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Dancing About ARCHITECTURE
by Marc “Moose” Moder
2012-09-26

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Back in the day when I worked at the mall music store (also back when we went to malls and people bought physical music), September saw the mother load of new releases. Just in time to get those singles rolling up the charts in time to get key albums on kids' Christmas lists. The release schedule for albums has become less rigid since the illness—not death—of recorded music in CD form, but September remains the most exciting time for big names and up-and-comers.

Last week I mentioned Paloma Faith's show at Martyr's. Let me tell you, she exceeded expectations. She possesses the sass of Gaga, the pipes of Adele and the grace and art of Florence. The US debut of her second album, Fall To Grace, doesn't happen until November, but for now seek out her debut and the epic first single, "Picking Up the Pieces."

Summer has built little Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen up to some big expectations with her historic summer jam, "Call Me Maybe." Good news is that her debut, Kiss, lives up. For the most part it's sheer, well-produced, exuberance passing up her contemporaries like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift by leaps and bounds. This one will make you feel summer well into the chill.

Taking a cue from Robyn's Body Talk 1 and 2 EPs, minimal neo soul singer Miguel's new full-length arrives October 2. A la Robyn, bringing together his last two stunning three-song EPs plus five more tracks, Kaleidoscope Dream plays on the stripped down nature of Drake and Frank Ocean but tops them vocally with his Marvin-Gaye-singing-from-heaven lilt.

It's like the '00s all over again as P!nk, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and Aaliyah all have new material. P!nk's The Truth About Love keeps with her consistent quality and honesty, while Keys tries to edge it up a bit, with dull results. We'll see when her new album hits in November if she can mix it up. Those two aside, the biggest surprises are Missy and Aaliyah. No one's been holding their breath waiting for new material to surface from either, but Missy has two great new singles with a Timbaland reunion, and Drake is producing some of Aaliyah's lost tracks. So far, both look very promising.

Finally, keep an eye out for who I think may be the brightest star on the horizon, Steed Lord. The Iceland duo is equal parts "disco Whitney Houston" and "sexy Goldfrapp." Every track they've put forward from their yet-to-be-released album has been stunning. But unlike the artists of my mall past, Steed Lord isn't a slave to the label system or traditional LPs. They put out singles as they do them, and make albums as inspired. Something to work for, but something to live for. Happy Music Season!


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