Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Pop City's Patrick Bowman
In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:
Pure Bathing Culture, “Pray For Rain” - Pure bathing culture is a Portland-based duo who are readying the release of their sophomore album, which is due out in October. They’ve just dropped that record’s first single “Pray for Rain” which hits a nice balance between the woozy psychedlica of bands like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the dancey, grooving nu-disco of a band like Rhye or Hercules and the Love Affair. This song can get the dancefloor going, or just soundtrack a good summer evening on the porch. This is actually the first song I’ve heard from them, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
Maximum Balloon, “Let It Grow” Featuring Karen O and Tunde Adebimpe - Maximum Balloon is famed NYC producer Dave Sitek’s solo project he’s tinkered with on occasion, releasing his first album way back in 2010. Sitek is best known for his work with TV on the Radio, and now for the first single from his new upcoming album “Let It Grow” features not only TV On the Radio lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, but also Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O, so it’s basically a class reunion for the biggest indie bands in the world circa 2004. I’m already nostalgiac! The song, as it to become expected from Sitek, is full of little nooks and crannies and suprises from the production, deceptively simple considering it’s built off the back of a fairly easy guitar chord progression, but the fact it lets Karen O and Adebimpe do their thing, Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton style, is what makes this such a jam.