Monthly Archives: May 2017
Sylvan Esso- What Now
The eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Sylvan Esso delivers! Amelia Meath’s soft vocal’s weave in and out of the heavy intricate synths that drive throughout the album. With a lot of easily accessible beats, and intricate instrumentation, their is a lot here for fans and newbs alike. RIYL: tune yards, overcoats, future islands Label: Loma […]
Blondie newest album is a great addition to the band’s catalog. Immediately recognizable with pounding drums, those classic rock guitar riffs and signature vocals the band still manage to keep it fresh. Lotta good tracks on here for anyone into rock and roll. My only complaint is that lyrically every song is about love. whether its […]
The debut full-length album from New York based duo Overcoats is a pretty awesome little electro/alt-pop album. The solid drum machine beats, and drony synths underlay the vocal interplay beautifully. The vocals themselves combine elements of soul, gospel, and and folk with these sometimes robotic undertones to make a really absorbing sound. Highly recommended! […]
Uncombed Hair- Annie Humphrey
New to the studio here at WRUV FM Burlington from this Ojibwe artist, Annie Humphrey all original and described as alternative music but has a message within. Great stories are told in this CD like a story about Winona LaDuke. (track called Tipi To A Tesla). We The People, a track that challenges us all, […]
Big Spider’s Back – Beverly Centaur (Hush Hush)
Seattle-based electronic artist Yair Rubinstein AKA Big Spider’s Back returns with this 9 track analog playground available as a cassette tape only release. Get lost on a highway with tech-house bangers like “Light Sleeper,” “Outbound,” and “Dream Sequencer.” Or find solace on a long walk with wavey instrumentals like “Ativan” or “Sunset Programming. Where ever you might going, Beverly Centaur will get […]
Ki:Theory – Silence (Kringer Records)
Virginia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist Joel Burleson aka KI:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) blends alternative rock and glitchy electronica on this blazzey blah of a record. It’s all those tired EDM sounds juxtaposed with Indie Rock angst and exasperated vocals. Pure instrumental tracks such as “Used to Like” and “Goner” make the album almost worth keeping, but those are few and far […]
The Mountain Goats – “Goths” [Merge]
The Mountain Goats are now sixteen albums deep, and yet still find a way to keep things fresh. This time around, the theme is – as the title implies – dark, gritty and gothic. And while some songs follow this idea more than others, the collective feeling is one similar to the art depicted on […]
Carl Craig – Versus (InFiné)
Carl Craig is known for Techno. So what is this? A collaboration between the Detroit iconoclast and a French Orchestra– a fabulous album that takes his music out of the club and into the concert hall. Beautifully minimal and progressive, tracks like “The Melody”, “Domina” and “Technology” are about as close to pure bliss you […]
Perfume Genius – “No Shape” [Matador]
How does one begin to describe an album, which is unlike anything they have ever heard before? Well the first step would be to admit said fact. Check. The second is to try to try your best anyway. Imagine you are listening to an insane attempt at making an all encompassing art pop project, but […]
Kasai Allstars – Félicité Remixes (Crammed Discs)
Remix albums are easy to ignore, so let’s start at the beginning. Félicité is an award-winning film centered around the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The backing band for the lead character in this movie are the Kasai Allstars, a well known act from the region known for mixing traditional sounds […]
UNI IKA AI-“Keeping A Golden Bullseye In the Corner of My Mind” [Zen Squid Records]
UNI IKA AI has a great female lead singer with a very interesting sound. This slightly electronic, psychedelic rock band has a wide range of songs on this album. I really enjoyed the soft vocals with the instrumental work combined with the sound mixing. Recommended songs (FCC clean): #1 In This Life, #5 Make You […]
Christopher Paul Stelling-“Itinerant Arias” [ANTI]
Christopher Paul Stelling’s “Itinerant Arias” has a nice folky, acoustic, instrumental, sound to it. Great finger-picking guitar work. He has a very powerful voice with a strong southern soulful sound. He kind of reminds me of an American sounding Mumford and Sons solo artists. Perfect album for anyone looking for a kind of modern country album to […]
Hajk-“Hajk” [Distiller Pomo]
Very nice sounding indie/pop music from Hajk. This Norwegian band has a very subtle indie and psychedelic rock feel to them. The female lead vocals remind me a lot of Feist or Maggie Rogers, very light and airy, the male vocals are very smooth, good range. I really enjoyed this album and recommend it for […]
An interesting mix of avant works with some jazz elements–vibes, piano, clarinet, harp, etc. in mixed configurations. Play!
Aye Nako-“Silver Haze” [Don Giovanni Records]
This Brooklyn-based ‘queer-punk’ band had a very garage band sound to them with some good instrumental work. Personally, I was underwhelmed with the vocals. I found the leads to be particularly flat and not very intriguing. The grunge guitar work and drums on the other hand were very well done. Very punky, a little raw. […]
Contemporary string quartets, by Mazzoli, Lang, Greenstein and others. Play!
The Edge of Time–Paleolithic Bone Flutes
Reconstructed paleo bone flutes performing modern pieces–eerie with percussion. Play!
From Baroque, jazz, rock, varying string quartets.
From My Beloved Country
Contemporary piano pieces from S. African composers. Play!