Phantom Farmer, Golden Days
Joel "J. Dahl" McAnulty — the pop craftsman known for his work with De Novo Dahl and By Lightning!, among others — has been hard at work as Phantom Farmer, creating his debut Farmer LP, Golden Days. Days drops today, and — as noted by contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser — McAnulty will celebrate with a release show tonight at The Stone Fox. In characteristic McAnulty fashion, Days consists of grandly arranged and executed, ambitious, feel-good folk pop. The instrumentation is varied and playful, and, for my money, the vocal melodies are as rich and earwormy as anything De Novo Dahl ever produced. The record features contributions from members of Hotpipes, Fly Golden Eagle, Oh Dang Lo Mein, By Lightning!, Poly and more, and standouts include "People May Say," "Cross Town Kids" and "I'm Not Scared," but there really isn't a stinker in the mix. Stream all of Golden Days above, or download it for any price you like at Phantom Farmer's Bandcamp page.
Courtney Jaye, "New Day"
As we mentioned when Courtney Jaye debuted her music video for the track "Say Oh Say," the '70s-evoking country-pop songstress will drop her Love and Forgiveness on May 7. Well, she's just debuted another track from Forgiveness over at CMT Edge. It's called "New Day," and it's a bobbing sliver of optimism that, according to Edge writer Craig Shelburne, "calls to mind the peaceful, easy feeling of ‘70s FM radio." Mosey on over to CMT to give that a listen.
Fielded, Ninety Thirty Thirty
Not so long ago, Lindsay Powell (aka Fielded) unveiled a little preview of her forthcoming Ninety Thirty Thirty (due out next week via Captcha Records). Powell is of course also known for her past work with/as Cake Bake Betty, Ga'an, Skyblazer and more, and as Fielded, she makes artful electro-pop (she herself has labeled it "post-apocalyptic pop") that I recently compared to the avant-garde output of folks like Bjork, CocoRosie, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead and fellow locals Courtney Tidwell and Tristen. Ad Hoc recently shared all of Ninety Thirty Thirty, and you can stream that above or at Fielded's Soundcloud page. Good stuff; hop in there. "Gabrielle" is my personal fave.
Plastic Visions, "Kamikaze"
So, Plastic Visions are that snarling rock act we told you about not so long ago. The band features Brad Shultz (also of Cage the Elephant) and Kane Stewart, and their debut EP will be unveiled next month. For now, they've got a second tune on the Web: a snotty, blown-out, three-minute fuzz-pop burner that lands somewhere in the vicinity of Flaming Lips' psychedelic art rock — only it's seemingly about a self-destructive person rather than, say, someone who battles robots. Hear "Kamikaze" above or at Plastic Visions' Soundcloud page, or download it for free via Pure Volume.