Atlanta Soundtrack: New music by Algiers, Starbenders; plus classic Cat Energy

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Algiers | “Chunk Again (with billy woods & Backxwash)”

Among the finest components of listening to this lengthier Algiers opus is that it takes you on a voyage that transcends style and any expectations you could have based mostly on their primarily punk previous. Pure and easy, this team-up with metal-inspired Backxwash and New York-based billy woods lights the airwaves on fireplace after which defiantly dances on the ashes.

Based in 2012, Algiers contains lead singer Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan, guitarist Lee Tesche and drummer Matt Tong. The group held court docket at Riot Fest in Chicago and can embark on a significant European tour beginning in February.


Starbenders | “Blood Moon”

What higher approach to usher in one other spooky season than with the witchy glam rock of Starbenders? Fashioned in 2013 with iconic vocalist Kimi Shelter, the band launched their final album, Love Potions, in February 2020. So it has been fairly a — ahem — spell since they’ve conjured up a full-length challenge. However concern not, for they’ve continued a formidable streak of singles to sink our fangs into, comparable to final summer time’s bellicose banger “No One Listened.” 

Starbenders defined the idea of this lunar-themed observe in an enigmatic assertion that’s a worthy successor to Robert Plant’s “Does anyone keep in mind laughter?”: “It’s been feeling like all the things is crumbling round us as we appear to be hurtling towards an apocalyptic future . . . As an alternative of succumbing to frustration and rage, we determined to develop into one with the chaos and make some noise. Blood Moon is our catharsis.” Let the purging of ominous autumn start!


Cat Energy | “He Struggle”

Cat Energy, or Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall, grew up in Atlanta, her early years steeped in a damaging darkness that too usually crept into the town’s artistic soul throughout the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties. She instructed The Guardian in 2003, the 12 months this music was launched: “Everybody I cherished in Atlanta was on heroin and it was actually terrible and gross, so I went to New York.”

All through the subsequent years, Marshall has honed her knack for ethereal, emotionally wrecking vocals and highly effective songwriting — her prolonged profession marked by brilliance and turmoil. Our Classic Observe of the Week hails from her album You Are Free, which featured visitor appearances by Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.



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