Gena Rose Bruce first came to our attention back in 2018 with the independent release of two well-crafted confessionals called Coming Down and The Way You Make Love. Since then she officially signed with Dot Dash Records to release her debut album Can’t Make You Love Me, a thoroughly considered and deeply reflective effort that plays on her strengths as a songwriter. Threads of indie pop combined with her husky vocals really make this album standout as one of the best new releases of the week.
Thom Yorke, the frontman of the legendary rock band Radiohead has released ANIMA his first solo album in five years. In fact, it’s his third solo album overall which has been described by Pitchfork’s Philip Sherburne as “the first one that feels complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue.”
Country trio Runaway June and their infectious radio friendly sound is music to my ears. There is no better place to start than their debut album Blue Roses. Just listen to the harmonies, especially on Head Over Heels, Lipstick and their anthemic Buy My Own Drinks, and honestly tell me that you don’t feel nostalgic!? They have been favourably compared to the Dixie Chicks and it’s kind of nice to hear some old school bluegrass and traditional country influences from an upcoming new group than don’t feel intimated by the country-pop inspired musings of Carrie Underwood and Kasey Musgraves.
My favourite garage rockers The Black Keys return today with their stunning ninth album Lets Rock. In truth, they never left my side with plenty of music to listen to from their back catalogue but how good is it to hear some new stuff after five years away! The charming toe tapper Go which first stoked the flames of their return in May arguably setting the scene of what was to come on their new album. Interestingly the cool music video that accompanies the song pokes fun at all the rumours that Auerbach and Carney had fallen out with each other, when in fact they just simply suffered from burnout. Back and energised, if The Black Keys don’t riff their way back into my heart, then rock is truly dead my friends. With their focus squarely centred back on guitar and drums, you will positively enjoy standouts like Get Yourself Together, Sit Around and Miss You, Lo/Hi and Eagle Bird. Definitely my album of the week. Enjoy!