The Apache Relay, "Katie Queen of Tennessee"
In the wake of their 2011 release American Nomad and their various associations with Mumford & Sons, locals The Apache Relay were largely associated with recent years' Americana/folk boom. But with the debut (via Rolling Stone) yesterday of their brand-new tune "Katie Queen of Tennessee," the Apaches display a Motown- and Orbison-informed sort of soul-inflected classic pop sound. Genuinely good stuff. Apache Relay's forthcoming record is out April 22. Stream "Katie Queen of Tennessee" above.
Nudity and Party Trash, "OVER YOU" and "GOAT"
Local electro-pop outfit Nudity recently got together with Joseph Volmer (aka Party Trash) to contribute on a couple of songs from his trip-hop album MELT. And indeed, if you like the mildly gloomy sounds of such '90s outfits as Portishead and Deep Forest and so forth, you'll probably enjoy "OVER U" and "GOAT," Nudity's MELT tracks. Stream both songs above, or purchase them for any price you like via Nudity's Bandcamp page.
Roman Polanski's Baby, "C.R.E.E.P."
Bratty local garage punks Roman Polanski's Baby — as their name suggests — don't give a shit about tact. This is apparent thanks to their new tune, "C.R.E.E.P.," which you can stream above or via their Bandcamp page. Fans of onetime local kiddie-punk outfit Be Your Own Pet may note some similarities. Dig in.
Cornpone, Cornpone and "Rojo Bronco (Norm Edit)"
Cornpone is the bedroom-pop project of longtime local rock dude Joshua Watson, and Cornpone is the 11-track collection he released on New Year's Day. Among the tunes on Cornpone is a bouncy, sentimental pop tune by the name of "Rojo Bronco," which Norm (aka Dave Paulson of The Privates, My So-Called Band and The Tennessean) just worked into a blooping, feel-good little remix. Hear the whole album as well as Norm's remix above, or download here and here.
Financier, "Distance Eagle"
And finally, local ambient outfit Financier has a spacy, synthy new number by the name of "Distance Eagle" — an expansive, stone-y soundscape. Stream it above or purchase it for any price you like at Financier's Bandcamp page.