Following their 2016 EP, NYC band Acid Dad’s self-titled debut album succeeds in producing dreamy vocals and catchy guitar riffs. Comprised of JP Basileo, Sean Fahey, Vaughn Hunt, and Kevin Walker, this album proves essential in any psychedelic rock fan’s music repertoire. Label: Greenway Records Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9 FCC: 3, 4 RIYL: […]
Noisy Baltimore post-punk duo continues to produce nuanced alt-rock on their first release for Carpark, while experimenting with 80s-sounding pop and complexity in their lyrics. On Riddles, the duo collaborates with close friend and electronic pop aficionado Dan Deacon to produce, arrange, and write the album. Their tunes give rise to an emotional complexity, exploring themes […]
Inspired by the visual arts, these are very interesting pieces for sax quartet or flute, piano & percussion trio. Play or sample!
A mix of works for wind ensemble or solo flute, and percussion, ranging from quiet to marching.
Interesting mix of winds, duet or ensemble with elements of jazz, modern. Play!
Contemporary guitar-based pieces, some with flute and/or guitar duo. Play most!
A tribute to the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, with pieces by the composer and others composed for him, varying from bluegrass, classical, jazz, etc.
Anthony Plog performs works by Hovhaness, Bozza, Reynolds and others in an exploration of modern trumpet duets (trumpet, piano, organ, voice). Varying styles. Play!
As the title suggests, this solo piano work (almost an hour in length) explores slowly, repetitive harmony with changes in rhythm. The liner notes indicate it can be analyzed as a mix of minimalism and twelve tone language. Sample.
Interesting mix of western and Asian instruments, some with layered tracks, others less complex. Play!
A modern take on folk, a full yet intimate sound with glorious harmonies and heavy drums. This album feels earthy, its melodies and lyrics are simple and warm. This piece seems a bit more pop than his other two albums, but maintains the great folk feel he’s become known for. The instrumentals are rich and […]
Post-Impressionistic piano pieces by Poulenc, Francaix and others. Play!
Ambient, minimal piano with electronics, occasional other instruments. Nice!
Warp continues to release ground breaking music with Mark Pritchard’s second solo effort The Four Worlds, an 8-track album that goes deep into an obscure universe of sound. The electronic music veteran of nearly three decades has left the club behind on this one, creating spoken word pieces like “Come Let us” and “S.O.S.” that might even […]
Your and Your Hippie Friends imprint drops an extended hymn to the synth overlords with My Way My Rules; a super ultra electro prog rock disco roller coaster… or something. Most of the tracks approach the six minute mark or more, making the guitar riffs and thick bass lines almost too much at times. Indeed, Guero […]
Lots of buzz online right now for Canadian producer Patrick Holland’s latest release as “Project Pablo” out of Montreal. The 5-track EP is pure house. In Holland’s words, “lots of repetition in melody, harmony and rhythm.” For the minimalist in you. Fantastic. Release Date: 4/6/2018 Play: Allll. RIYL: Jacques Greene, Fort Romeau
Chrome Sparks – “What’s It Gonna Take (ft. Angelica Bess)” + Machinedrum Remix (Counter Records) Jeremy Malvin aka Chrome Sparks drops his new album April 13th on Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint). A fabulous single; blending hip-hop, house and “bright-beaming synth work.” RIYL: Machinedrum, Nosaj Thing ODESZA – “Higher Ground + Remixes” – SINGLE […]
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Here we have a collaboration between U.K. electro titans Burial and The Bug on newly minted Pressure Records. And what a splendid shade of grey Fog / Shrine is. Sound without sound. The foreboding bass line and smokey atmospherics reverberate through an empty room. A club abandoned, outstandingly. Label: Pressure Release Date: 3/30/2018 Play: Both
It’s unclear if the music was actually composed between 1998 – 2001, or if German producer Christian Kliene was simply inspired by that era of electronic music. Regardless, Electronic Music From sounds as serene as the Alps of South Germany, where Kliene was born and raised. It wanders around ambient, trip hop, drum n’ bass, […]
A Partner to Lean On, the first proper full length from Trace Mountains, is both an extension of front man Dave Benton’s (LVL UP) initial excursion to explore the world of sounds in solitude, and a continuation of his lifelong relationship with music-making as a social process. The songs featured on A Partner to Lean On came about over […]
On Room Inside the World—Ought’s third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room […]
Best mates first, bandmates second – the heart of Hockey Dad has always existed in the friendship between duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming. The fast-paced, punk style of Billy’s drums is executed in perfect synchronicity with Zach’s jangly guitar, anthemic choruses and ever-confident vocals to give life to their unmistakable and infectious brand of […]
A collection of sugary, 90s-influenced indie rock. The nine songs that comprise Quit The Curse come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch’s crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that […]
In this solo album from Steven Rushingwind we are appreciating his flute playing as it travels with wind and stirs the heart-felt emotions. Play all tracks on this album for the beauty and gentle notes of the native flute from Steven dedicated to his family of Cahuilla Peoples.