New Music Friday: 13th Floor New Album Picks: April 7, 2023


New Music Friday is here once more. The pickings are a bit slim this week but we’ve found some tasty new music to get you through the Easter weekend.

Some new faces and some old friends among the picks today. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda presents these 5 new albums for your consideration released today leading off with…
  1. MudhoneMudhoneyyPlastic Eternity (Sub Pop) Yes, Mudhoney are still rocking! And if you happen to be in the vicinity of Washington State: In due acknowledgment of Mudhoney’s 35th Anniversary in 2023, King County Executive, Dow Constantine has declared April 7th to be Mudhoney Day in King County, WA.  This official proclamation highlights their contributions to the Seattle music scene and beyond, crediting them for “35 years of brilliant musical mayhem.”
  2. MudhoneySusannah HoffsSusanna HoffsThe Deep End (Baroque Folk) Susanna Hoffs, cofounder of the multi platinum-selling Bangles, has partnered with legendary producer, Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, 10,000 Maniacs) to curate and record a collection of Susanna’s favorite classic and contemporary popular songs, including gems by the Rolling Stones and Squeeze, and newer songs by Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Joy Oladokum and Brandy Clarke.

Jake Ybarra3. Jake YbarraSomething In The Water (Charlotte Ave) Jake Ybarra’s first full-length album, SOMETHING IN THE WATER,   There are hints of humor, legions of loss, and heaps of honest reflection in this diverse collection. Influenced by the “church” music on which he was raised and secular icons Guy Clark, John Prine, James McMurtry, and Townes Van Zandt, the characters in Jake’s songs are often reminiscent of those found in the writings of his favorite authors, George Saunders, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Ernest Hemingway. Watch for an interview with Jake soon on 13th Floor!

4. Carolina StoryCarolina StoryColors Of My Mind (Soundly) Colors of My Mind emerged from a period of tremendous pain and metamorphosis for husband-and-wife duo Ben and Emily Roberts (aka Carolina Story). After parting ways with their former label, the pair headed into the studio to sate their creative impulses, but quickly found themselves with an entire album’s worth of material. The resulting collection of songs contains essential truths about transformation, surrender, and the inevitability of impermanence – altogether forming a narrative of transcendence that soon had a life-altering impact on the band itself.

5Allan Clarke. Allan ClarkeI’ll Never Forget (BMG) The voice of The Hollies – Allan Clarke – is back! The album reunites Allan with his old Hollies bandmate, Graham Nash The two old friends began writing together during the pandemic resulting in the effortlessly catchy Buddy’s Back, a tribute to the rock & roll great The Hollies were named after. Graham’s beautiful trademark harmonies are present throughout the album, but this is very much Allan’s record.

Marty Duda
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