Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - “B-Side”
Psych-funk outfit Khruangbin continues its work with R&B singer Leon Bridges on the new EP “Texas Moon,” which is scheduled for release in Feb. of 2022 (it’s their second release together in as many years). The album’s lead single “B-Side” serves as a dazzling reminder of the Texas collective’s collaborative power. The track announces itself with a groovy funk guitar intro from Khruangbin’s Mark Speer that reflexively conjures up the spirit of the 70′s before transitioning into the grace of Bridges’ soulful vocals.
Federale - “Sundown, Sundown”
Federale is a seven-piece group out of Oregon fronted by longtime Brian Jonestown Massacre bassist Collin Hegna. “The band was conceived as an outlet to channel inspiration from ‘60s & ‘70s European soundtracks, particularly those from Italy made famous by the Spaghetti Western & Giallo genres,” the band explains on its website. Those influences are omnipresent (and incredibly gratifying) on the new single “Sundown, Sundown,” a song from a new covers album called “Our Side Of Their Story” that features an atmospheric collage of instrumentation and harmony.
The Mistons - “World of Convenience”
Portland duo The Mistons is made up of vocalist Sean Croghan and drummer Micah Kassell. Together they deliver an unapologetic roar with the title song from the album, “World of Convenience.” Croghan described the song as, “A paranoid public service message. [It’s] my take on delivery culture mixed with the growing fear of the outside world. We wrote this pre-pandemic. Even then I noticed more neighbors venturing out less, treating their neighborhood like a threat instead of as [a] community.”