Musical reinvention, a hitmaker’s solo effort and raw honesty from a returning artist are in focus in CBC host Tom Power's weekly look at new music.
Lake Street Dive might have burst into the public consciousness with its viral video cover of the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, but the talented American four-piece shows its staying power with Bad Self Portraits. The group’s new album sets out to reinvent '60s soul music, showcasing an exciting sound that blends Amy Winehouse, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Mamas and the Papas, says Power.
Founding member of punk-hip hop group N.E.R.D., Pharrell Williams is the uber-producer who’s worked with everyone from Jay Z to Britney Spears and the unmistakable falsetto heard on two of 2013’s most ubiquitous songs: Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. A veritable “Beethoven of boogie,” Powers says, Williams has now debuted his first solo album, GIRL.
Finally, the somewhat sardonic singer-songwriter Beck gets honest and confessional with his new album Morning Phase, an album that explores his health problems, family issues and love woes.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Lake Street Dive, Pharrell Williams and Beck.