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Elastic Bond - Real
Real is the third album from Miami-based band Elastic Bond, and it's like nothing we've ever heard before. The band's genre is hard to pin down; it's a blend of Latin soul, funk, Afro Cuban jazz, and bossa nova. Singer Sofy Encanto says that the band calls themselves Elastic Bond because "our music stretched out to different cultures and parts of the world. We do it with a unified sound, a common rhythm, like chemistry." We couldn't have described it any better, from the smooth and jazzy "More Music" to the Spanish lyrics of "Pierdo El Control" and "La Curandera".
Leftover Cuties - The Spark & The Fire
Leftover Cuties are a band whose first song (written on a napkin in five minutes) was chosen as the theme song for the Showtime series "The Big C" starring Laura Linney. In addition to that, they've also had songs featured in Samsung and Hyundai commercials, so you've probably heard them somewhere before. The Spark & The Fire is their third album, out July 13th. It's a melodic, sweet blend of upbeat pop songs that make a perfect soundtrack for the summer. Singer Shirli McAllen's vocals are warm and joyous, especially on the Preservation Hall Jazz Band-esque song, "If Only It Could Be." Be sure to look out for Leftover Cuties when they come through New York in August.
T. Hardy Morris - Audition Tapes
Audition Tapes is a new record from singer T. Hardy Morris. It was cut in Nashville, which might explain the country and western feel; the tunes are a meandering blend of country and low-fi indie, maybe something like a modern day interpretation of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music. In addition to being the lead singer of of atmospherioc psych band Dead Confederate, Morris is also a member of indie supergroup Diamond Rugs – but the assumption that this is just a side project is hardly true. Morris enlisted many musical friends including members of Delta Spirit, The Black Lips, and The Whigs, and together they have created a truly fantastic record, especially on pedal steel-heavy songs such as "Share The Needle."