Music Mondays: Valerie June, Sorority Noise, JFDR


Valerie June, Sorority Noise, JFDR

Valerie June, Sorority Noise, and JFDR kick off this week’s eclectic aural offerings. Once again proving the more I think I know about music, the more I realize I know nothing (Jon Snow). I’ve never heard of any of these three before, so perhaps you’re in the same boat and we get to explore together. Yay!

Valerie June: The Order Of Time

Valerie June: The Order Of Time

Valerie June‘s latest album, The Order Of Time, crosses musical landscapes like a road trip with a close friend. Shifting the album into gear, she throws gravel, like life experiences, behind her. She cruises down the open road comfortably crooning and heads for parts well-known. Country, soul, gospel, folk, and blues are just some of the territories she roams as though she’s done it all her life. This album isn’t about getting to the end of the journey, it’s all about the experience along the way.

For you Spotifyers:

Sorority Noise: You’re Not As ______ As You Think

Sorority Noise: You're Not As___As You Think

As comfortable as you might feel after Valerie June, don’t think for a second that’s what Sorority Noise offers. You’re Not As ___ As You Think is fast out of the gate with the steering wheel thumper, No Halo. Not wanting to burn out too quickly, the band slows the pace over the next few tracks and gets introspective while laying the foundation for their sonic wall (not to be confused with a certain megalomaniac’s wall). With track names like No HaloFirst Letter From St. Sean, and Second Letter From St. Julien, you might think there’s a religious tilt to the album. Then you get tracks like CarLeave The Fan On, and New Room and that thought fades. Overall, this album doesn’t keep you with one thought or sensibility for too long and that makes it enjoyable.

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JFDR: Brazil

 

JFDR: Brazil

Last, but certainly not least, is JFDR’s debut album, Brazil. JFDR is a project by, as those of us in music circles know her (yeah, right), Jófríður Ákadóttir. What? You don’t know this 22-year-old Icelandic sensation? Tsk tsk. Oh, before you ask, yes, she’s Björk-approved. Don’t let that scare you off. Her vocals are breathy and beautiful. Her instrumentation is generally sparse, but well-arranged. This album intrigues me because there’s an ethereal quality as well as an EDM feel. One song may feature a beat with some soft, finger-picked guitar. Another is a simple piano and vocal track. I selected the track below because it really settled into my ear and brain nicely.

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