Hyeseon (pronounced Hay-Sun) is clearly on a journey of exploration with her debut album, incorporating diverse elements into this collection:  a slightly retro and Asian take (#1), a fusion feel at the start of #2, a Latin feel (#3), jazzifying a Korean folk melody in #4, the nonverbal choralizing in #5 evoking film scores from […]

Good, tight sound and focused energy from the group, great dynamic together. Christal Rheams is a no-nonsense singer who means what she sings with a rich contralto voice (nice take on “All Through the Night”).  The songs are heartfelt choices of the group.  Two originals by Fraedrich (5, 8) are instrumentals.

Take No Prisoners! Holmquist goes all out with this album of original works.  A sharp clean big band with featured soloists Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Dick Oatts (a/s sax).  Wonderful-to-listen-to rhythmic flows, from the boisterous “Quick Ride…” to the plaintive “Ballade” to the ultimately joyous “Stevie R.”  Underlying all is a powerful energy.  Thoughtful, enjoyable […]

All but #9 are original compositions by pianist Routenberg. One sign of a good group is that musicians’ performances stand out but never “poke” out.  The smaller the group, the harder it becomes.  This trio is on the money.  Effortless and in command of the music.  Routenberg’s music offers a nice array of contemplitude (1,8), […]

Double-disc compilation of songs from one of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV right now. Many of these tracks are the little ditties that play over the end credits of the episodes, but also include some of the show’s musical numbers like “Electric Love” and “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom”. There are also some […]

Lunch Truck is an album from Bulkhead. The music has a Minimal Techno vibe that is heavy on the beats and pounds away. Very nice! RIYD: No Moon Tracks: All Good

Lafa Taylor & Aabo’s track Already Found has been remixed. There are eight remixes and the music is a mix of House, Disco Dance, EDM, And Electro R&B. All the tracks have an upbeat, dance floor friendly vibe. Tracks: All Good

I and II is the latest work from New Orleans artist Benni. The music sounds like a soundtrack from a John Carpenter film or other 70’s and 80’s sci-fi or horror films. Heavy on the analog synthesizer with a dark, brooding vibe, Benni creates a haunting soundscape with a retro feel. RIYD: John Carpenter, Vangelis, […]

CARVE + GAZE is the latest from WEN. The music sounds like a mix of IDM and Electro Hop but from the far future. The music has a spacey yet dark feel and it draws you right in. RIYD: Clark, Fhloston Paradigm, Actress, Legowelt Tracks: All Good

UK producer Twin Tail and Denver based duo Quiett teamed up and produced an album on the Hush Hush label titled Fountains. Lush and woozy, it’s got a Tycho feel but a little more upbeat. It get’s you grooving without too much effort. Good to listen to while doing the dishes or if you have […]

Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar and Shabaka Kutchings have being doing some excavating in the remote regions of this planet and discovered this album titled A.R.E. Project. Hieroglyphic Being’s music seems to have come from the ancient magic of the God’s. He called forth the Disco’s of Imhotep in his last album and with the help […]

EGO is an album from artist RAC (pronounced ar-aye-see). The music is super smooth and is a mix of EDM and Indie Dance. Most of the tracks feature a guest artist (including Rivers Cuomo from Weezer) providing good variety and keeps the hour-plus album from getting stale. RIYD: Classixx, Holy Ghost! Tracks: 3,4,7,8,11,14

Fissure Price is an album from artist Kai Whiston. The music is a little chaotic and a bit hard to describe. There’s definitely an Experimental element here with components of Dubstep, Bass Music, Ambient and UK Grime. It’s a little different and has a refreshing feel to it. RIYD: Forest Sword, Four Tet, Machinedrum Tracks: […]

KINGS is an album from Frameworks. The music is a mix of Downtempo and Organic House with elements of Jazz, Classical and Asian Influences. The music is smooth and chill with a lush, natural feel. RIYD: Bonobo, Maribou State Tracks: All Good

A goth-rock record, steeped in melancholic guitar playing, crooning vocals, and propulsive drum machine rhythms, enhanced by a collection of synthesizers. Label: Maladjusted Start with: 3, 4, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Black Marble, Merchandise, The Soft Moon, Palm, Pile

A modern freak folk approach to traditional Texas psychedelic music and 1960’s folk. Label: Cosmic Dreamer Start with: 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jacco, Gardner, Holy Wave, Morgan Delt, Sam Kogon

An soulful acoustic EP from the Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba featuring warm harmonies, a Norwegian lap harm known as a cittra, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”. Label: Thirdman Start with: 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lady Lamb, Julien Baker, Big Thief, The Milk Carton Kids

Dreamy folk-pop made up of a mixture of wistful acoustic melodies, swelling electronic instrumentals, and throbbing baselines by Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash. The Record features Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming, Marika Hackman, and The Staves Label: Rostrum Start with: 2, 3, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bombay Bicycle Club, Nada Surf, Sufjan Stevens, Polyphonic Spree

Nico-tinged melancholic pop characterized by heavy-hearted harmonies. Label: Moshi Moshi Start with: 1, 2, 4, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Japanese Breakfast, Frankie Cosmos, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Ultimate Paintings, Amber Arcades, Margaret Glaspy

Synth pop with energetic beats and surging arpeggios framed by Marela’s gentle vocalizations. Label: Jagjaguwar Start with: 2, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Perfume Genius, Big Thief, Weyes Blood

Dance-floor synth-pop group with their second album, full of occasionally awkward vocal modulations and contrasting tones. Content connects on a few tracks but lacks the confidence and ambition that made their previous album, How Do You Feel Now?, such a solid debut. The closing track, Let’s Talk About Feelings (#11), takes a different approach, finding a relaxed, jazzy […]

Written and produced by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and recorded by Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb). Eucalyptus is an immersive album length electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust. “Conceived on Hawaiian mornings, written on a sunlit bedroom afternoon in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight, recommended listening for […]

The Barr Brothers secluded the band in a cabin in northern Quebec to put out a new effort after some time off the radar.  Blending their gospel, roots, folk, lo-fi, and rock sounds, this single is right in their sweet spot.  Heavy and hollow, gritty and tight, it’s what you want and expect from these […]

Gracious, Romantic  and early-modern piano works. Play!

Pieces for trio of piano, violin and clarinet, by composers either southern by birth or by residence (except Katchaturian)–all modern. Play most!