This Is Our Jam: Priory, Liam Bailey, & The Novel Ideas Get Heartfelt

0_emClockwise, From Above Left. Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records; Flying Buddha/Sony; Steve Flaherty; Yoed Nir.
We're getting ready for Fourth of July weekend with another edition of This Is Our Jam, a midweek mix of our favorite recent tracks. To kick things off, we've got a beautiful track that reads like a love letter from The Novel Ideas and an addictive dance gem from Portland band Priory. Up next, we have a roots-rock song from Liam Bailey and a rock 'n' roll-worthy track from badasses July Talk. Finally, we're excited about this experimental cello piece from Yoed Nir and Kishi Bashi — something a little different to end things on this week.
The Novel Ideas
“Lost On The Road”
There’s something inexplicably beautiful about The Novel Ideas; the band is just coming off of the release of two new gorgeous country-folk tracks. This one in particular is about moving on while trying not to be held back by doubt and insecurity. We love that this track makes us feel so much and can’t wait to see what the five-piece has in store for the rest of the year.
Priory formed at a flophouse in Portland, sold everything they had (including blood), built a studio in an old cement factory, and made a record. "Weekend," a summer jam with lots of layers is one of the results, and the catchy chorus is an homage to celebrating a well-deserved break (something we could all use). This celebratory song is one electro-pop rock jam that has us hooked.
Liam Bailey
“On My Mind”
There’s something beautifully nostalgic about soulful rock singer Liam Bailey. His vocals on “On My Mind” parallel Bob Marley with guitar riffs that bring to mind the likes of Gary Clark, Jr. It's pretty clear the guy's got talent since the late Amy Winehouse signed Bailey to her own Lioness Records, where he recorded two EPs. Judging by this single, Bailey’s debut record (coming out August 19 on Salaam Remi's label, Flying Buddha) will be one we won’t want to put down.
July Talk
“Summer Dress”
Sometimes we love a good old-fashioned garage-rock song, and July Talk certainly delivers. This sexy Americana indie-rock track from this Canadian band is somewhat of a headbanger. The band just released their EP Guns + Ammunition last month, and it's one we can definitely get behind this summer.
Yoed Nir ft. Kishi Bashi
“To The Unknown”
We're fans of the occasional classical track, and this one mixes something a little bit indie-rock and experimental with it. Israeli indie-cellist Yoed Nir collaborated with Kishi Bashi to create this unique track with echoed vocals from his latest record The Next Dream. The variety of sounds and complexity of layers puts us in quite the trance.

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