The 9:13 Buzz with Sarah Wardrop

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP's trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop of WFUV in New York! In case you missed it here’s what she played with commentary by Sarah: These two artists played our 'FUV Live at CMJ' showcase last week, so their songs have been stuck in my head (in a good way) for awhile. Happyness, "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" - Happyness is a trio out of South London, and the first song I heard from them was the pure, melodic punk of the title track of their EP, Anything I Do Is All Right. Their CMJ soundcheck was good and loud too, but during their set, they managed to sound like four different bands in one. Aside from having an Arcade Fire reference, the song "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" shows the trio's humor and ear for melody on the moodier side of rock, and it's lo-fi, lush and beautiful. Track down the UK release of the band's full-length album, Weird Little Birthday, if you can. Son Little, "The River" - You might know the voice of Aaron Livingston from his work with The Roots and RJD2, but this Philly-based artist is stepping out on his own as Son Little. He has an EP due out November 11th called Things I Forgot, which features this song, "The River." While the EP centers on his laid-back but expressive voice, the sounds that surround it are pretty varied. He incorporates blues riffs, beats and grooves, adding in synths without sacrificing any soul.