Liz Cooper’s Albums, POD Among This Week’s Top Picks

Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week we usually take a look at upcoming concerts in the area. With most shows on hold due to the pandemic, here’s a look at seven of the best albums released on September 3.

Liz Cooper – “Hot Sass”

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Liz Cooper’s new album follows on from her 2018 debut album, “Window Flowers”, which was the subject of raves across the board. Originally from Baltimore and now based in Brooklyn, she has continued to tour regularly since her debut, performing alongside artists such as Dr. Dog, Shakey Graves, Bermuda Triangle, Lord Huron and Phosphorescent as well as slots at various festivals. Through the 12 new songs, Cooper comes to life – both musically and as a person – embracing a new sense of honesty, maturity and creativity.

POD – “20th anniversary of the satellite”

Two decades ago, POD released their fourth studio album, “Satellite,” a triple platinum smash that remains the hard rock band’s best-selling album. To celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary, the San Diego-based band is releasing a new remastered version of the record, which has been enriched with rare and unreleased music. Available as a double CD and digitally this week – with double vinyl on October 8, the 28-song collection features a new remastered version of the original album, along with a selection of rarities, remixes and four never-before-seen demos , including “Alive (Semi-acoustic version).”

Suuns – “The Witness”

“The Witness” marks a cleverly offbeat left turn for Montreal rock band Suuns, showing them in their most comfortable and outspoken state. Self-recorded and self-produced for most of 2020, a year of conflict, loneliness and reflection, the LP finds the group holding a magnifying glass over their own state of play and performance by default. It’s a quick departure from the previous album, “Felt”, and sees the band harvesting ideas haphazardly in their embryonic and demo versions, as if leaving a magnificent firework display in the ether.

The Hawkins – “The Consequences”

Top-flight Swedish garage band The Hawkins’ rock’n’roll spirit is featured in slightly darkened undertones on their new mini album – an EP for the rest of us – “The Aftermath”. The group’s very dynamic and eccentric take on the genre is interpreted with an underlying feeling of anger, angst and contained apprehension. Experimental and more daring than before, the six go from explosive blasts of energy to quieter acoustic parts with manic episodes in between.

Fair Visions – “Modern Children”

Brooklyn-based post-punk band Fair Visions deliver six varied tracks on “Modern Kids,” which form the second half of a statement started with their first, “A Way Out,” released amid the gloom and the disintegration of 2020. The EP embraces the darkness with a Pandora-like curiosity, introducing a broad chromatic rainbow of hooks and textures, from piano and stomp and fuzz to spectral choirs and blackouts. acid house. Both narrow and sprawling, Fair Visions has never seemed more complex in its channeling of the intoxicating New York New Wave dance lineage.

Portrait – “One with none”

When it comes to modern heavy metal, there are few bands operating at the same level as Portrait. For a decade and a half, the Swedish unit forged its own course, breathing life into a long-established genre and taking it in new directions. In their latest album, “At One With None”, the band hold themselves to an undeniably high level that shines through every turn, as they push each other and refuse to let go until a song is perfect. Lyrically, the record focuses on spirituality, current times and the question of what truth is in existence; heavy stuff backed up by even heavier riffs.

Jenna Kyle – “Ojos”

Jenna Kyle’s EP “Ojos” represents a new era for the Los Angeles-based singer / songwriter, producer and live electronic artist, who has actively left her mark as one of the two percent of the world’s music producers. industry. The music is heavily influenced by his travels in recent years and his long-standing partnership and collaboration with Brazilian / Argentinian drummer Bruno Esrubilsky (Mitski, Hedwig and The Angry Inch), which have contributed to a global spirit sound. and an influx of Spanish music. and Portuguese lyrics.

Sound check

• Liz Cooper, “Feeling good”
• POD, “Alive (semi-acoustic version)”
• Suuns, “Witness Protection”
• The Hawkins, “Svääng”
• Right visions, “Modern children”
• Portrait, “Phantom Father”
• Jenna Kyle, “Tell Me”


This story was updated on September 1 to correct the name of Liz Cooper’s album, which was misnamed in an earlier version.

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