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New Music Monday Has The Blues

by Quinn Harris

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.

Escondido - "Cold October"

"Cold October" is a track from Escondido's new record, The Ghost of Escondido. Escondido is the duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James (a member of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) who met in 2011 over a mutual love of spaghetti western soundtracks. The song is a mid-tempo track that finds a very unique groove and reminds us a little bit of Fleetwood Mac.

The Civil Wars - "The One That Got Away"

The Civil Wars are a Nashville folk duo set to release their album The Civil Wars on August 5th. Since the release of their first record in 2011, the band has gone on to win Grammys for both Best Country Duo as well as Best Folk Album, and we think "The One That Got Away" only furthers that reputation. It's a dark, brooding folk song that fits in well with "broken relationship" themes of their other releases.

James McCartney - James McCartney

It's probably hard for James McCartney to escape comparisons to his father Paul, but we think he's well on his way with the release of James McCartney. McCartney has played on a few of his father's albums before and we do feel some of his influence, but for the most part the album is James' own well-crafted, textured vision. James McCartney is a welcome, long awaited debut.

The Polyphonic Spree - "You Don't Know Me"

"You Don't Know Me" is a song from the Polyphonic Spree's newest album, Yes, It's True. The group is a 15-plus member ensemble that plays a unique blend of pop, rock, and gospel. Their new song is a little bit R.E.M., a little bit Flaming Lips, and something we're really excited to share. The band recently released a live album, will soon release a concert documentary, and will cap it all off with Yes, It's True on August 6th.

Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone

Valerie June is without a doubt one of the most unique new singers we've come across. About Pushin' Against A Stone, her first record, she said, "I'm singing a little blues, I'm singing a little folk, I'm singing a little country... I'm singing whatever comes out of me." Her sound seems like a cross between country folk (think Gillian Welch), Delta blues (Mississippi John Hurt), electric blues (Howlin' Wolf), and modern blues revivalists (The Black Keys). Pushin' Against A Stone is set to be one of the most surprising and biggest records of 2013.