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New Music – The Paranoid Style, Ethan Burns, Nyxen

Future musical heroes to meet from Washington DC, California and Sydney


Thu, Aug 25, 2016, 09:55


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.

The Paranoid Style

Bracing sounds with bite, snark and gumption from the Washington DC crew fronted by wife-and-husband duo Elizabeth Nelson and Timothy Bracy (also of The Mendoza Line). The band take their name from US historian and political thinker Richard J. Hofstadter’s essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” and their musical leanings from classic power-pop and garage rock. Debut album “Rolling Disclosure” is now available via Hoboken-by-way-of-Limerick label Bar-None.

Ethan Burns

“Homeward” from Central Coast, California dude Ethan Burns sounds just right. He’s got a great husky, gritty voice, with tones and stylings which will remind you of fellas from Van Morrison to Leon Bridges, while the sheen of the track shows that Burns knows what it takes to turn a vintage, old-school rock’n'soul’n'gospel burr into something rather special and clssic sounding. Formerly part of Rebel Empire with his brother Zac before going solo, Burns’ debut EP arrives via Fairfax Recordings next month.


Sydney producer on the rise, Nyxen’s tunes are sunny and sweet, productions informed by her DJ-ing gig and guitar-playing jams. She’s got a few boom tunes floating around but “Running” sounds mighty swell to us as those folks down under come out of winter.