New Rotation On Wluw

New Rotation on WLUW

Every week WLUW’s music staff picks the best new music releases to add to our rotation. Check out what we’ll be spinning this week and into the future!

  1. Cate Le Bon- Reward - Mexican Summer

  2. The Glow - Am I - Double Double Whammy

  3. Sam Cohen- The Future’s Still Ringing in my Ears - 30th Century Records

  4. Slow Pulp- Big Day - Self-released

  5. Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else-  Hot Spring - Run For Cover

  6. Steve Marino - Fluff - Darling Recordings

Cate le Bon - Reward - Mexican Summer

Cate le Bon (Cate Timothy)has been refining her songwriting formula with each release since 2009’s Me Oh My, and a decade since her solo debut she returns with near art-pop perfection on Reward. Timothy’s singsong vocals have a lot of room to dance around within the playful production, which ranges from baroque to shimmery and futuristic. Sometimes reminiscent of Kate Bush, sometimes the B-52’s, the record has a consistent 80’s quality to it, marking Reward as one of the more accomplished throwbacks in recent memory.

Listen if you like: Kate Bush, Julia Holter, Aldous Harding

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The Glow - Am I - Double Double Whammy

Out of the ashes of LVL UP, founding member Mike Caridi now arrives with a new Indie rock project titled the The Glow. The Glow’s debut full-length Am I shares sonic qualities with LVL UP, but Caridi, now working on his own, has more room to mix up the musical palette. Am I’s lyrical content is very heart-on-sleeve, delving into issues of goodness and imperfection, ultimately delivering a positive message of self-acceptance and self-improvement.

Listen if you like: Car Seat Headrest, LVL UP, Better Oblivion Community Center

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Sam Cohen - The Future’s Still Ringing in My Ears - 30th Century Records

Founding member of psychedelic rock bands Apollo Sunshine and the Yellowbirds, singer-songwriter Sam Cohen has also collaborated and produced for the likes of Kevin Morby, Nora Jones, and even Shakira. Cohen follows up his 2015 solo debut with The Future’s Still Ringing in My Ears, a record that blends more traditional American balladry with clear influences from Cohen’s more psychedelic past work.

Listen if you like: Kevin Morby, Michael Nau, MGMT

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Slow Pulp - Big Day - Self-released

Chicago-by-way-of-Madison, WI rock quartet Slow Pulp deliver their third EP with Big Day. Singer Emily Massey’s dreamy vocals melt right into the 90’s flavored performances, which range into surprisingly diverse musical territory in the short 10 minute run-time of the EP. “High” is a particular standout, starting out with a buzzy finger-picked guitar before diving into a heavy grunge chorus. It’s just enough music to serve as an intriguing introduction to the young band, but not enough to satisfy any new fan.

Listen if you like: Ian Sweet, Lala Lala, Hand Habits

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Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else - Hot Spring - Run for Cover

Hot Spring marks singer-songwriter Spencer Radcliffe’s second record release with “Everyone Else,” a group of friends and musician Radcliffe has worked with over his career. Hot Spring is a cutesy exercise in indie-folk, truly sounding like the soft-spoken Radcliffe gathered a bunch of his friends in a room to make some music.

Listen if you like: R.L. Kelly, (Sandy) Alex G, American Pleasure Club

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Steve Marino - Fluff - Darling Recordings

Steve Marino takes the earnest and soft songwriting of his work under the Moor Hound alias and dials the intimacy and softness up to 11 with his latest full-length Fluff, released under his own name. For the most part, Marino’s brand of folk is very stripped back, but the album is underpinned by some gorgeous string arrangements and Marino’s heartfelt lyricism. You might say Marino’s sound is as soft as … Merino wool. Check out the adorable video for the title track down below, featuring footage of a camera strapped to Marino’s dog.

Listen if you like: Hand Habits, Father John Misty, Angelo de Augustine

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