The queen of country pop is back! On her sixth full-length, Queen Of Me, the Canadian superstar delivers her most triumphant-feeling body of work yet; an album about standing in your own power and worshipping yourself. Featuring the glam-pop single “Waking Up Dreaming,” co-written and produced with BTS hitmaker David Stewart, and a rare tearjerker from Twain- the country-leaning “Last Day of Summer.”
SYML’s music has a sacred quality. His experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals. Over these 15 songs, SYML offers a profound exploration of the ways in which our lives intertwine, weaving in familiar iconography as a means of examining his feelings towards others, and about himself.
Since 1999, Gogol Bordello have consistently riled up audiences with an inimitable patchwork of punk, gypsy, dub, folk, Latin swing, and Eastern European magic. Now Ukrainian-born band leader Eugene Hutz and co. trumpet the spirit of survival louder than ever on their eighth full-length album, Solidaritine, carrying us through these most turbulent, traumatic, and trying of times.
Extreme emotions can make the battle with self-destruction all the more perilous, yet from such trials Sunny War has crafted a set of songs that draw on a range of ideas and styles, as though she’s marshaling all her forces to get her ideas across: ecstatic gospel, dusty country blues, thoughtful folk, rip-roaring rock and roll, even avant garde studio experiments. It’s a new testament of building hope out of chaos.