Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Julie Byrne- Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne’s third album combines wonderfully poetic lyrics, with a soulful voice as smooth as silk, and the beautiful sound of a lone guitar. This is mellow album that is easy to get lost in as Byrne’s hypnotic voice takes us through the many labyrinthine hallways of love and loss. RIYL:Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Weyes […]

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Alison Krauss- Windy City

This newest edition to the Folk/Country singers discography is a a great dive into classically country break-up songs. Swinging back and forth from sad and downtrodden, to upbeat, and square-danceable, this artist is always incredibly soulful. Pretty great album all around, highly recommended to anyone who likes country and folk, or is looking to get […]

David Crosby-Lighthouse

A New one from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young founding member, is a soulful reflection on life, love, and the world today. While not terribly upbeat, this album contains all of the classical guitar playing and singing styles that made Crosby famous, combined with some beautiful choral accompaniment. If your a fan, you’ll love it. If […]

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Landlady – The World is a Loud Place

Landlady is the project of Man Man guitarist Adam Schatz. Their third album is a set of quirky and charming psych-pop songs that employ a variety of instruments – guitars, keyboards and a string section. The lyrics have an observational quality to them (which the title hints at), sometimes about fairly mundane topics – in […]

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Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town

Allison Crutchfield is best known as the frontwoman of the band Swearin’ (and sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield). Her solo debut comes on the heels of the breakup of both her band and relationship, and this influenced many of the songs’ lyrics. On this album, synth keyboards are added to the guitar driven sound in […]

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ANTH: Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl

Artists signed to Polyvinyl Records cover some of their labelmates’ most well known songs. It’s an interesting concept considering Polyvinyl includes a wide variety of different artists on their roster, from the 90’s emo of Braid and American Football to Deerhoof and Of Montreal to more electronic based acts like Psychic Twin and Pillar Point. […]

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Jeen – Modern Life

Modern Life is the sophomore album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jeen (also known for her work in the band Cookie Duster with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning). Her 2015 debut Tourist was one of the most unexpectedly enjoyabl albums for me that year. This follow-up album is more of a full band affair, as you can […]

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Sløtface – Empire Records

Empire Records is the 2nd EP from up and coming Norwegian band Sløtface. Energetic rock music with powerful female vocals and catchy melodies, reminds me a little bit of Metric’s first couple of albums. The title track is the most captivating song on the EP, with lyrics inspired by the title film and High Fidelity […]

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Tycho – Epoch

Tycho’s fourth full-length Epoch, released as a surprise digitally back in September, finally sees physical release. A similar sound to Tycho’s last album Awake, signature instrumental blend of electronic music and post-rock. But there’s also a little more variety this time around – “Horizon” has the closest thing Tycho has come to a four-on-the-floor house […]

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Nikki Lane – “Highway Queen”

“Highway Queen” is Nikki Lane’s third album, with the so called ‘First Lady of Outlaw Country’ tossing out an emotional tour-de-force. Strong country influences and some old fashioned rock and roll, the album is reminiscent of the emotions Johnny Cash’s music had. A good listen if you’re fond of country music. Label: New West FCC: #6 Play: #4, […]

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Brandon Can’t Dance – Graveyard of Good Times

lo-fi, pop-rock RIYL: Mitski, Alex G, Man Man, Carseat Headrest, Ariel Pink Play: 1-5, 15 | FCC: 6-14

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Dude York – “Sincerely”

Sincerely, Dude York’s second album, is riff-heavy noise pop filled with cathartic yell-along vocals telling us about the power of friendship in a life riddled with anxiety, isolation, and depression. Label: Hardly Art Play: 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 6 (radio edit available) RIYL: Spoon, Car Seat Headrest, The Velvet Underground, FIDLAR

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Leif Vollebekk – “Twin Solitude”

Leif Vollebekk’s third full-length record, Twin Solitude, is incredibly easy to listen to. NPR said, referring to the first track, “the song grabs you by the heart and pulls you into its hypnotic whirl of melancholia.” This could not be a more perfect description for the entire album. The lyrics are clearly heartfelt, lying on […]

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Maggie Rogers – “Now That The Light Is Fading”

After getting a lot of hype from the industry after Pharrell Williams was brought to tears after hearing the beginning of Alaska (#2), Maggie Rogers delivers in this 5 track album. With a slow start in Color Song (#1), the album develops into solid beats and melancholy lyrics making for a full and refined sound […]

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Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling

The Old 97’s bring you some good ol’ fashioned alt-country music with their eleventh full length album. Some hard riffs on electric guitars accompany some soothing acoustic, making for a great album that defies the conventional country stereotype. (Great if you like rock and are normally averse to popular country music) Label: ATO Records FCC: Clean […]

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elbow – “Little Fictions”

Little Fictions is elbow’s seventh studio album, recorded in Scotland and Manchester, offers a fantastic variety of style from song to song. Little Fiction (#9) is an 8 minute epic that spans a number of genres and experiments in a way that doesn’t feel excessive. With soulful lyrics, layers of sound that range from funky […]

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The Luyas – Human Voicing

Human Voicing is a hypnotic groove recorded with “nothing but the loosest of outline and a few skeletal sketches.” This is an interesting album because of the improv-heavy recording sessions and open-ended approach taken by the six band members, but is surely not a disappointment. While some songs are a jumble images, highlighted by a […]

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Sampha – “Process”

Sampha’s debut studio album, Process, is an emotionally driven R&B record. The album features Sampha’s characteristic gentle and shimmering falsetto vocals which drive the varied, but mostly electric-soul production. The album features a meditative piano ballad, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”, and some upbeat tracks, such as “Under” with its standout sleek trap […]

Portraits of England

English works for clarinet and piano, mostly modern. Play!

Brahms–String Sextets

The Cypress String Quartet chose Brahms for their final recording. Elegant, with Baroque, classical and Romantic elements. Play!

Bohemian Trio–Okonkolo

Really nice mix of classical with jazz, and Afro-Cuban rhythms (piano, cello and sax). Play!

Dana Jessen–Carve

Commissioned works for bassoon and electronics with additional sounds, some quite odd, others more accessible.

Canadian Panorama

Modern Canadian pieces for various wind configurations, varying in style.

Hat Trick–Garden of Joys and Sorrows

Modern and contemporary works for harp, viola, and flute. Play!

sevenfive–The John Corigliano Effect

Gaudete Brass performs pieces inspired by Corigliano, contemporary, varying in style.