“There Was A Time” Laura Michelle Kelly. Incredible pedigree for this debut CD: produced by Marius DeVries (Rufus, David Gray). Songs by Neil Hannon, Jamie Cullum, Guy Chambers. Covers of Paul Weller, Cardigans, Keane. This track is gorgeous, but it’s kind of Michael Buble-ish, so release your judgment first. Hear it at Zappin’ It To Ya or on her site. Thanks Paul!
“Diva Lady” The Divine Comedy. New single, due June 12, recorded live in the studio (with the exception of the vocals). Neil Hannon gives us a typically jaunty, humorous song about a superstar diva: “She's needs extra makeup for her extra face.” Obscure Sound has a leak that seems a bit low quality, but is good enough. DC website
“Industry (Extended Mix)” The Modern: There are actually two good remixes of this sterling song. One is a Bimbo Jones mix, and this one is an old-school extended mix that stretches the song out, but expands upon it without fucking it up. The pedigree here too is amazing: it was produced by electropop pioneer Stephen Hague and mixed by PSB alum Bob Kraushaar. Still waiting for word on the full length CD. MP3 new!
“Let Me Down Gently” The Ark. Expect much more about this Swedish band in future posts. Thanks to Arjan and Tremble Clef for turning me onto them! This track emphasizes a recent introduction of synths into their sound and Ola Salo’s got a sweet voice on this: “My voice is narrow and a boy ain't supposed to cry.“ Note that the track goes totally Erasure with the multitracked Salo's choral segment at 2:14. MP3 or buy the CD
“Numb” Pet Shop Boys. Expect more crazy-fan posts on the new tracks, though I’ll be brief here. “Numb” was written by Diane Warren and given to the boys after Aerosmith turned it down! There are some fleeting bits of pure beauty here, in the opening at about :27 secs and later in the middle eight at 2:47, when he sings “take away all memories.” A brave experiment for PSB - they pull it off. Note - this has leaked, but I can't post it.