The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Gracie, David Poe and more

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Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

It’s a retro Key Studio Session this week courtesy of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.  The local group performs jazz and blues standards with nostalgic authenticity, passing off instrumental solos between the brass and string players with Reed’s gently confident voice gliding through.  Take a listen to “Basin Street Blues” below and get the full set here.

Philly born, Brooklyn based project Gracie released a new single called “Spilt Milk.”  It’s the first recording with a new live band for frontman Andrew Balasia, who blended his signature pop synths with the depth of live instrumentation on this eighties-influenced track.  Stream and download it below.

Folkadelphia welcomed local folk melting pot Liz & The Lost Boys in to the studio for this week’s live session.  Recording songs from their latest self-titled LP, the group showed off an uncanny ability to blur the lines between classical, jazz, pop and general theatricality.  Take a listen to the session below and download it here.

Tuesday’s My Morning Download gave us an introspective song from Ryley Walker.  “Clear the Sky” comes from the Chicago guitarist’s debut record All Kinds of You and places his traditional-style guitar playing in the midst of jazz influences and fiddles.  Grab a copy below and see Walker live at Boot & Saddle on June 16th.

David Poe will release a new record called God & The Girl on June 10th, but you can download “Lonely Like Me” right now.  In addition to recording his own albums, Poe writes for other musicians (including Grace Potter and Duncan Sheik) and composes theatrical scores.  Take a listen to the new single below.

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