As the days grow shorter and colder, thoughts begin to turn to reflecting upon the output of the previous year.
Except for the fact that local musicians are still pumping out new records with efficient regularity. So, as 2013 starts to draw to a close, there is still worthwhile new music to consider before all is said and done. Here are three new, noteworthy releases.
Perma, ‘Two of a Crime’
Perma is a couple making sweet music in more ways than one: husband and wife Max Bemis (of Say Anything fame) and Sherri DuPree-Bemis (of Eisley fame) join forces for this full-length debut. As side projects go, Two of a Crime is remarkably focused, splitting the difference between the emo-rock of Say Anything’s catalog and the sweet, wistful sonics of Eisley’s output. The Bemises’ voices blend nicely, darting in and out and around each other — Let’s Start a Band is appealing pop-rock; the tender Remedy feels like a stolen moment between a loving couple — and giving Crime its carefully modulated core of sweetness. “Recording this record was literally like a sigh of relief,” Max Bemis says in press materials. Consider this Crime a lovely release for listeners as well.
Black Milk, ‘No Poison, No Paradise’
No Poison, No Paradise is rapper/producer Black Milk’s fifth solo album, but his first since moving from his native Detroit to Dallas. The man born Curtis Cross has collaborated with some of hip-hop’s biggest names — the late J Dilla and Lloyd Banks, among others — but showcases an arresting style all his own on Paradise. The guest list is short but stout ( The Roots’ Black Thought turns up, as does Robert Glasper and Dwele), leaving Black Milk to shine on atmospheric cuts like Interpret Sabotage and Parallels.
Dovetail, ‘Mount Karma’
Dallas foursome Dovetail makes its full-length debut with Mount Karma, another feather in busy producer Beau Bedford’s cap. Led by brothers Philip and Daniel Creamer, who handle vocals and guitars and keys, respectively, Dovetail’s earthy rock songs soar, thanks to Philip Creamer’s expressive voice, which shines through confident, surging tracks such as Heavy or the lovely opener Julie like a ray of sunshine. (Dovetail is rounded out by bassist Scott Lee and drummer Aaron Haynes; Bedford pitches in instrumentally as well.) In a music scene packed tight with bands favoring guitar-driven songs and a weakness for soaring anthems, Dovetail sets itself apart, suggesting it won’t be long before they take wing beyond the state’s borders.