The new EP from Australian folk group The Heart Collectors is truly emotive of joy, nostalgia, and a whole collection of other feelings. But that is just a happy side-effect to the true showcase of this release: the beauty of music, specifically acoustic instrumentation and the human voice. Written during the pandemic, Timeless Space is […]

Candlemass- Sweet Evil SunRelease date: 2022Nov18Label: Napalm RecordsRating: 5/5 Candlemass formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984. Wizard of the Vortex is a hell of a trad-doom stomper to start, followed by the melancholic soundscape of When Death Sighs. Devil Voodoo hits with solid riffs at a steady pace with the commanding vocals of returning original […]

Boston blues band GA-20 have come out with their new album Crackdown. A crushed production approach gives this Chicago Blues release a definite blues-rock sound, a real nostalgic-feeling drive. Fairweather Friend starts this off with a modern Black Keys-eque sound, whereas Easy On the Eyes, Be My Lonesome and, I Let Someone In, amongst others, pull […]

The second chapter in a trilogy that began with her 2019 album Titanic Rises, this installment continues themes of isolation and melancholia. Weyes Blood’s arrangements are beautifully meditative with lush orchestral undertones, making this folk pop album into something much more otherworldly. FCC: Clean RIYL: Angel Olsen, Adrianne Lenker, Julia Jacklin, Jessica Pratt

The latest single from New Hampshire band Cozy Throne, Gambit has everything you want from a punky power pop track. With standout vocals reminiscent of a grunge Hayley Williams, this track hooks you in and keeps your attention. Powerful, exhilarating instrumentals throughout. Exciting track; Cozy Throne has a forthcoming debut album, and in the meantime, […]

“Weightless” is the brand spankin’ new lead single off of Arlo Parks’ forthcoming sophomore album My Soft Machine. R&B meets bedroom pop. Lyrics addressing anxieties of independent life. Parks creates a soundscape filled with hypnotizing repetition; and scattered throughout are poetic, metaphorical lyrics. RIYL: Clairo, Japanese Breakfast, Lava La Rue, Orion Sun FCC: Clean

Fun 2000’s-inspired power pop single. Catchy, repetitive riffs that are easy to groove to. Totally could have made an appearance on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. Just enough fuzz & distortion to give it a hint of punky-ness. Overall, it makes for a nice pop/rock track. RIYL: Robber Robber, The Roof Dogs, […]

Strong female vocals that evoke a comforting nostalgia. Barbara is clearly inspired by 60’s and 70’s Laurel Canyon and Americana. The warm, charming opening track “Diamond Light” will hook you in to listen to the rest of the album. Think: empowering, poetic cowgirl tunes. Or something to that effect. Finishing off the album is “Weaning” […]

Sounds like the epitome of upbeat Lo-fi house tracks. Heavy, layered synth blended with light vocals. Very atmospheric, and a great listen for those who like independent experimental electronic. Self-released RIYL: Lo-Fi Study Playlists  FCC: Clean

Rowntree is a London-based artist whose vocals are very reminiscent of Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz. Tracks varying from instrumentals (#5 and 10) to dark pop and electronic. Feels like something your dad would show you (to prove he listens to cool music, too).  RIYL: Blur, Wild Beasts, Everything Everything, Foals FCC: Clean Check […]

Black Spell– Season of the DamnedRelease date: 2022Dec09Label: Regain RecordsRating: 4/5 Black Spell hail from Italy. Satanic Majesty throbs with pitch-black bass set in bleakness. Black Abyss draws one in with a low and dirty feel. Other tracks that stand out to me are Witches’ Brew (a sinister mid-tempo rocker), Season of the Damned (pays […]

From promoter: “This new track exemplifies her ability to layer her wry sense of humor atop weighty topics. Powered by brilliant, crystalline melodies, Teitelbaum’s eloquent writing takes root in the concrete: every line is literal, a keyhole to a bigger truth. Blondshell is about learning and unlearning, about untangling the ways we’re taught to accept bad […]

Really neat music, with ambient noise, some cool drum machines and noises that make my brain go “brrrrrr”. It had some of the same beats and various other tones that reminds me somewhat of Squarepusher. Definitely for those who like unusual music. RIYL: “Library Music”, Cluster, Matmos,Faust, Swingle Sisters, Happy the Man, Esquivel,Steve Fisk, Thurston Moore […]

From Promoter: “Maria Jacobson is the indie singer-songwriter behind Fran. Jacobson claims grief and faith as two faces from the same coin in her sophomore album, Leaving. Bending soft melodies, this introspective work lulls listeners into a mediative state as Jacobson details the tribulations that lead her to seek possible religions in everything around her. Listeners are grounded […]

Contemporary works for viola, some piano and children’s voices. Nice!

Varied percussion + flute works, lyrical to abstract, modern.

Contemporary pieces for strings /mandolin and very interesting! Play!

British composers’ ( Bowen, Britten, Holst) works for viola, early 1900’s, gracious.

Long, contemporary ambient/abstract string pieces, droning.

Lovely, flowing and ambient piano pieces, all contemporary. Play!

Romantic era piano concertos, lovely!

Very abstract varied works for sax + percussion, some dissonance.

Both classical and abstract, lovely, keening works for viola.

Contemporary works for sax or the forgotten connosax (sax + english horn + heckelphone created in 1928 with a vaudeville sound). Nice!

Abstract collection of guitar pieces, lots of hard plucking. Interesting.