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 Patrick Bowman
In case you missed, it here's what he played:
- LUH (which stands for "Lost Under Heaven" is the latest project from Mancunian singer/songwriter Ellery James Roberts, who's previous band, WU LYF, released the critically acclaimed 2010 record, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain,
was almost immediately followed by the band's abrupt break up. With LUH's first single "Unites," Roberts has crafted a sound that's similar to WU LYF's expansive, anthemic indie rock, but tempers it this time with more subtle melodies and guitar work along with some of his strongest singing to date. But still, it's impossible for this guy not to create music that sounds like a tidal wave crashing into a beach head, and "Unites" is a strong indicator that LUH's first release will be one to watch out for.
Panda Bear, "Mr. Noah"
- Animal Collective mainstay Panda Bear returns with the Mr. Noah
EP, his first solo release since 2011's critically acclaimed full-length Tomboy
. It's a record full of buoyantly strange psychedelic that seems to wash away any of the clunky, repetitive experiments that mar Animal Collective/Panda Bear's best work. "Faces in the Crowd" is a day-glo burst of easy going synths and woozy atmosphere that's propelled by Panda Bear's gorgeously full vocals. If the track was released last May, it would have been an automatic contender for the song of the summer, but as we move toward the dregs of winter, it will just have to suffice as a humid, hot and fun daydream.