The opposite approach was taken by Boston’s popular retro-soul band Lake Street Dive, who’ve followed up their full-length Free Yourself Up with a 10” EP, Freak Yourself Out (Nonesuch), the perfect antidote for a skyrocketing band that ran the risk of taking itself too seriously. Vocalist Rachael Price and her bandmates clearly have fun with novelty songs like “Angioplast,” and while no track may reach the audience of a signature song like “Good Kisser,” this adjunct EP is as exuberant as an LSD live performance.
Meanwhile, Maggie Roche, the late member of the Roche sisters trio, is the focus of a two-disc retrospective compiled by her sister Suzzy, Where Do I Come From (StorySound Records). Although largely a best-of collection, it does include unreleased gems like “Christmas Love” and the title track. Since many Roches albums and EPs are out of print, this is a necessary compendium to understand how the three sisters caught the attention of producers like Robert Fripp.