This week on State of Art we’re looking back on some excellent local releases that came out last year.
The Cheapest Key: “Dirty Heart”
The Cheapest Key is Laurence Blakely (guitar, vocals) and Laura Chartier (keyboard, vocals). Their tight harmonies over folk and Americana instrumentation might not be groundbreaking, but the delivery and powerful vocals can stop you in your tracks. “Postcard” is their first album, but hopefully not the last.
Medium Build: “Give It Like You Used To”
The creative forces behind Medium Build (Nick Carpenter and James Glaves) swing for the fences with their newest album. While their previous releases warranted a bummed out listen in solitude, “Wild” was meant for stadiums. Keep an eye on these guys.
Related: Interview with Medium Build’s Nick Carpenter and James Glaves
The Jangle Bees: “Heart Still Heavy”
On The Jangle Bee’s self-titled album, the band harnesses the spirit of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. With multiple singers trading lead vocals, the band’s style stays consistent without getting stale. It’s windows down road trip music.
Termination Dust: “It’s Not A Place, It’s A Feeling”
Termination Dust’s album “Growing Down” comes out January 24th. Frontwomen Stefanie Vigoren and Jaybird Parkhurst have been hitting it hard since singing to Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s label. This new release promises more dreamy, gritty pop the group is known for.