Heartless Bastards

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 from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Heartless Bastards, Hi-Line - Restless Ones from Heartless Bastards leans a bit more acoustic than the Austin-based band's past four albums, but it's not at all a bad thing, partly because it lets the voice of Erika Wennerstrom stand out even more. She can wail and she can bring a low lonesome sound to her band's songs. In the case of this more uptempo track, there's a bit of both along with a nice shift in the chorus.

Ratatat, Cream on Chrome - Sometimes a good tune doesn't need a voice to make it sing, and this one from the Brooklyn-based Ratatat is a new instrumental classic. The duo is set to release its fifth album, Magnifique, in July, but they've already added a perfect driving song to this summer's soundtrack.

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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 Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott)

The Shins, “Simple Song” - Well, it’s not THAT simple, or else more bands would figure out how to make such an uplifting song. The ingredients are elemental: lilting melody, a catchy hook, a swelling chorus where singer James Mercer scales the heights. The upbeat lyrical message, “you don’t have to go it alone,” inspires without getting bogged down in details. There are a few subtle layers, too, including some brief but pretty piano. Can’t wait to hear the full album, “Port of Morrow,” due out March 20.

Heartless Bastards, “Parted Ways” - Words like “primal” and “throaty” get used when discussing the distinct, powerful voice of Erika Wennerstrom. “I need a little bit of whiskey and a little bit of time to ease my troubled mind,” she sings with a dusty, soulful charm on this post-breakup rumination. Formed in Cincinnati but now based in Austin, Texas, the Heartless Bastards have been characterized as a garage-y, bluesy rock band, but this single also has some alt-country seasoning. See them next month at Club Café at a WYEP-sponsored show.

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