Each week the Digital Trends staff selects three albums that we think you should know about. Not in-depth reviews, just passing on some music we like.
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The one time nanny for Tom Waits releases her latest album.
Top Tracks: Whispering Light, Four Dreams, Tulip
Album Info: Jesca Hoop calls her stunning sophomore album “the first time I’ve ever really invested in myself.” And she means that literally: After recording the nine-track disc in Los Angeles with veteran producer Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Nickel Creek), the northern California native packed her bags and decamped for England, where last year she released Hunting My Dress independently to an avalanche of acclaim from both the U.K. press and fellow artists such as Guy Garvey of Elbow. “That was the first time I really took control of my own life,” Hoop says, “and had enough faith to put not just my talent but my money toward running a campaign.” Source: Amazon
Produced by the Morning Benders’ Chris Chu and featuring Neon Indian.
Top Tracks: Rock ‘n’ Roll Mountain Troll, Dark Tower, Bullfighter Jacket
Biography: Miniature Tigers’ sound was forged in the bedroom of frontman Charlie Brand, only to quickly outgrow the space, with the band soon finding itself on stage, in the studio and signed to Phoenix’s Modern Art Records in short order. Brand’s lyrics – a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that have informed his existence – and effortlessly constructed indie-pop arrangements have made fans in his native Phoenix and beyond. Source: Last.fm
Part ragtime and part classic rock, this is a perfect summer album.
Top Tracks: Brave Man’s Death, Used to Did, Don’t Break the Needle
Biography: J. Roddy Walston and The Business is a Baltimore, Md.-based rock band playing melodic, often upbeat and catchy songs influenced by the Southern rock tradition and featuring accomplished lyrics and musicianship. Their songs are often piano-driven and also feature strong guitar solos. The band moved to Baltimore from Tennessee. Source: Last.fm