Monthly Archives: November 2015

Anton Arensky–Chamber Music

Beautiful late Romantic pieces for chamber ensemble. Play!

Brian Eno–Discreet Music

An “arrangement” with improvisation of a piece originally composed as an exercise of process, not product. Ambient.

Charles Koechlin–Ballade, Preludes

Gracious, mostly short piano pieces, impressionistic. The Preludes are faster. Play!

Dino Saluzzi–Imagenes

Lovely piano pieces by bandeonist Saluzzi with elements of Argentina. Play!

Black Masala – “I Love You Madly”

Brass-heavy, funky, dance music.  Multi-international influences, but all dance-party-centric.  Part gypsy-punk, part afro-cuban funk, part Balkan brass, part New Orleans funk.  100% good times.   RIYL: Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx, Rebirth Brass Band Play: #1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean Label: self- released

City and Colour – “If I Should Go Before You”

First time full-band effort, from long-time solo artist.  Dreamy indie-folk with deep grooves, and almost-R&B undercurrents.  Very well-crafted songs that draw from blues, R&B, indie rock, and alt-country.  Great vocal range with beautiful harmonies all around.   RIYL: Ray Lamontagne, Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes Play: #6, 8, 2, 10, 5 […]

Majical Cloudz – “Are You Alone?”

Hypnotic, sparse, and intimate.  Simple, minor-key instrumentation, combined with plaintive, soothing, aching, crooning vocals.  Mostly electronic, and piano instrumentation.  Super sad, but in a good way.   Play: # 9, 8, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Owen Palette, How To Dress Well, Caribou Label: Matador

Car Seat Headrest – “Teens of Style”

Fuzzed-out, multi-layered, harmonies.  Lo-fi anthems of youthful joy and frustration.  Made up of reworkings of songs from his many previous albums, this major label debut is very impressive.  Multiple/distorted guitar tracks flesh out hidden pop-gems on every track.  What if Brian Wilson was born in 1988 and raised on Weezer? Play: #1, 5, 4, 9, […]

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express – Junun (Nonesuch)

After more than a decade of study in Rajasthan, Israeli-American songwriter Shye Ben Tzur teamed up with The Rajasthan Express, a 15+ member band with a 6 piece brass section & strong Qawwali/Bhangra sound, plus multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), who subtly embellishes the tracks, to create this fresh, culturally respectful, & mesmerizing new fusion. Lyrics […]

Slim Twig- Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig (DFA/Grasshopper)

Slim Twig- Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is a sonic, colorful and vibrant album to date. Twig’s elements of Space Rock and digital approach delivers a fun three dimensional album. TYFSWT leaves the listener wondering what happened, where am I? Fun!?

Robert Delong- In the Cards (Glassnote Music)

Robert Delong- In the Cards is fun and very danceable. Delong’s Second Studio Album Delivers an enrichment of Electronic stylings ranging from Techno to Trip Hop and all in between. In the cards is emotive with deep compositions full of soulful expressive anecdotes.

Fort Lean-Quiet Day (Ooh La La/Caroline)

Fort Lean delivers a great and satisfying album. Dreamy Mood music with an Alternative twist. Great Beats, Lyrical and texturally Awesome. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Dirty Ghosts- Let it Pretend (Lost Gang Records)

Fun, Rythmic distorted melodies.This album is Full of Energy. Sounds somewhat likeArctic Monkeys. All songs start and finish strong. Let it Pretend- Dirty Ghosts balances the line between Punk & Indie Rock. Great for driving or getting your day started over a cup of tea or coffee.

Sanjay Chitale & Sandeep Chowta – American Pilgrimage (Universal)

Talented vocalist Sanjay Chitale & Bollywood music director/composer Sandeep Chowta teamed up to create a musical canvas, & then invited several of their favorite American jazz musicians to add embellishments. The fusion is really nice with some nice surprises, though the plaintive Bollywood vocals & style still provide the dominant theme.

Tiempo Libre – Panamericano (Universal)

Exhilarating blend of Latin tunes from this thrice Grammy-nominated band of seven Miami-based Cuban musicians who like to get together during their “free time” (Tiempo Libre). Good stuff.

Franchesca Blanchard – Deux Visions (Cumbancha)

Title references this singer/songwriter’s two world views resulting from growing up and coming of age in France & then Vermont. Gentle indie-folk vibe with vocals in French & English. Nice band too, with many contributors mentioned in the booklet. Web page & listen links here

Undlin & Wolfe – How Far (self-Released)

Soulful, melodic folk music. Sounds like a cool October twilight on the trail; instrumentation is often bigger than just guitar and voice, but it never feels overdone. Undlin and Wolfe bring a clarity of voice and tone that is sweet, but never feels cheesy. Fantastic, expansive vibes throughout this album.  “Volatile” and “Reykjavik” incorporates a […]

Sanjay Chitale & Sandeep Chowta – American Pilgrimage (Universal Classics)

Synth, soprano sax, Indian rhythms and vocals, in a cross of fusion, world, and dance. The music is vibrant, with eclectic textures, and a clear presence of the human voice. Guest artists on this album include John Scofield, Lincoln Goines, Bunny Brunel, Jimmy Haslip, and others. Truly the creation of a Bollywood composer’s (Sandeep Chowta) desire to record […]

Brad Mehldau – 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch)

Material culled from 10 years of live performances. Clear sound, steady pulse, and a conscious approach to the tone of piano music–the attack of each note and dynamics matched to create a mood of contemplation. Phrasing throughout is speech-like and natural leading to a cascade of rhythm and tone. Of special note for our DJ’s: […]

Rustie-EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE

EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is an album by Rustie. The album has a raw edge to it with thumping bass, scrappy sequencing, and 8-Bit vocals. A bit of a tough listen but there are some solid tracks here. Tracks: 4,6,11

Matt Diamond-Curvature

Curvature is the latest from Matt Diamond. The tracks are smooth with a Downtempo/Lounge feel along with an Ambient Dance vibe. Tracks: 1,3,5,7

Wolfgang Flur-Eloquence: The Complete Works

Eloquence: The Complete Works is a compilation from ex-Kraftwerk drummer Wolfgang Flur. Flur with band mate Florian Schneider invented the first drum pads in 1973 to further their electronic sound. The music definitely has a Kraftwerk Minimal Wave, Electro Pop sound but there is a lush backdrop added to the music creating depth and a […]

Maribou State-Portraits Remixed

Maribou State’s album Portraits has been remixed. The music ranges from Synth Dance, Lounge, Ambient Dance and Downtempo. There’s a good amount of variety here and the tracks all have a nice smoothness to them. Tracks: 2,3,5,7,8,9

Shana Halligan-Back To Me

Songstress Shana Halligan returns with an album titled Back To Me. The music blends a Downtempo vibe with elements of Electro-Jazz. The album has been described as “A Prohibition Era speakeasy in 1920’s America backed by a futuristic electronic jazz band”. RIYD: Meg Myers, Everything But The Girl Tracks: 1,4,6,7