Dup Crosson has been crafting lyrical, upbeat electronic pop as Saint Solitude since 2006. For his latest album, Journal of Retreat, he's added a full backing band that adds muscle to his chiming, Britpop-inspired melodies.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (Daptone, 2002)
I saw them last week at the Orange Peel. They do that 1960s Motown neo-soul thing, and they're really high energy. They're interesting—I haven't heard somebody do the retro thing so well before.
High Violet (4AD)
I'm warming up to it. I'm a huge fan of the last two records, and their lead singer's been a big influence on me. He shows that you don't have to go above a whisper or a conversational tone to get your point across. This is a little restrained, though. I wish they'd really let go.