The Light In Mariee Sioux’s Grief
Welcome to the new music review where we connect you with some of the best new music from around the world. Read on, click through to our Spotify playlist and enjoy it all on 2SER!
Bill Callahan – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest
Calexico and Iron & Wine – Years to Burn
Julia Shapiro – Perfect Version
Mariee Sioux – Grief in Exile
Pipe-eye – Inside/Outside
The Verlaines – Dunedin Spleen
Vanishing Twin – The Age of Immunology
Kicking off this week’s adds is Chastity Belt’s Julia Shapiro, and her debut solo, self-produced, and self-recorded album ‘Perfect Version’. Taking centre is the idea of what it would be like to be a perfect version of yourself. Contemplating on hypotheticals, Shapiro is fiercely earnest when it comes to showcasing her emotions, while remaining wry and playful in her lyricism. It’s sparse yet compelling indie rock, that remains unwavering throughout.
Also ruminating is ‘Grief in Exile’, the third album from the Californian singer-songwriter, Mariee Sioux. The former Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy collaborator producers tender alt-folk that’s full of nature informed imagery, but also coming from a deeply personal, and Indigenous perspective. If you feel a transformative or healing element on this record, that’s because Sioux reflected on Indigenous remembrance, and ceremonial traditions for her own recovery from alcoholism, depression, and dealings with loss. It’s salt in the wound, at times, but that confrontation is the first step in moving on right?
Lastly, we see Cook Craig of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, release his second album ‘Inside/Outside’ under his Pipe-eye moniker. It’s bouncy and rose tinted psych-pop that comfortably mixes 70’s FM rock and electronic streams that bubble alongside ringing melodies, and spaced-out textures. It’s typically generous with sharp, left turns into squelched-up, and unidentifiable soundscapes, but all the more to keep things interesting.
Plus new singles from Wagons, Gordon Koang, Summer Flake, David Berman of Silver Jews’ new project Purple Mountains, and Kit Sebastian.