Now that we’re in the throes of the holiday season, New Music Tuesday is cooling down. Bands like Ladytron, …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and musician Adele have albums coming out in the new year but want to capture your ears early by releasing their first singles now. Other bands treat the holidays as a time to give you a little present, like Iron and Wine, Circa Survive and Suddenly Summer, who all have a song from their EPs featured. Next, there are the brave few who dare release some warm-weather albums, like Surf City, Keep Shelly in Athens and Mighty Clouds. Other musicians like Eric Benét, Chrisette Michele, Ronald Isley and El DeBarge have embraced this time of year and created cuddle-up-to-your-sweetheart music.
Pick something new to try today and get in the spirit by adding your favorite songs to the Rdio on Rdio collaborative playlist. Last week’s winner, KrisErickson, got a month free on Rdio and if you add something this week, you could win free time too.*
Iron & Wine, Walking Far From Home: This EP is actually an extra-large single. Its decidedly different sound departs from the typically smooth delivery and is all electronic beats and funk.
El DeBarge, Second Chance: The album title alludes to El DeBarge’s recent stay in the slammer. On the rebound from his parole lock-up, DeBarge is back with the honey-tongued falsetto that made him big.
Ronald Isley, Mr. I: Another musician on the up-and-up after time in jail (Isley was in jail for gnarly tax evasion), this founding member of The Isley Brothers, is finally releasing his first solo work.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Summer of All Dead Souls: The band with a mouthful name is known for their epic, enormous music. This single, off their upcoming album, Tao of the Dead, has a solid hook and great rock feel.
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