Monthly Archives: November 2018

Shreya Pretty – Encore [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Shreya Pretty is a Minneapolis/Chicago based indie R&B songwriter. This is her second, self-released album.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 4 RIYL: Janelle Monet, BANKS   Advertisements

Alexandra Streliski–Inscape

Ambient, highly lyrical, delicate works for solo piano. Play!

Clusters–American Piano Explorations

Very short, highly abstract solo piano pieces, some very lyrical, others robust and strong,

Coheed and Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures

I spent large chunks of my high school career listening to Coheed and Cambria so I was excited to hear that my generation’s Rush has released a new album accompanied by an 80-page graphic novel. This 79-minute epic is full of progressive ballad-y tracks that are vintage Coheed and Cambria. Each song is catchy and will have you singing along […]

Georgia Anne Wuldrow – Overload [Brainfeeder]

Pitchfork: “The restless avant-garde soul singer is still reinventing rhythm and blues for the future, now more than ever on the most pop-focused album of her prolific career.” Label: Brainfeeder Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 FCC: 2 RIYL: The Internet, Nao, Jamila Woods

Stuart Saunders Smith–New England

Abstract, abruptly changing, yet lovely vibraphone pieces. Play!

Brass Roots

Nice mix of pieces from robust to lyrical (w/ harp)– play!

Ty Segall – Fudge Sandwich [In the Red]

From promoter: “For fun, he recorded a covers album of songs he loves. This includes songs by Amon Duul II, John Lennon, Sparks, War, Funkadelic, Rudimentary Peni, Grateful Dead, Spence Davis Group, and more.” Label: In the Red Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5, 11 FCC: 9 RIYL: Oh Sees, White Fence, King Kizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Ian Sweet – Crush Crusher [Hardly Art]

From promoter: “After exploring her own issues with self-image, self-respect/worth, and the responsibility she has felt to others, IAN SWEET wound up with an unconventional assortment of songs featuring disparate elements of psych- rock, trip-hop, and shoegaze that together forged a sound uniquely her own.” Label: Hardly Art Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 9 RIYL: […]

Sunscreen – Just A Drop [Self-Released]

This Sydney based indie rock band’s debut EP, Just A Drop, features interesting vocals, beach esque guitar parts, and strong percussion. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Japanese Breakfast, Hinds

Isla Invisible – EP1 [Velvet Blue Music]

From promoter: “Isla Invisible is a NYC trio that creates a melodic, dark, and lush atmosphere in their experimental approach to music. Rebecca Adorno, Julian bray, and Ryan Correira are longtime friends and collaborators motivated creatively as islanders to compose unique soundscapes.” Label: Velvet Blue Music Start w/ 1, 2, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: The xx, Slowdive, Lykke […]

Fusilier – DUTY/YTUDES [Brassland]

From promoter: “Attending college in Boston, he joined a popular local alt-rock band called RIBS who were locally famous. Now based in Brooklyn, the Fusilier project has been making waves – signing to the National’s record label Brassland and releasing a series of singles & videos to great critical acclaim.” Label: Brassland Start w/ 1, 2, 3, […]

Emma Louise – Lilac Everything [AWAL]

Emma Louise is an alt-pop Australian singer-songwriter who uses pitched down vocals to find new folds in traditional pop songwriting. Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Jim James, Damien Jurado

Boyo – Dance Alone [Danger Collective Records]

From promoter: “Although the record dwells on the themes of isolation, addiction, and regret, Tilden is enthusiastic about what it got him through, and excited to see where it takes him. Dance Alone is about polarity in life; when everything hits the fan, sometimes you just want to dance alone. It’s an album where heaviness and […]

Boygenius – Boygenius [Matador]

From promoter: “Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed boy genius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that.” Label: Matador Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy

Stanley Grill–Rustling Flights of Wings

Songs from various poets works with lovely piano and violin accompaniment.

Chen Yi–Concertos for String Instruments

Varying pieces for Western and or/ Eastern instruments. Some keening tones, but nice mix of instruments and rhythms. Play!

Concertante–Modern Works for Guitar

Contemporary classical guitar with Latin elements by Campbell Ross or Ariel and Gerardo Dirie. Play!

Kutavicius, Balakauskas and Martinaitis

Lithuanian composers’ works for chamber orchestra. Note: trk 1 was included twice from the download files, without  track 2. Works range from traditional to quite classical though these are modern composers.

4 Woods + 1 Sax Play Rameau and Ravel

Transcriptions of classical and modern pieces for winds and sax. Nice modernization!

Waking the Sparrows

Duo of soprano and guitar, varying styles and composers. Musical accompaniment lovely.

David Lang–Mystery Sonatas

Abstract, solo violin pieces, mostly slow and gracious. Play!

Paul Lansky–The Long and Short of It

Wonderful pieces for winds, or guitars or horn. Play all!

Vincent Persichetti–Piano Music

Modern solo piano pieces, staccato or flowing, mostly short. Nice!

Kamyar Mohajer–Pictures of the Hidden

Contemporary chamber works, some with voice and Eastern elements. Play!