Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration. Here are his picks for February, 2017.
Happy new(-ish) year! January tends to be a slow time for new music, as release schedules (and concert calendars) gradually shift back into gear following a generally-observed hibernation around the holidays. That felt especially true this year, with no major releases dominating the musical conversation the way, for instance, Bowie did in 2016. (I guess we also had a few other things to pay attention to.) But there were still a handful of gems to sift through, all well as some promising signs for what’s to come later in the Spring. The selections below includes a pair of pre-release teasers from disgruntled old geezers, sterling examples of several different strains of soul music, a smattering of political content – sorry, you can’t escape it here either – and the first great pop banger of 2017.