Monthly Archives: January 2017
3 diverging pieces by modern composers–Musto’s lovely!
kid koala’s new album, “music to draw to: satellite” is the perfect mellow record to get you through winter. mellow, dreamy, and out of this world — seriously, he created an ambient electronic sound that was inspired by the planning to go to Mars. best thing about it is that he teamed up with Emiliana […]
Girma Bèyènè was an Ethiopian singer, lyricist, arranger, & musical legend in the 1960s-70s. Following the ascension of Stalinist dictator Mengistu Haylè-Maryam after a 1974 coup, Girma looked for a way out of Ethiopia. During a 1981 tour in the U.S. with his Walias band, six of the band members slipped away and remained in […]
This Ethiopian vocalist & composer has created richly evocative Ethiopian fusion featuring many regional instruments in performances using traditional anchihoye, bati, & ambassel pentatonic scales; the latter often used in songs celebrating historical events as this CD does. The theme of the recording is a salute to the Victorian era Emperor Atse Tewodros II, who […]
Second in a series of wonderful collaborations between musicians from diverse ethnic groups living (or formerly living) along the Nile River & its watershed (includes musicians from Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda). Features original compositions conceived at a gathering in Jinja, Uganda (hence the title) for a project aimed at education, regional […]
Artist Japanese Wallpaper’s self-titled debut album contains six tracks titles and a total of 16 tracks with remixes. The music has an Ambient Dance vibe to it with soulful R&B vocals from several different artists. The music has a champagne feel to it ethereal yet bubbly. A Solid debut from this young artist. RIYD: Washed […]
Here I come/Hope You Can Wait are singles from Izo FitzRoy. The original tracks are Blues based and the remixes have a Disco Dance vibe. I’m not into Blues that much but I can dig the remixes. RIYD: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Kraak and Smaak Tracks: 3,4,7,8
This indie rock band from England is shooting for the Pop Moon with this is upbeat synth heavy entry. Though nothing hugely unique, most of the songs are catchy, dance-able, and clean.
A collection of piano works inspired by childhood, by composers from different eras and world regions.
Dramatic orchestral works with strident elements and lyricism.
Nice contemporary works for flute, other winds, piano and/or cello. Play most!
Bluesy psychedelic rock, heavily inspired by krautrock and Black Sabbath. Energetic and rhythmic, lots of guitar solos. Couple jam tracks such as “King Fisher.” Similar to Cream and Jethro Tull. All songs are clean and decent.
Soft spoken vocals and understated piano and guitar. Pretty lyric driven. Calm and nostalgic. Similar to Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Andrew Bird. All songs are clean and all decent. “I Run Away” was my personal favorite.
Second release from Brooklyn based artist Ali Dineen. Beautiful folk with well crafted harmonies and delicate vocals. Influences range from traditional american and celtic folk music to the singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s to the Beatles. Listen on a sunny Sunday morning. RIYL: Vashti Bunyan, Emmy Lou Harris, Mountain Man, The Beatles. Play: 3,4,6 […]
This is a cool collection of various artists from Iceland. The album as a whole tends towards the electronic side, generally pretty accessible stuff, with some songs being quite poppy and others more avant-garde, even bordering on ambient. Even a bluesy tune in here (#6)! Another song sounds Bjorkish – unsurprising due to their shared […]
Lovely, contemporary works for marimba and saxophone. Play most!
Very abstract works for solo guitar, interesting mix of rhythms. Most pieces under 3 mins. long.
A mix of contemporary abstract works, some abrupt and loud, others quiet, for duos and quartet (flute, harp, strings, piano. Play most!
Religiously inspired works, modern and contemporary. Messaien’s gracious.
Very abstract pieces ranging from droning to staccato, an interesting variable mix of pieces for solo cello (trk 1 very slow start), ensemble, orchestra and piano.