by Dan Ferguson
No Time for Dreaming
The House of Daptone, aka Daptone Records, has given us throwback soul queen Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and now via their Dunham Records imprint comes the deep, deep, Stax-styled soul maneuvers of Charles Bradley. Possessing a Redding-like rasp with spot-on support from Dunham house band The Menahan Street Band, Bradley's full-length debut called No Time for Dreaming is as sanctifying a set of old school soul here in the contemporary to come down the pike in a long time. Highly recommended. Visit www.dunhamrecords.com.
Hardly Art Records
So gauzy and lilting they float is one way to describe the dozen, barely two-minute pop nuggets comprising the self-titled debut album by single-girl group La Sera. Fronted by Katy Goodman, aka Kickball Katy of Vivian Girls fame, single note runs on guitar with splashes of echo and helium-high female harmonies give this platter a dreamy ‘60s retro glaze. It all combines to make the music pass by quickly creating high Repeat button appeal. Visit www.hardlyart.com.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)