This week’s New Music Tuesday picks are varied and cover a huge stretch of musical terrain. Enjoy the refined sounds of The Lady Killer and of the woodsy Wild Orchid Children, see how the new Elvis sounds when it meets a Loretta Lynn tribute album—the combination of new additions to your Rdio Queue and Collection are almost overwhelming. Find something new to have on repeat this week, or introduce yourself to a new album every day from New Releases.
Listening to Cee-Lo’s new album, The Lady Killer, is the pop-culture equivalent of watching a Tony-winning Broadway musical based on a movie. It’s fantastic fun and the high-quality production belays the care with which it was created. The result is incredibly high-highs and very mellow lows, an addictive combination.
A little over a year since his first album, Kid Cudi went back to the studio and created his second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Ranger. Complete with haunting verse and equally upbeat hooks, it’s the perfect music for moonwalking.
With the squawky, strained-vocals similar to Rage Against the Machine, Wild Orchid Children are actually more psychadelic than you’d think. Their debut album, The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp, is full of big-sounding glory music.
From the bass player of War on Drugs comes Nightlands. A strangely delicate and multi-layered first album, Forget the Mantra goes as far as recording The Beach Boys in an almost unrecognizably elegant cover.
EPs + Singles
With a more modern Bob Dylan voice and quiet, persistent guitaring, The Tallest Man On Earth’s EP, Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird, captures the intimacy and immediacy of a one-man performance.
Dirty Dancing with The Black Eyed Peas.
Old music with a new twist
In what almost looks like a list of Billboard’s most successful musicians of the last few years, Quincy Jones lends his hits for reinterpretation to acts like Akon, Amy Winehouse, T.I., B.o.B., and Jennifer Hudson. With Quincy Jones behind the mixingboard, the result of Q: Soul Bossa Nova is not at all unsatisfying.
Coal Miner’s Daughter was originally the title of a biographical movie about Loretta Lynn but now, it is a musical tribute to her. Featuring bands like Carrie Underwood, Lucinda Williams, and Sheryl Crow, the Coal Miner’s Daughter is celebrated once again.
In what might be a controversial move by Elvis Presley purists, 2010 sees a new album dedicated to reworked Elvis classics. Viva Elvis tries to distill what made The King a performer and apply it to more modern-day musicianship.