New Music Friday: Jade Bird, Christine and the Queens, and Mumford & Sons

Earlier in the week I was thinking I was going to write about some songs by Amos Lee and Phosphorescent, but when I sat down to write I decided give the ladies a little love instead. Plus Mumford and Sons dropped a new song yesterday after what seems like forever so I decided to throw them in the mix too.

Uh-Huh by Jade Bird

I thought forever about writing about Jade Bird’s song “Cathedrals”, but it was out around the time that I just had no will to write about anything so I just never did. I still love that song and you should go listen to it too. I’m very much digging Jade Bird’s newest single, “Uh-huh” right now though. Sometimes you can use some angry girl rock and “Uh-huh” definitely fits that bill.

 

Girlfriend by Christine and the Queens

The single “Girlfriend” has been out for a few months, but the album it’s on, Chris, drops today so I figure it’s a good day to write about it under the auspices of new music Friday. Christine and the Queens is the stage moniker of French singer Héloïse Letissier. If you prefer to listen in French the album is being released in both French and English. I’m very much loving the kind of groovy early 80’s smooth synth of this song.

 

Guiding Light by Mumford & Sons

It’s been three and a half years since Mumford & Sons last put out new music. It was starting to feel like they might never do it. I had sort of hit a point with them that the stuff off their first three albums had gotten so overplayed that I didn’t even want to listen to it anymore even though I once loved them a lot. Then they played the Newport Folk Festival this past summer. They stuck to the acoustic stuff from their first two albums, but seeing them live especially within the context of Newport reminded me of what I fell in love with in the first place. Plus in my current binge watch of Grey’s Anatomy I just hit the season that obviously coincided with when they were ascendant as several of their songs showed up within a couple of episodes. The use of the songs in the show also gave a new life to them in my mind. Now they have finally dropped a new single with an announcement of their forthcoming album. It sounds like a Mumford & Sons song and that’s not a bad thing. Maybe it’s time to get a little bit excited about Mumford & Sons again.

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