The handful of regular Thought on Tracks readers should be able to detect a pattern in the type of music I promote in this space. I have a weakness for female vocalists, fuzzy garage bands, experimentation and Afrobeat influences – particularly in jazz. Louisville’s Sandpaper Dolls has several of my guilty pleasures rolled into a single package.
The experimental, female A Capella trio recently dropped their debut single “Swallow Them Whole.” Singers Suki Anderson, Amber Estes and Rebecca Dennison weave impeccable vocal lines, looped for added depth and layering. The result is an arrangement similar to fellow female trio Mountain Man with the poly-rhythmic styling of tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus. “Swallow Them Whole” is the first taste of Sandpaper Dolls’ self-titled debut, due out via Karate Body Records on November 6. The album will be available for pre-order on September 25.
Written by Rob Peoni
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Back in March, we featured an interview and a few songs from UK-export The Shamefaced Sparrows. From the hypothetical libido of an indie songstress to a breakdown of the playground hierarchy, the sheer absurdity found in the responses of that interview will likely go down as some of the finest lines to ever grace this modest space. Late yesterday, we received word that our favorite irreverent Brits were safe, sound and playing tunes again.
“….since [we last talked], we have been self-imprisoned in our makeshift den, built amid a unmapped tree-ringed field, hidden from civilization and home only to ourselves and a silver-draped gang of magpies……. we finally emerge with two new tracks – Apple Tragedy and Ride That Seastorm! – which we would like to share with you and thought on tracks…
steve + laim.”
Listen to “Ride That Seastorm!” below and visit The Shamefaced Sparrows’ Soundcloud page for three additional tracks.
Coming off the heels of a wholeheartedly underrated album in 2011’s Ritual Union, Little Dragon released their first new material late last week. The single is called “Sunshine” and it’s another great effort from the Swedish pop band. Featuring what appears to be a flute supporting a synth-heavy, staccato beat, it’s a smooth, funky little jam that is completely enjoyable. Whether or not this is left over material from the band’s third studio album or something written while on tour, I am an unabashed fan of Yukimi Nagano’s vocal style. Her voice has the edge of a Saturday night to it, and we can only hope more material comes shortly.
Written by Greg Dahman