Hello music lovers! 🎵 🎧 🎵
The first days of the New Year are behind us and we're on the hunt for new music!
As we are just at the beginning of the year, when many people are setting new goals, today's #newtunes selection is calm, reflective and maybe you will listen to some of it for the weekend :)
A few very well-known names and most of the lesser-known (and unknown), are just working their way up the ladder.
If you don't like something, feel free to skip it.
Peter Gabriel - Panopticom (Bright Side Mix)
Peter Gabriel, I believe, needs no special introduction to the members of the Hive music community. After seven years, he has released a new song, Panopticum, as an announcement of the much-awaited album "I/O", which has been two decades in the making.
The song sounds very good, typically Gabriel-Esque, with superb production and instrumental backing, supported by outstanding lyrics and vocals. As curiosity for knowers, keyboards and synthesizers are played by Brian Eno.
Shania Twain - Giddy Up!
Five-time Grammy Award winner and the most commercially successful singer in country music, Shania Twain enters 2023 with a brand new single, "Giddy Up!". The song also announces her new album "Queen of Me", which arrives in February. This will be her sixth studio album since 2017.
Apparently new country is not immune to the other music genres, I think.
Mount Eerie - Huge Fire
Mount Eerie, is a music project of Phil Elverum, an American songwriter, musician, producer, and visual artist. The song "Huge Fire", is part of the compilation album "Colors" which was released on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Japanese production company 7e.p. Records.
Mount Eerie's style moves between indie and experimental with incorporated ambient, folk, and sometimes metal elements.
Ezra Collective - Welcome To My World
Ezra Collective is a London-based band, from a wave of new-jazz, new, a specific genre of music, which captivated the world with its colorful musical image about five years ago when it broke out of jazz academia and started to spread across clubs and concert stages.
Their music encompasses a wide pool of influences, mixed with deep, avant-garde instrumental virtuosity and a capacity for improvisation rooted in the Afrobeat tradition. This song is taken from their second, new album "Where I'm Meant To Be".
A jazz fusion of afrobeat, jazz-funk, neo-soul, and much more. I recommend the whole album.
Oren Ambarchi - III
Oren Ambarchi is an Australian musician with Iranian-Jewish roots, a multi-instrumentalist who has been actively performing since 1986. He is most often referred to as an experimental guitarist and drummer whose sound combines influences of pulse and drone, repetition and variance, and a blend of natural playing and electronic samples.
This music is from his latest album "Shebang".
NZE NZE - A Kele Nkoo Oking
NZE NZE is a new trio, based in Paris, formed towards the end of 2020, a musical fusion between artist Matthieu Ruben N'Dong (Sacred Lodge), Tioma Tchoulan, and Gaëtan Bizien (UVB76).
The music, rhythmic and ritual sounds, are based on the warrior songs of the Fang people of Central Africa (where Matthieu's father is from) and on sequences of industrial, post-punk, and dub music that the above-mentioned musicians have created before. Interesting.
Leland Whitty - Glass Moon
Leeland Whitty, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and film music composer among others, better known as a member of the Canadian instrumental collective BadBadNotGood, has released his solo debut "Anyhow", continuing his work in the fusion of jazz, psychedelic rock, and dream pop.
A fresh approach to jazz, much likes on the European side of the Atlantic, more precisely in London, from where we have been hearing new jazzy sounds for some time now.
The Bites - Do Me A Favor
And finally, a bit of classic rock'n'roll. The Bites are from Los Angeles. For me, and probably for most, they are a new band.
They are called Hollywood's new princes of fun, retro garage rhythms, and great live shows. This song is the introduction to their debut album "Squeeze" which should be out sometime in the first half of this year. We'll see how far they climb.
If you're interested in new sounds from the past four years, you can listen to them at these links - there are Spotify playlists for each year: