Enjoy!
Rozi Plain: What A Boost
Speaking of musicians who are/were in another band, Rozi Plain has spent a bit of the last couple years playing with twice-Recommned’d This Is The Kit, so it’s no surprise that her debut album What A Boost should merit a rec itself. But maybe it is surprising just what a revelation Plain is here. She seems to create new worlds of sound and rhythm, something incredibly unique and downright addictive. There is a naked simplicity to the songwriting that’s then lovingly and artistically worked over with just-right instrumentation and a collage of sound to create some really stunning music. One of my favorite records of the year so far, a must listen.
Sweet Whirl: Love Songs & Poetry
Coming from Melbourne, Australia is Esther Edquist, aka Sweet Whirl. She’s got lovely new EP out, six tracks of bare-to-the-bone songs that highlight her dusky melancholy and a voice that balances on fragility and strength. The release is called Love Songs & Poetry, which just about sums up the songwriting, with album art that somehow captures the impressionistic listening-through-a-cloud-of-smoke feel. This is some excellent modern-day folk from an artist worth keeping an eye on.
Rose Elinor Dougall: A New Illusion
We’ll wrap up this week’s set with A New Illusion, the newest release from Rose Elinor Dougall. Dougall was a member of the Pipettes who’s building up a solo career and her third release is a powerhouse of songcraft worth checking out. Dougall’s dreamlike songs are couched in a punchy sound of bass and synth with occasional sweeps of strings or guitar, while never overwhelming, the voice holding the center throughout. The effect is rather intoxicating. Good shit, I think you’ll dig.