May picks for 92.9 and 96.9 WEHM New Release Tuesdays (airing every Tuesday from 9-10pm) are able to meld layers of elements into a cohesive, catchy song.
Quirky indie-rockers Vampire Weekend have come out with their third longplayer Modern Vampires of the City and the track “Diane Young.” In an interesting juxtaposition, punkish aggression combines with electronic bleeps and bloops for great effect.
Favorite local folkie James Maddock returns with another slice of mellow introspection on the track “Another Life” from the eponymous album. It is intriguing how acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano all seamlessly weave together to form this comfortable musical quilt.
She & Him, featuring the performing arts polymath Zooey Deschanel, just released Volume 3, featuring the song “Never Wanted Your Love.” It has an old-time Motown backbeat and the ambiance and orchestral touches of a Phil Spector Wall Of Sound production.