Monday, February 8, 2016

CD Review: New Album Releases From Rising Stars St. Lucia, Chairlift And Wet

At the end of January, Columbia Records rolled out new releases from St. Lucia, Chairlift and newcomers Wet. St. Lucia return with their sophomore follow-up "Matter" as bandleader Jean-Philip Grobler again works with Chris Zane (Passion Pit) on this latest eleven-song release. Beginning with the addictive pop beats of "Do You Remember" and "Dancing On Glass," St. Lucia knows how to lift your spirits and get the energy flowing. They incorporate the iconic eighties synthesizer into "Physical" as the chorus is undeniable. The seductive plea of "Love Somebody" gives emotion to the manufactured/electronic music, before returning to the club beats of "Rescue Me." The new album finishes with the marriage of synthesizers and a rock groove on "Always." To find out more about St. Lucia and their new release "Matter," please visit
From New York comes the third album from the synth-pop duo Chairlift titled "Moth." Their music has been featured in Apple commercials and they've also collaborated with Beyonce on her 2013 single "No Angel." This latest release features ten breakthrough dance/pop anthems that should draw in a bigger audience for Chairlift. Beginning with the slow build-up of "Look-Up," you don't get the full effect of what Chairlift have to offer until the funk-fueled follow-up "Polymorphing." The album's latest single "Romeo" is up-tempo, dance/pop with addictive beats and soulful vocals. They deliver the smooth grooves of "Ch-Ching" and the wonderful vocals of Caroline Polachek soar during "Crying In Public." The album finishes with the quieter approach to "Unfinished Business" and the six-plus minute dancebeat journey of "No Such Thing As Illusion." To find out more about Chairlift and their latest album "Moth," please visit their Facebook page at
Also from New York comes the debut album from Wet titled "Don't You." Their quiet signature sound has helped them sell out their first U.S. headlining tour which runs until February 16th. Their new eleven-song release will not over power you, but slowly find its way to your heart with the angelic vocals of "Deadwater" and the smooth beats of "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl." Wet brings together the intimacy of their vocals with the light touch of music on "Islands" to create a song that is too good for modern pop radio, while the pop beats of "All The Ways" should grab the attention of radio listeners. The album finishes with the R&B flavor of "Body," which features some exceptional harmonizing and the wonderful recollection of "These Days." To find out more about Wet and their newly released album "Don't You," please visit

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