The Oh Hellos – Eurus EP
Eurus, the second installment of The Oh Hellos‘ four-EP project inspired by the Greek mythological wind deities that bring the seasons, is out today. Throughout the series, there’s an overarching question being asked: “Where did my ideas come from?” With each EP and the “wind” it represents, siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath explore the facets of answering that question. Eurus was the wind most closely associated with autumn, and the EP reflects that feeling of coolness on the precipice of change, each song a beautiful and vibrant leaf falling from a tree, ready to unite with the ground below to foster a new beginning. Present are the lush arrangements, sonic movement, and the army of vocals to which we’ve come to expect from the band, and we can’t get enough.
Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It
When I hit “play” on “It’s So Cruel,” the opening track from Nashville-based Australian Ruby Boots‘ new LP, Don’t Talk About It, I was expecting to hear a dusty road song operating within the lines of an Americana-colored lane. What I got was an electric shock, an amplifier cranked to eleven, fuzzed-out guitars, and a swerve to the other side of the anticipated path. And to that, I say YAAASSSSS. Don’t worry, Boots’ new album will satisfy your Americana itches, but this interesting turn of events will keep us coming back for more. Wrap your ears around this one.
Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra – Stereoscope
On their second full-length album, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra have incorporated electrified elements and jazz-like movement into their songcraft, effectively melding rock and roots. These eleven tracks are perfect for a road trip or a contemplative afternoon; O’Reilly’s dusty, tremor-filled vocals link the past to the present, and we dig it.