Missy Higgins - OZ

“I wanted to try something different this time around”, says Aussie songstress Missy Higgins of her new project OZ (September 19). “I couldn’t decide between making a covers album or writing a book so I decided to do both at once.” It's also, as Missy would put it, "a real mixed bag of lollies." Most of the artists chosen are unfamiliar to American fans and even those that might be -- Paul Kelly, The Angels, Divinyls, Icehouse -- are just barely. But if she proves anything with this Aussie tribute album, Higgins is, after listening to what she says were "thousands of tunes," both an impeccable curator and thoughtful, skilled interpreter.

Co-produced with Jherek Bischoff, OZ is ultimately a Missy Higgins album. The 15 varied songs may not be her own but each one, she says, "struck a personal chord with me...It didn’t matter when or where they were written or whether they were well known. All that mattered was whether I felt I could make them my own.” Click through to the Currents page to stream the wondrous Don Walker's  "The Way You Are Tonight" and watch the heavily dramatic video for "Shark Fin Blues."

Watch: Andy Burrows - "As Good As Gone"

It would be easy to write off Andy Burrows' songs as simply the result of his infatuation with classic, mostly British pop music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Elements of The Beatles, 10CC. ELO, Squeeze and a host of melodious, radio friendly pop/rock chart toppers permeate through songs like "As Good As Gone," the lead single and one-man-band video from Burrows' upcoming Fall Together Again. As we noted on Burrow's 2012 album Company, "fortunately, this is a lot more about inspiration than imitation." Fall Together Again drops October 20.

Listen: Odessa - "My Match"

After performing with other bands, California singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Odessa decided to make her own music in the aftermath of a near-fatal bike accident. The experience, Ms. Jorgensen tells the NY Times, “inspired me to fully commit to only what I wanted to do.” Debut eponymous 4-track EP (Chop Shop/Republic) out this week, produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon), has been getting deserved attention thanks to lead track "I Will Be There." But we're equally fond of "My Match," a lilting song with a lovely vocal and haunting pedal steel. Listen to "I Will Be There" and check out Odessa's upcoming tour dates with Brett Dennan at the Currents page

Upcoming Releases

Latest Additions:

The Staves - Blood I Bled (EP) (10/28)
Bertie Blackman - The Dash (10/31)
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) -Tell 'em I'm Gone (10/27)
The Church - Further/Deeper (10/17 AUS, TBA U.S.)
House By The Lake - Woodlands (10/10)
Tahiti 80 - Ballroom (10/21)
Daniel Lanois - Flesh and Machine (10/28)
Big Star - Live In Memphis (DVD/CD) (11/4)
DRGN King - Baltimore Crush (10/28)
Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure (11/4)
Manchester Orchestra - HOPE (11/18)
Sleaford Mods - Chubbed Up (10/27)
Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair (Deluxe) (10/14 U.S.)
The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum 1981) (DVD/CD) (11/4)
Ani DiFranco - Allergic to Water (10/14)
Devon Allman - Ragged and Dirty (10/14)
Msggie Bjorkland - Shaken (10/14)
Lia Mice - I Love You (10/7)
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (10/7)
Macy Gray - The Way (10/7)
Minnie Driver - Ask Me To Dance (Covers) (10/7)
Horse Feathers - So It Is With Us (10/21)
Young Statues - The Flatlands Are Your Friend (10/21)
Hudson Taylor - Singing For Strangers (TBA)
Ryan Bingham - Fear and Saturday Night (TBA)
Scars on 45 - Safety In Numbers (10/7)
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - Avalon (10/7)
Kittyhawk - Hello Again (10/14)
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - Playmates (11/7 AUS)
Mortal Tides - Break of Blue EP (10/27)
Laura Moody - Acrobats (11/4 UK)
With Roses - EP (TBA)
Various - The Art of McCartney (Tribute album) (11/18)
Jamie T - On the Grudge (9/30)
You+Me (City and Colour's Dallas Green and Pink) - rose ave. (10/14)
Fiancé - EP1 (10/7)
Fences - Lesser Oceans (1/13)
TV On The Radio - Seeds (11/18)
2:54 - The Other I (11/11)
Over the Rhine - Blood Oranges in the Snow (Holiday Album) (11/4)
Jane Siberry - Consider the Lily (10/28)
Antigone Rising - Whiskey & Wine II (10/28)
Andy Burrows - Fall Together Again (10/20)

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