New music this September: Emm Gryner, Sarah Slean, and St Vincent

This September is almost like Christmas for me in that three of my favourite artists are releasing new music this month.

  • Emm Gryner, Northern Gospel: Emm turns to Stuart Brawley, with whom she worked on 1996’s The Original Leap Year, to produce her latest outing. Northern Gospel continues to bring together Emm’s power-pop stylings with some introspective lyrics to provide a satisfying sound. In this interview to MSN, Emm admits that Northern Gospel is a more “Canadian”-sounding record than usual. After a few listens to it, I would agree with her.
  • Sarah Slean, Land & Sea: This new one from my favourite running singer is an epic two-disc set. The Land half is singing Sarah, while Sea is tilted toward Sarah’s classical compositions. This album has been pre-ordered, and I can’t wait! Until then, there is a video for the first single, “Set It Free”:
  • St Vincent, Strange Mercy: Annie Clark’s third album completes the September trifecta. After listening to most of the tracks in a preview provided by NPR, this album emphasizes her guitar work, as evidenced in her video for “Cruel”, below.
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