Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye. August (see our August Radar) was my birthday month, which was always a bummer when I was still in school and had to go back at the beginning of every September.
There have been more brilliant releases from fab ladies. Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton’s Choir of the Mind, L.A. WITCH’s self-titled debut; Tori Amos came out with Native Invader, and we are really digging Maria Doyle Kennedy’s self-titled, too. And that’s only to name a few. St. Vincent released Los Ageless from the upcoming album Masseduction, and Tegan and Sara finally let us hear one of the tracks from The Con X, by CHVRCHES.
It’s been a good month for music — a really good month — so here are my top five tracks! Behold – September’s Inspirer Radar.
Hand Habits – In Between
After years of playing for other indie artists, LA-based guitarist Meg Duffy decided to write and record some of her own tracks as Hand Habits. Because why not? Juggling working part-time jobs with touring and other such sadly necessary parts of adulthood, Meg Duffy succeeds in bringing her lo-fi, hypnotic, I’m-walking-through the words-and-forgot-my clothes sound with debut LP Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) for those of us to who Girls was Sex and the City.
Best listened to: Smoking at a party full of beautiful people who are really high, directly from the mind of Karl Lagerfeld; the glistening sun sparkling over the waters of St. Tropez.
Lola Pistola – Carol St.
With a single cover that reminds me of a shot from Angelina Jolie’s Gia Carangi biopic Gia, Lola Pistola’s Carol St. captures the early sound of the 90s that I’m still searching for in every woman. Puerto Rican musician Arvelisse Ruby (Lola Pistola) is based in Brooklyn and I’m loving her whole sound/vibe/look. Curfew will be released September 29 on Burger Records and I will surely be listening.
Best listened to: Jumping around your apartment the way you swear you didn’t even do as a teenager but did and still do; head banging with air guitar, wishing you were Donita Sparks.
Mélanie De Biasio – Your Freedom is the End of Me
Belgian Jazz singer Mélanie De Biasio is a critical darling who has toured with the Likes of Eels and earned the interest of UK favourite, Jools Holland. A trained flautist, people refer to her as the Belgian Billie Holiday. So that’s pretty cool. I’m obsessed with this song and can see where they’re coming from. This chilled out Chet Baker-y tune is one for nights in and wine. Her new album Lilies will be released on October 5.
Best listened to: After dark, while walking in slo-mo over the Brooklyn Bridge, the night of the morning after you received a letter from the person you never thought you’d see again.
Germans – Little Red
Little Red is a ride and I wish, because of that, I could somehow use the word hood for funsies. The song really utilises every instrument and avenue it has in its power to deliver the final piece. Germans is the independent musical brainchild of Brooklyn’s Julia Kwamya. Her vibe is like something out of the 80s had genre sex with shoegaze while garage watches. Kwamya is truly an artist that rips every genre to pieces.
Alice Glass – Without Love
Of Crystal Castles fame, Alice Glass left the electronic duo to start releasing her own stuff. I’m glad she did cos she’s got some real bangers and is due to tour with the one and only Queen Marilyn Manson next month. Alice refers to her new music as sounding like “being eaten by fire ants” – perfect!
Best listened to: After a breakup that isn’t as Super Cereal as you thought it was. As far as breakups go, it’s the store brand corn flakes level of serious. But you’re still gonna be upset for a bit… after you finish that episode of The Golden Girls.