Hurry, Drew Beskin, David Myhr and The Dungeon of Skeletons

A quick sunday morning round up with some recent or fairly recent (should be) pop hits. This blog entry was inspired by falling madly in love with the new Hurry album Fake Ideas that came out on Friday on Lame-O Records. I’ve been somewhat familiar with this Philadelphia-based power pop band led by Matt Scottoline for a couple of years, but I didn’t fully understand how great they were until I listened this new album yesterday. Totally my kind of pop music. That double hit of It’s Dangerous and A Fake Idea in the beginning for example. Total Teenage Fanclub meets 90s US power pop perfection. Maybe a bit dangerous to feel so strongly after just few spins, but definitely feels like an instant classic and one of the best pop records I’ve heard in recent years. Monstrously highly recommended on the old Not Lame scale.

Hurry at Facebook

Next we move to Athens, Georgia to meet up with long time blog favorite Drew Beskin. I’ve loved all his work both solo and with the bands The District Attorneys, Party Dolls and PURSES. His new solo album Problematic for the People will be released 2nd of July by Super Canoe. To get a headstart, here’s a couple of gorgeous songs from the forthcoming album.

Drew Beskin at Facebook
Drew Beskin Website

Moving over to Sweden where former Merrymaker David Myhr continues to make us smile with melodic pop treasures. His new EP And Now This came out on the always great UK power pop label Lojinx. Here’s the fabulous lead single We Wanted to Shine from the new EP.

David Myhr Website
David Myhr at Facebook

Last stop on this pop goes the world tour is Nashville, Tennessee. Dungeon of Skeletons is a new one for me and I only found them some months ago. They have three singles on their Bandcamp and oh my, they are all pretty perfect pop songs. Hopefully there’s more on the way, because it doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s a couple of those singles. 2020 lyric video for Valencia and the most recent single Gonna Be Alright.

Dungeon Of Skeletons at Facebook

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Carlene and Jeremy Ferrara

This June 25 release date is something else and it might take a day or two to get the new music weekly ready, because there’s so much to love and cherish. One of the key songs on it will be CARLENE’s remarkable new single Time Passes. She is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter and this is the first single from her forthcoming album Looking Out My Window that she has been working on for ten years. It’s a magical folk song and I can’t wait to hear the full album sometime this fall.

Carlene Website
Carlene at Facebook

More recent folk treasures. This time from Portland’s Jeremy Ferrara who made one of my favorite albums of 2020. He already has a new one lined up and and Everything I Hold will be released by American Standard Time Records on the 9th of July. There’s a couple of great singles out there already. I’m especially fond of this beautiful and deeply moving song called Fictional.

Jeremy Ferrara at Facebook
Jeremy Ferrara Website

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Matthew Milia, Libby DeCamp, Evan Cheadle and The Deep Dark Woods

Another quick round up of musical things that I’ve loved during the recent weeks. First a major release alert from Detroit, Michigan. Like I already mentioned on the new music weekly, there’s a new Matthew Milia album on the horizon. That’s a big deal for me, because I have deep love for both Frontier Ruckus and solo Matthew Milia. He is probably my favorite songwriter of the past decade or so and I can’t wait to make my heart a home for the new album. Keego Harbor will be released on 16th of July, but you can already listen to the wonderful opening track Salad Bars at Bandcamp. Pre-order is up on his website for LP/CD/Photobook and Bandcamp for digital.

Matthew Milia Website
Matthew Milia at Facebook

Staying in Detroit for a great record that is already out and available. I think I first discovered folk singer-songwriter Libby DeCamp thanks to a GemsOnVHS video a few years back and I have been following her since on different platforms. Her debut full-length Westward and Faster came out on the 21st of May and contains exceptional songwriting and various shades of roots music. Such a great record.

Libby DeCamp at Facebook
Libby DeCamp Website

Moving across the border to Canada. Victoria, British Columbia to be more precise. A long time favorite Evan Cheadle released his new timeless beauty Fault Like Serenade on the 11th of June. Here’s one of my personal favorites Ice Water from this enchanting album. I think I actually need Ice Water on multiple levels during this current heatwave.

Evan Cheadle Website
Evan Cheadle at Facebook

Almost too logical next step is to wrap up this little blog entry with a song or two from the magnificent new The Deep Dark Woods album Changing Faces that came out 14th of May on Six Shooter Recordings. After all, Evan Cheadle has played a big part in The Deep Dark Woods during the recent years. The creative force and songwriter extraordinaire of the band is Ryan Boldt who has again created a captivating collection of songs. Here’s one of the standouts with a deeply moving music video and gentle nod to Thompson.

The Deep Dark Woods Website
The Deep Dark Woods at Facebook

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