TDA - Ascète
Booker Stardrum - Crater
NYC pop duo Bunny X is Abigail Gordon and Mary Hanley, and on their debut LP Young & In Love, these two ladies are bringing back their love of past hitmakers to the future fans of the same. Literally. The title track of the album features the line, "Fast forward to the past / We just knew it would last / Forever," and the accompanying retro instrumentation successfully perpetuates the '80s as an eternal state of mind. This album will scratch that teenage itch that is still freaking out over Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth." However, the group is doing more than simply borrowing a few synth tones and aiming high when it comes to the vocal melodies, in a Carly Rae Jepsen sort of way. No, Young & In Love really sounds like it could have been neck and neck with Kim Wilde Select had it had the good fortune of having been released around the same time. Bunny X proves that you're never too old to fall in love, and that you should never stop loving the things that make you feel young.
Dream Unending - Tide Turns Eternal
Enji - Ursgal
Mongolian singer and songwriter Enji's second LP Ursgal is also her first comprised of almost all original songs. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, sax, and double bass, she takes an unconventional approach to the jazz singer idiom, with liberating embellishments and nods to pop standards (including a cover of Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Madeira's "I'm Glad There Is You." I really haven't heard anyone attempt this style of folk and soul in such a captivating way, and her flowing melodies take me back to when I would borrow records by Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day from older relatives back in high school. It's mostly sung in Mongolian, but the melody is universal, and Enji is very adept at communicating her feelings despite the language barrier. A pristine gem of nostalgia and beauty, focused by the steady sigh of Enji's skillful orations.
Run's Deep - Evidence Collection