Celebrate new releases this weekend from Ontario-based songwriter Jamie McDell, Pakistani-Dutch musician F1rstman, and Colorado death metal band Allegaeon.
Jamie McDell – Jamie McDell (ABC Music)
New Zealand-born, Ontario-based Jamie McDell’s newest release solidifies her as one of the Americana greats: her shimmering vocals and complex lyrics shine throughout the thirteen album tracks. This self-titled critically acclaimed new body of work feels intentionally intimate. Produced by Nash Chambers and featuring singles “Dream Team,” “Not Ready Yet,” and “Poor Boy (feat. Tom Busby),” this is a must-listen for any roots and Americana fans. Jamie shares that the songs celebrate “an adventurous upbringing on the sea while also understanding the impossible ideals placed on mothers and fathers,” exhibiting her unique ability to combine a compelling narrative with musical virtuosity. Listen to her self-titled Jamie McDell here.
F1rstman – The Blend (F1rst Music)
F1rstman’s Pakistani roots and Dutch upbringing come through in this genre-blending release, The Blend. His experience listening to Bollywood, Arabic melodies, and Sufi Music contrasted against Western hip-hop and R&B shine through in The Blend. He says of the new release, ”it is a clear, open sound on heavy beats that are up to date and release energy worldwide. It’s the sound of now.” The appeal of his music is not lost on fans, earning him numerous gold and platinum singles and tens of millions of streams. F1rstman’s ability to traverse cultures combines with impactful harmonies and a musical landscape unique only to him, leaving listeners with an unforgettable experience. Listen to The Blend out now.
Allegaeon – Damnum (Metal Blade)
Hailing from Colorado, Allegaeon’s fifteen years of success continue with their sixth full-length album, Damnum. Their characteristic sound is heightened throughout the album, pushing new melodic boundaries and drawing listeners in with hooks you won’t be able to forget. Produced by longtime collaborator Dave Otero, the album is sure to strike a chord with fans of hard-hitting choruses and compelling instrumentation. The tracks also contain some of the most intense music of their career: “Of Beasts And Worms” is a particular standout. Longtime Death Metal aficionados, as well as new fans, are sure to fall in love with the body of work.