Review: Like a slightly in-tune Nico from her collab with The Velvet Underground, Natalie Mering's vocals have a unique quality to them that shouldn't go unheard. There's an undeniable country music beauty to the notes and instrumentation in both tracks "A Lot's Gonna Change" and "Andromeda", with Mering hitting those high notes more like Father John Misty and Roy Orbison than Dolly Parton. It's here that it becomes obvious why she is such a trusted collaborator with Ariel Pink. Her album as Weyes Blood, "Titanic Rising", dips and dives through a sequence of emotions that from the halfway point soars like a bird in "Everyday" and the Enya-like "Movies" before making its own crescendo down again on "Picture Me Better" and "Nearer to Thee", closing the album with nostalgia-inducing tales.
Review: Texas band White Denim have been kicking around for the past decade with a constant stream of albums released through labels like Full Time Hobby, Downtown, and for a second time, City Slang. "Side Effects" follows up from 2018's "Performance" and the band deliver once more a hotted up selection of rock 'n' roll licks that touch on a grungey sound not too distant from the New York Dolls. Furthermore, White Denim maintain their finger picking, folk and bluesy take on psychedelica, and acid washed or not, the band remain no frills in their musical technique with a subtle but quality touch of glam too. School's out for summer!