- Faye Webster, Atlanta Millionaires Club
Faye Webster, Atlanta Millionaires Club (Secretly Canadian) – Webster combines a coy voice resembling early Natalie Prass with pedal-steel country, coming from a 21-year-old known for hip-hop photography. Don’t be fooled by the apparent laid-back simplicity. On her third album, Webster employs simple, striking imagery like “the right side of my neck still smells like you” that augments soothing melodies with lyrics that remain in a listener’s head.
Bridges Will Break, I Was a Commodity (self-released/Windogo) – If you long for the turn-of-century subgenre of punk with elements of math-rock and emo, Bridges Will Break provides a fresh jolt and then some. The new half-hour EP follows a situationist text of life-as-commodity, and provides an unusual crispness in vocals and lead guitar. On June 16, the band will demonstrate at the Black Sheep whether live renditions can match the precise and heartfelt EP.
- Black Mountain, Destroyer
Black Mountain, Destroyer (Jagjaguwar) – Fans are bound to have conflicted emotions realizing that most original members have left Black Mountain, even as the band continues to set standards for hard-rock/psych based partially on Arabic musical scales. Those obsessed with former vocalist Amber Webber should listen to Rachel Fannan of Sleepy Sun take on Webber’s roles. Founder Stephen McBean continues the Black Mountain legend by combining absurdity with ominous imagery.