Monthly Archives: July 2019

20th Century Harpsichord Concertos

I am not normally of fan of the harpsichord, but these are excellent, interesting works, especially Rorem’s. Play!

Torche – Admission

Release date: July 12, 2019 Label: Relapse Records I think for many people Torche is one of those bands they’re  aware of without knowing much of their material. Admission may be the album that changes that for a lot of people. The band has long been reluctant to call themselves metal but they certainly play enough slow and sludgy […]

Thom Yorke – Anima [XL]

From promoter: “The third solo album from Thom Yorke is the first one that feels complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue.” Label: XL Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 8 FCC: 4, 6 RIYL: Radiohead, Panda Bear, Caribou, Bjork

Yoke Lore – Meditations [Yellhouse Records]

Yoke Lore combines folk and pop to create this beautifully crafted EP. It is full of layered harmonies, lingering synths, and echoing electronic effects. Label: Yellhouse Records Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Mt Joy, Sure Sure, courtship., Coast Modern

Hibou – Halve [Barsuk]

From promoter: “Amidst an atmosphere of melancholia, Peter Michel has thrown himself into a lifetime’s worth of writing, recording and touring belied by his young age. At just 17, the Seattle-based musician toured extensively with dream pop outfit Craft Spells, and most recently met critical acclaim with his personal project, Hibou.” Label: Barsuk Start w/ 2, […]

Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort [PIAS]

From promoter: “Pioneering ’90s college-rock heroes Violent Femmes have unveiled the latest cut from their forthcoming album Hotel Last Resort, a catchy, pop-resentful track titled Another Chorus.” Label: PIAS Start w/ 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Pixies, Of Montreal, The Front Bottoms

Leisure – Twister [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “LEISURE is a non-traditional band of the new age. Their inspirations are widespread – they range from psychedelic rock, funk… and early 2000s trippy dance.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 FCC: 5 RIYL: Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Toro y Moi, Jungle

Sunny War – Shell of a Girl [Hen House Studios]

From promoter: “Sunny War’s songs evoke a wondrous, breathless beauty and are filled with hypnotic, acoustic calm. Her songs are exemplified by her tender voice, her unique style of guitar playing and her ability to touch the listener’s heart with her lyrics.” Label: Hen House Studios Start w/ 1, 3 FCC: Clean RIYL: Erykah Badu, Cat […]

LISS – Second [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Taking inspiration from the timeless pop melodies of Stevie Wonder and Prince, Denmark’s LISS have rapidly ascended Aarhus’ thriving music scene with their brand of smooth and hook-laden alternative R&B.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 5, 6 FCC: 1, 4 RIYL: MorMor, Lust For Youth, Miya Folick

Ariana and the Rose – Constellations Phase 1 [Pookiebird]

From promoter: “An artist who embraces an audio-visual approach to creativity, Ariana and the Rose writes, sings and performs a coming of age story.” Label: Pookiebird Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: 1 RIYL: Charli XCX, MUNA, Robyn, St Vincent

Rainer Veil – Vanity [Modern Love]

This duo’s debut album is quite possibly the most interesting electronic music you’ll here all month. Again, it’s difficult to categorize what it sounds like, exactly. Lonely fragments of dub and bass music intersect with charred remains of trance. A worthy experiment and a must listen for those glued to the genre. Release Date: 5/9/2019 […]

Rat Fancy – Stay Cool [Happy Happy Birthday to Me]

Rat Fancy’s Stay Cool is a nice set of power pop songs that could accompany a nice summer day. There is a great balance between jangle pop acoustics and punky distorted angst. Label:Happy Happy Birthday To Me Start w/2, 3, 5, 6 FCC:Clean RILY:The BV’s, The Catenary Wires, Smokescreens, Flying Fish Cove, Red Sleeping Beauty

Kirin J Callinan – Return to Center [Terrible Records]

Kirin J Callinan sets the entire tone for this album with an opening track that has a powerful brass section. He experiments to create a thoroughly enjoyable art pop album. He gives a consistently powerful vocal performance throughout. Label:Terrible Records Start w/3, 4, 7, 8, 9 FCC:5 RILY:Donny Benet, Alex Cameron, Xiu Xiu, Jack Ladder, […]

Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club [Secretly Canadian]

Faye Webster combines country with bedroom indie pop to create a sweet album. It is a soulful experience that you find yourself falling into a deep relaxation with. Her soft vocals are able to paint a story with her emotional lyrics. Label:Secretly Canadian Start w/2, 3, 5 FCC:9 RILY:Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, Hand Habits, Big […]

Mal Blum – Pity Boy [Don Giovanni]

Mal Blum brings in garage rock and indie pop influences to make a punchy and fun pop punk album. There is some excellent instrumentation going on here. Label:Don Giovanni Start w/2, 3, 8, 11 FCC:4, 6, 10 RILY:Nana Grizol, Paul Baribeau, Human Kitten, Apes of the State, Ghost Mice, Crywank

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock [Nonesuch]

The Black Keys offer a collection of twelve entertaining garage rock tracks. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing bad either. Label:Nonesuch Start w/3, 4, 6, 9 FCC:Clean RILY:The White Stripes, Cage The Elephant, Wolfmother, Eagles Of Death Metal

David Haney–Birth of a City

Meandering mix of avant, jazz, trombone blurts, strings and improvisations for quartets.

Rob Keeley–Chamber Music

Fun works for a variety of duos, trios, instruments, all contemporary.

Henryk Gorecki–Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”

As the title infers, sad, beautiful orchestra works for soprano. Sample!

Joseph Fennimore–Music for Four Hands

Modern waltzes, varying rhythmically, composed over 40 yrs.

Evolutionary Spirits

The Crossing performs these ethereal, slow pieces with piano accompaniment.

Futurism and Early Italian Avant-Garde

From early 20th century solo piano–variable Italian works, Malpiero’s nice!

Rand Steiger–Coalescence Cycle Vol. 1 soloists and electronics

Evocative works for solo or duos–note titles for inferring music. Play!

Elliott Miles McKinley–Three Scenes

Varying works for brass or sax quartets or mixed. “Four Grooves” excellent!

Salvador Brotons–The Complete Works for Flute Vol. 3

Modern and contemporary works for solo, duos and mixed sextet. Play!