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“Power,” the title track from Shreveport based rock group Seratones‘ upcoming record, is probably this week’s most aptly-named cut. After two-and-a-half minutes of driving, all-out performances from the entire group, almost everything drops out, leaving vocalist AJ Haynes alone with a tremolo string section, before suddenly diving back into the opening groove, fuller and more powerful than before. Power is out August 23rd on New West Records.

A super-compact jam at just over two minutes, “Gotta Get to Know Ya” is based around a fuzzed-out, punk-funk bassline and Haynes’ versatile vocals, which range from sultry purrs to siren wails. Building on the soul and garage-rock elements of their debut album, Haynes and the Seratones keep the pace by laying down a ridiculously tight groove, sprinkling in some spacey synth effects and live-wire guitar skronk along the way. But it’s clear this is Haynes’ show: “Feel the heat of my fire/I gotta gotta gotta gotta get to get to get to know ya,” she sings, switching from smooth, Lenny Kravitz-style layered harmonies

From the new album ‘POWER,’ available August 23rd

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This Sunday is Valentine’s Day which makes Eskimeaux’s new single sound extremely appropriate in a deeply fucked way. “Power” explores the inevitable power play that surfaces when you realize that you’re deeply bonded to someone. That struggle materializes now and then between both friends and lovers, but I’m more inclined to consider the song through the lens of the latter and here’s why: no one will make you want to commit murder more than the people you have inexplicably intense feelings for. Gabrielle Smith opens the song with a line about macabre insect mating rituals (“Wish I could love you less like a praying mantis/ Rip your head off every time this starts to feel right”) and she ends it with a reminder that people, like places, can make you claustrophobic. “Oh! What power can be drawn/ From just a day of being alone.” It’s an essential reminder, because this I know to be true: it is far easier to tear someone down and make them feel small than it is to acknowledge and honor the vulnerability you feel in their presence. “Power” was recorded by Emily Sprague (of Florist) and is the debut single off of Eskimeaux’s forthcoming six-song mini album Year Of The Rabbit, which is out in April and follows last year’s O.K.

Eskimeaux :: Year of the Rabbit EP
Out April 15th, 2015 on Double Double Whammy Records