New Music Monday Is Feeling Soulful

by Quinn Harris
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New Music Monday is a collection of the best new releases in music each week. We share them with you every Monday, every hour on WFUV.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - "Come To My Party"

Black Joe Lewis is a Austin-based singer, inspired by blues shouters like Howlin Wolf and Wilson Pickett. Much like the lyrics an old blues song, Lewis got his start when he picked up a guitar at the pawnshop he was working at. Since then, Lewis and his band The Honeybears have put out three albums of R&B shouting. "Come To My Party" is a song from the band's new record, Electric Slave, which finds the band going in new directions. It's a fun, dance-oriented song complete with funky horns and the simple but memorable chorus of "Come to my party."

Earth, Wind, & Fire - "My Promise"

They know what they're doing. With 44 years in the business and over 90 million albums sold, we think that there's little reason to doubt Earth, Wind, and Fire. "My Promise" proves that point; it's the same grooving funk that shows the band hasn't lost a step since the 1970s. Their new album, Now, Then, & Forever, is out in September and if it's anything like the single it's sure to be an instant classic of white hot EWF funk.

Foy Vance - "Closed Hand, Full of Friends"

He was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Oklahoma as the son of a traveling church minister. The formative years of Foy Vance seem to have been a large factor in his music. At times it is grim and melancholy, not unlike Van Morrison, and at others upbeat and soulful like Otis Redding. "Closed Hand, Full of Friends" finds Vance somewhere right in the middle of those two styles. It begins with a mellow rhythm on the piano over which he sings, "So lets start over / with no means to an end" before he launches into the joyous, repeated chorus of "I'm feeling alright." 

J. Roddy Walston & the Business - "Marigold"

J. Roddy Walston & the Business is a rock and roll band in the most primal form of the word. They don't seem to care about money, fame, or looks, which results in a late night, boozy barroom atmosphere that sounds like something in between the beer drinking ballads of The Hold Steady and the deep southern groove of Memphis' Stax records. "Marigold" is a song from the band's new record, Essential Tremors, and it's rock and roll at its finest (and simplest): a hard, driving back beat with rollicking piano from the band's leader while he sings rather subversive lyrics. According to Walston, "the danger is in what lies behind the codes and the prose."

Janelle Monae - "Dance Apocalyptic"

Janelle Monae is an R&B singer with a mind on another planet. Her first EP was about a female android in the year 2719 (inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi epic, Metropolis) while her first full album continued the story with time travel and secret societies. "Dance Apocalyptic," her newest single, seems to have lost some of her sci-fi influence but it's similar to her older tunes in that it's just plain good. It's a faced-paced, grooving soul jam with end-of-the-world overtones which has us extremely excited for her full album, The Electric Lady, out September 10th. 

Laura Veirs - Warp and Weft

Warp and Weft is the ninth album from Coloradan Laura Veirs. It's a bittersweet record that delicately maneuvers through themes of motherhood, innocence, love, and violence. From the roaring, Sonic Youth-like ode to Alice Coltrane on "That Alice" to her take on today's "America" -- complete with the sound of a passing freight train -- the album is a mixed bag of styles. The album is out August 19th, and Veirs is backed by the star-studded cast of Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Jim James.

Tired Pony - "All Things All At Once"

"All Things All At Once" is the new track from Tired Pony. What began as a small side project between Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol) and Peter Buck (of R.E.M.) eventually blossomed into a collaboration between Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, Richard Colbun (of Belle and Sebastian) and Tom Smith. "All Things All At Once" is similar to their sparse first album, The Place We Ran From. It's a slow-rolling song with beautiful, yearning melodies that reminds us of Americana musicians like Calexico and Gillian Welch.