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Mirel Wagner - "The Dirt"

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Ethiopian-born Finnish singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner very quietly released her debut of creaky, stark folk music with a self-titled record in 2012. The whole thing was very minimal and dark and somber, so it isn't too much of a surprise that it didn't catch too much buzz (which is unfortunate, really). But now, Wagner has signed to Sub Pop for her sophomore record, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, and has released a new song.

"The Dirt" follows a similar pattern to her debut songs, but it has a richer production and songwriting value, with Wagner's voice really shining throughout, with just the right dab of reverb. It has a bluesy strut (blues has always been a clear influence on her brand of folk), and the electric guitar that comes sliding in has a rustic, rickety feel that fits the song perfectly. It's nice to hear Wagner's songs get a couple more musical elements embedded into them; she does a nice job with these small but important assists. And when she closes the song with the chilling, "You'll be in the dirt / You'll be the dirt," it just gets me all scared and excited.

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is out August 12 via Sub Pop.

Jack White - "Lazaretto"

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http://youtu.be/qI-95cTMeLM We'd been skeptical of Jack White's solo career since the bit-too-familiar Blunderbuss back in 2012. But he really had us reconsider his solo potential with "Lazaretto," the lead single and title track of his new album - a flashy track laden with organ, horns, some glitchy synths, and it even had a freaking fiddle solo! He reached a new level of ambition with this track, but still reveled in a bit of (I'd call deserved) self-celebration.

And now we have a video fittingly as flashy and self-celebratory to the max. Every bad-ass thing White could think of is here: shattering glass, guitar-playing shadows, audacious floral-print suits, sports cars, bucking bulls, and Jack White chest pieces. Wait, what the fuck? OK, you might argue he went too far there, but hey; it's still a killer song and a fun enough set of visuals. Enjoy!

Lazaretto's out tomorrow via White's Third Man Records. Try getting your hands on one of these crazy-ass "ULTRA LP"s!