RADAR: Amelia Curran

Over the course of three excellent albums, Newfoundland Juno-winning songwriter Amelia Curran has burnished her reputation as a lay-it-all-bare truth teller and a lyricist who can summon -- and take down -- demons or angels with one insightful and incisive turn of phrase. Her 2010 Polaris-nominated Hunter Hunter, despairing and cathartic, is one of the truly great chronicles of a relationship's bitter end.

On the release of Spectators in 2012 we noted, "the rather matter-of-fact outpouring of the thoughtful, often devastatingly brutal observations...would catch most listeners unaware and unguarded if they weren't delivered, as one critic put it, 'like a bartender presents a shot.'"

They Promised You Mercy, due November 4, promises more brilliantly poetic and razor sharp wordplay plus a more diverse musical sound, thanks to a large cast of accomplished players and production from Michael Phillip Wojewoda. For an appetizer, check out lead single "I Am The NIght" and head over to the Currents page to watch the video and listen to "Years" from Spectators, a track that we deemed one of the best of 2012.

As the follow up to his folk-centric debut, James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical is a dramatic about face, what we described as "crooning, falsetto R+B rewritten as brooding, theatrical art-pop; a silky, between-the-sheets Maxwell-ian neo-soul tour-de-force of gorgeously cinematic melodies..." The video of "Look Out" captures McMorrow's soulful wail on the large screen (wait til the 1:30 mark).

An expanded Deluxe version of Post Tropical due November 11 features nine additional tracks including outtakes, solo versions and remixes. Stream the previously unheard "You Know" at the Currents page.

With production from Holy Holy's Oscar Dawson and Matt Redlich (Emma Louise), Melbourne-based indie songstress Ali Barter toughens up her sound on "Community," the title track to her forthcoming sophomore EP due November 7. The guitars have a raw, electric edge, a nice counterpoint to Barter's dream/pop vocals. An Australian tour with Husky begins November. Stream "Run You Down" from Barter's 2013 debut EP Trio at the Currents page.

Upcoming Releases

Latest Additions:

George Maple - Vacant Space EP (12/1)
Pixies - Doolittle (25th Anniversary Edition) (12/2)
Tim Chaisson - Lost In Light (10/24 AUS)
Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin (CD/DVD) (12/2)
These Ghosts - Still The Waves (10/31 AUS)
The Ocean Party - Soft Focus (10/31 AUS)
Twerps - Range Anxiety (1/27)
Dotter - I Am Dotter (Nov. TBA)
Marika Hackman - We Slept At Last (2/16)
Tony Lucca - S/T (Jan. TBA)
Beacon - L1 (EP) (12/2)
Vaults - Vultures (12/1 UK)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday (3/2)
Ali Barter - Community EP (11/7 AUS)
We Were Evergreen - Towards (12/2)
Nels Cline (Wilco) & Julian Lage - Room (11/25)
Last Leaf Down - Fake Lights (11/25)
Jason Isbell - Live at Austin City Limits (DVD) (11/25)
Copeland - Ixora (11/25)
Blood and Glass (Lisa Moore) - Museum With No Walls (10/21)
The Brand New Heavies - Sweet Freaks (11/24)
Simple Minds - Big Music (11/3)
Sun Gods to Gamma Rays - A Ghost to Find (11/4)
Marina and the Diamonds - Froot (TBA)
Jeff Beck - Live In Tokyo (DVD) (11/24)
The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist (TBA)
The Waterboys - Modern Blues (1/19)
R.E.M. - REMTV (DVD Box) (11/24)

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