Monthly Archives: November 2019

Lula Wiles – It’s Cool [Smithsonian Folkways]

From promoter: “Lula Wiles reminds me of Esther Rose in the sense that they are both artists who clearly appreciate folk tradition, but bring contemporary themes to their songwriting; “It’s Cool” explores the complexitites of dating in the digital age, and “You Only Want Me When You Need Me” gets into conditional love and ambivalent […]

Square Peg Round Hole -Branches [National Sawdust Tracks]

From promoter: “The band explores post-rock and ambient ideas on their new record Branches through vibraphone, live drums, synths, and sampling!” Label: National Sawdust Tracks Start w/ 2, 3, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: El Ten Eleven, The Album Leaf, Tortoise

Me Not You – Already Gone [Self-Released]

From promoter: “A crunchy, high-powered pop-rock track with late-’90s overtones. A powerhouse track in the tradition of Garbage and Republica, it makes a great impression for its creators, the NYC duo Me Not You.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, MUNA

Panda Bear – a day with my homies [Domino]

From promoter: “Noah Lennox of Animal Collective, also known as Panda Bear, is taking a new approach on his sixth studio EP, a day with the homies. Unlike his previous releases, a day with the homies sees Lennox experimenting with different electronic songwriting tropes to put together a dynamic and diverse tracklist.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, […]

Margaux – More Brilliant is the Hand that Throws the Coin [Massif]

From promoter: “Margaux Bouchegnies is a singer/songwriter from Seattle, currently based in Brooklyn. Influenced by folk-rock of the 70s, Joni Mitchell, David Byrne, and Lyle Brewer, her guitar-driven songwriting balances lush arrangements and poignant, soft-spoken lyrics.” Label: Massif Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Marika Hackman

Fran – A Private Picture [Fire Talk]

From promoter: “Vocalist Maria Jacobson sings with a charming lilt that reminds me of Aldous Harding and Weyes Blood, which she often pairs with tender and meandering instrumentation, but there’s also some shredding guitar on here that reminds me of Jen Cloher!” Label: Fire Talk Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood, Julia […]

Kae Astra – Fortune [Modern Outsider]

From promoter: “Kae Astra is an Armenian-American music artist currently based in Austin, TX. 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape intertwine in her debut EP Fortune.” Label: Modern Outsider Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beach House, Kate Bush, Lykke Li

Charly Bliss – Supermoon [Barsuk Records]

From promoter: “When listening to Supermoon, fans of the band can follow the path from Guppy, a brash punk album made by a group of scrappy upstarts, to the new sense of depth, maturity and pop sensibility found on Young Enough.” Label: Barsuk Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Ian Sweet, Diet Cig, Now Now

Allen Stone – Building Balance [ATO Records]

From promoter: “Allen Stone draws upon 70s funk and soul of Stevie Wonder and the modern production of aMark Ronson. Melodic, nostalgic, but intimately present.” Label: ATO Records Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 13 FCC: 5 RIYL: Lake Street Dive, Leon Bridges, St Paul & The Broken Bones

FKA Twigs – MAGDALENE [Young Turks]

From promoter: “The avant-R&B artist is an eccentric visionary on her masterful second album… she goes next level, making music that resists being pinned down by genre.” Label: Young Turks Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9 FCC: 7, 8 RIYL: Moses Sumney, Kelela, Grimes

VÉRITÉ – New Skin // AWAL

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Vérité is crafting catchy and ambient tracks on her new record New Skin. Written while traveling between Nashille, New York, and Los Angeles; her lyrics focus on the blandness of everyday romance in contrast to the normally cinematic depiction of love in other songs. She utilizes her smooth vocal style to […]

JESCA HOOP – STONECHILD // Memphis Industries

From promoter: “While Hoop‘s trademark finger-plucked guitar and ethereal textures remain, the songs and their presentation are ever more direct. “He – Parish – was a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings” Hoop jests. “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and I wasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of […]

TOTH – Juliette [Single] // Northern Spy

From promoter: “Brooklyn artist Tōth’s new single “Juliette” is a nostalgia dripping lament to a lost love. Getting his start with the band Rubblebucket and putting out his debut LP earlier this year, Alex Toth is a songwriter who is constantly creating and it is . “Juliette” implements low-fi acoustic guitar and Beach Boys-esque melodic […]

THE DISTRICTS – HEY JO [Single] // Fat Possum

From promoter: “It’s been two years since The Districts released Popular Manipulations, and their new single “Hey Jo” is the first single from the upcoming album You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere. The founding members – vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence – have known each other since attending grade school together […]

The Etudes Project–Vol. 1 Iceberg

Varying interesting mix of piano studies and mostly contemporary/modern, intense to lyrical. Play!

David Dzubay–all water has a perfect memory

Abstract works ranging from intense or lyrical for a variety of instruments.

come closer

Works for bassoon, long, varying in tempo, nice!

Ori Barel–Centrifugal Force for Player Piano

Rhythmically varying works, mostly intense and fast. Sample.

Byron O’Keefe– Works for Piano

With the sound of Chopin and other 19th cent. composers, these pieces all were composed between 2009 and 2019. Play!

Daniel Lentz–Ending(s)

Slowly building, quiet string orchestra–2 long works, second with voice, sample!

Donald Reid Womack–Intertwined

Combining Asian and Western strings–eerie, tense, very interesting works. Sample.

Matt Sargent–Separation Songs

Based on hymns of William Billings (1770), Baroque yet contemporary string quartets with over dub.. Sample!

Friedrich Jaecker–paradis

A variety of works for piano, some with voice, glasses–minimalist, abstract, lots of silences.

Hommage to Women Composers

A collection of works from Romantic to contemporary by women composers, varying in rhythms and styles. Play!

Perspectives

Works for violin and piano by women composers, nice mix of varying works, some with Asian elements, Romantic, etc.