Weekly RecommNeds: Royal Baths / Hopewell / Cate Le Bon

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Royal Baths: Better Luck Next Life


Seems like every week a new-to-me psych-rock band bubbles up onto my radar and, well, I just can’t resist. Earlier this year, this album entered the rotation and, with its dark-energy, guitar-mayhem intensity, it didn’t leave for quite a while. Bluesy garage rock riffs couple with dreamy vocals belie the Royal Baths roots in San Francisco and their relocation to Brooklyn. It’s evil, but not angry — play it loud.


Spotify: Royal Baths – Better Luck Next Life
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/62910335
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B006U63ZLE
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/royal-baths/album/better-luck-next-life

Hopewell: Another Music


Hopewell is one of the NYC bands that’s toiled in the trenches for years and years, on and off. It’s a labor of love and it shows in the music which adds early indie-pop sensibility to the loose, lava lamp pastiche. Their newest release is an easy-on-the-ears EP, five tracks of space rock, spanning mood and energy, evoking the Flaming Lips, Janes Addiction and beyond. My favorite track is The King & the Canary, a slow-burner that carries the confidence of a band that’s been around the block and the adventurous spirit of a band that’s just begun.


Spotify: Hopewell – Another Music
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/72457859
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B008YVY0N0
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/hopewell/album/another-music

Cate Le Bon: Cyrk


Sometimes “psychedelic” can just mean “weird” and, in the best way possible, that’s the best way to describe the Welshwoman’s sound. Yes, Wales, the land that brings you words like mwynhewch and bwyd also brings you the off-kilter, prog-pop-freak-folky music of Cyrk. All that being said, there’s an endearing sweetness with an hypnotic magnetism that’s tough to resist. And if, like me, you find yourself smitten with Cyrk, there’s more: a companion EP (Cyrk II) was released recently.


Spotify: Cate le Bon – Cyrk
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/62844551
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B006SANE4U
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/cate-le-bon/album/cyrk

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