Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram

Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram

I was apprehensive about this acoustic version of “I Just Want To Shine,” by Fitz and the Tantrums, but I believe now after hearing it, that it’s better than the original. You get the true gist of how it was written, and it doesn’t sound so manufactured.

Phantogram is still doing catchy trip-hop if you will. “Pedestal” is a powerful piece of music that would fit anywhere between B96 and WXRT. I’m talking Chicago radio here, so forgive me. It’s accessible and easy on the ears.

Local H finally brings “Innocents” to Spotify and Release Radar. It is the second song from their forthcoming record LIFERS, to be released on April 10th via AntiFragile Music. Originally released in 2018, this one is a rocker, and I love the depth. From the graceful, distorted fingerpicking of the verse, to the big chorus. This band has continued to grow with each and every release.

img_8980Nada Surf is back with their ninth studio album Never Not Together via City Slang. Another 90’s act still pumping out solid pop. “Just Wait” is pretty, almost too pretty at times. So far this batch of songs sounds  really nice, though, I wish there were more rough edges.

The Charlatans give us a demo of “Indian Rope,” released back in the ’90s, and The Radio Dept return with”The Absence of Birds.”

The Lone Bellow deliver a new record today called Half Moon Light, out on Dualtone Records. The National’s Aaron Dessner produced the LP at his upstate New York studio. Super excited to hear this combo of band and producer.

img_8982Blossom Dearie gives us that little bit of jazz we need this week. If you don’t know her, take a listen. She is swagga on a million.

Fat Tony, James Taylor, and Chicago’s Post Animal all drop new singles. It is a busy Friday, to say the least.

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