Johnette Napolitano: Naked

Concrete Blonde frontwoman Johnette Napolitano has a 3-song solo EP entitled Naked. The EP is a preview of her forthcoming full-length solo album, tentatively set for release in September. Naked is, as the title suggests, a stripped down, acoustic set comprised solely of Johnette’s extraordinary voice and guitar.

The opening track “Here” is an unexpectedly simple and sincere love song.

“Memory Go” is a bit repetitive lyrically for my taste, but the vocal and melody are very effective in conveying a yearning to forget.

“Jazz on Vinyl” is not only the standout track on the EP, it may be my favorite song of the year. It’s a rich, gritty, substantial ballad. A real love song for a real love, drenched in tequila and classic blues.

You can also hear Johnette’s magnificent new work “The Witness” exclusively on the for RAINN benefit album.

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Company of Thieves’ Genevieve Debut Solo EP

We “introduced” readers to Genevieve as part of Muruch’s Surfacing series in January and we’re excited to announce the upcoming release of the Company of Thieves frontwoman’s debut solo EP, Show Your Colors, on. Genevieve always sounds fabulous…

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Introducing Silver Trees…

Nashville’s Silver Tress make pretty, indie folk-pop music that is at times reminiscent of The Rescues or The Civil Wars. So I, of course, love it. The following songs are from their debut EP, Paper Hearts.

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Introducing Ricky Valet…

Ricky Valet’s debut EP is a trippy carnival ride, or as they call it “minimal electronic/rap/witch music.” Trippy electri-pop tracks “Amongst Friends” (feat. Mothica) and “Stuck Up” (feat. Rachel Mason) bookend trippy rap track “New Oxygen” (feat. Dain the Sire & John Tabler). The entire EP is available as a free, legal download at Soundcloud.

Introducing Firewoodisland…

Firewoodisland are a Norwegian/Welsh indie-folk band. The music on their debut EP, ILD, is similar to Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons, but there’s a slight Celtic twist to their multi-instrumental arrangements.

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