FREELOADER FRIDAY: James Vincent McMorrow, Strange Talk, Step Dad, The Cinema Twin and more

September 02. 2011 | By Dustin Shey

Every Friday, The Owl Mag features a list of MP3s that cross our emails that are new, inspiring, and worthy of sharing. This week is no different, and to make it easy on you, every comment is “Tweet”-sized. Here we go…

The soft-voiced Irishman pictured above, James Vincent McMorrow was last seen in San Francisco opening up for the Civil Wars. His relaxed cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” is beautiful, and downloadable below.

James Vincent McMorrow – “Higher Love”

Fresh out of the land down under, Strange Talk is about to head to CMJ Music Festival in October, where I’m sure they’ll be remembered as the “OMG, I danced my ass off” band.

Strange Talk – “Climbing Walls”

The debut album from Danielle Duval will be out October 11th and if it’s anything similar to the refreshingly simple and groovy “Sundowner,” I’ll be a very happy man. Also, she’s touring this fall in Canada with a band called Royal Wood (insert 12-year old chuckle).

Danielle Duval – “Sundowner”

You’ve got to have some serious balls to be a male and write a song called “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails.” But Chicago-based Step Dad has serious balls. Approximately eight of them, although we couldn’t confirm that at press time.

Step Dad – “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails”

The Pack a.d. is about to release their 3rd album Unpersons on September 13th. Their lo-fi-duo-lady-sounds are perfect if you’re feeling like you’re angry today. Or hyper.

Sirens by Riot Act

You Are Plural will be releasing an EP on September 6th at Bottom of the Hill. The experimental airiness of “No More” is soothing and poetic. Can’t wait to hear more.

You Are Plural – “No More”

The “Alone in this Together” video from Star Anna(above) is an Americana-lovers wet dream. As she gushes her heart out through raspy vocals, a dinosaur backbone raises it’s ugly head by way of distorted guitars and intelligent syncopation, delivering a heart-wrenching ditty. Catch her on tour in September.

Star Anna – “Alone in This Together”

Smart? Deliberate? Melodic dream-pop? That’s exactly what The Cinema Twin delivers with their song “Red Gtr.” Call it “easy listening” or whatever you want, but unlike other music acts The Cinema Twin delivers some seriously delicious ear pop rock candy.

The Cinema Twin – “Red GTR”

Psychedelic Folk. Usually not a genre I would venture into, but with a name like Icarus Himself, I had to see what this music was all about. I didn’t even have to do acid to like it!!

Icarus Himself – On Your Side by PlanetaryOnlinePR

Last, but certainly not least (with a sad face on) I have to tell you that summer will be coming to a close in nearly 3 weeks (9/21). The Jezabels would clearly like to ignore this with their fiery track “Endless Summer” off their upcoming debut LP in November, Prisoners

The Jezabels – Endless Summer by thejezabels

Til next week folks – stay a music lover!

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