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Songs of the week

Bryan Ferry – “Soldier of Fortune (featuring Johnny Marr)

Though it has been over 30 years since their last release, Roxy Music announced this week that they are in fact broken up. Don’t let this get you down though, as lead singer Bryan Ferry is planning on releasing a solo album on Nov. 17, which will feature the song, “Soldier of Fortune.” The new track sees Ferry almost whispering lyrics like “I had the world on a string and I threw it all away.” The song gives off the same feeling as some of Johnny Cash’s late work, as there is a pain in Ferry’s voice that can only be achieved after a lifetime of experiences. Where this differs from Cash is with the backing guitar, which is provided by Johnny Marr. Instead of a solemn acoustic guitar, Marr creates a playful melody that changes the whole mood of the song.

 

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – “Mouthpiece”

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith will be coming to Fredericton on Feb. 19 in support of their upcoming album, Club Meds, which is due out at the beginning of January. One song that should be fun to here live is the fast paced “Mouthpiece.” Centred around a strumming acoustic guitar, the band constructs a song that uses both vocals and instruments as harmony, with Mangan showing off his vocal range and power. “All she wants to do is dance,” he sings, and we’ll see in February if this song succeeds in making that happen.

 

Father John Misty – “Bored in the USA”

After performing the song live on The Late Show with David Letterman, Father John Misty officially released the first sample of his upcoming album, I Love You, Honeybear, with the track “Bored in the USA.” In the new song, Father John takes on American culture, with lines like “keep my prescription filled,” “save me white Jesus,” and “by this afternoon, I’ll live in debt.” With an added laugh track at the end of the song, “Bored in the USA,” continues the theme of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” but does it in its own way.

 

Major Lazer – “Vegan Vampire (featuring Ezra Koenig)”

Major Lazer and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig have teamed up again with “Vegan Empire,” which goes along with a teaser video of Major Lazer’s upcoming cartoon show on FXX. The catchy song has a dance hall beat that features vocal samples of Koenig’s character from the show. This is a track that will remind you of warmer weather and hopefully get you through the cold and dismal month of November.

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