Monthly Archives: March 2020

Dirt Woman- The Glass Cliff

Dirt Woman– The Grass Cliff Release date: 2020Mar13 Label: Grimoire Records Rating: 5/5 Dirt Woman hail from Ocean City, Maryland, forming in 2017. Lady of the Dunes greets the ears with an intoxicating haze of thundering drums. Creator drips with a sinister drone. Sleep and Electric Wizard come to mind due to the commanding influence […]

Cubicolor – Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night [Anjunadeep]

Cubicolor is a three-piece band and self-described “haunting fusion of ideas.” Time is what inspired this record, and at just under an hour in length, it “weaves together themes of loss, hope, and acceptance” according to a recent presser. Soft vocals overlay complex, layered electronics with punchy bass lines that forms an all-around solid electro […]

Tycho – Simulcast [Ninja Tune]

Tuck yourself away safe and sound with the instrumental reworkings of 2019’s Weather by Tycho. This enjoyable companion album for 2020 goes great with a warm cup of tea. It works for dedicated listening, or as background music. There is nothing to complain about, really. No shift in moods. Everything is well here. Namaste. Release […]

Horatio Radulescu–The Complete Cello Works

Finding connections with music/math and other arts, sound units/vibrations for cello and piano.

The Art of Carol Lieberman Vol. 2–Modern Violin

A collection of widely varying composers, all violin with accompaniment. Nice!

Vicente Asencio– Complete Guitar Music

Lovely, modern works for solo guitar, nice tonal shifts.

Stanley Grill–and I paint the stars with wings…

Lovely, contemporary orchestral works featuring different instruments, some with voice.

Fred Lerdahl–Vol. 6

Really interesting contemporary works for orchestra, some Baroque/Classical elements

Howard Skempton–Preludes and Fugues

Gracious, modern, very short pieces (58!) for solo piano.

Tales from Malaysia–Between Two Worlds

Lovely transcriptions or works for guitar by Malaysian composers or inspired by the music. Gentle, lyrical. Play!

Mark John McEncroe–Musical Images for Chamber Orchestra

Contemporary, mostly short orchestral works, lyrical but not cutesy. Play!

Duality: Works for Tenor Saxophone and Piano

Contemporary and modern works–nice!

Chinary Ung Volume 4–Space Between Heaven and Earth

Cambodian composer seeks to alleviate suffering with his music which he describes as “futuristic folk music”, combining Asian and western elemets. Sample

Poolside – Low Season [Pacific Standard Records]

The eagerly awaited 3rd album from Los Angeles group Poolside is a welcome trip to the tropics; so warm and wonderful! Collaborations with Ben Browning (Cut Copy) and several members of the Poolside live band deepens the disco vibe on this release. Blissful from start to finish, Low Season is sure to expand someone’s ‘loved […]

Vatican Shadow – Opium Crop Airstrikes EP [Hospital]

Modern geopolitics and an artist known as “Muslimgauze” lend influence to the bizarre Opium Crop Airstrikes EP by American experimentalist Vatican Shadow– also known as Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and further known as Prurient. Each of the three tracks is long form, industrial dub-like atmospheric music the artist has described as “Jordanian Descent”. Very unusual. RIYL: […]

Bambara – Stray

Release date: February 14, 2020 Label: Wharf Cat Records Another weird band from Athens, GA – Bambara hangs out in the dark, cold alleys of rock-n-roll. They stalk and prowl like Nick Cave and constantly threaten danger and violence. Even the song titles reflect their commitment to the “dark side.” Miracle is slow and skulking and hits you with […]

Maudiir – Le Temps Peste

Release date: February 2, 2020 Label: Self-Released Maudiir is a one-man black/thrash metal project that has emerged from the underbelly of Montreal. The opening track, Product, is intense and dark. From the album emerge influences drawn from 80s thrash, black metal, and punk. Abuse the Used is hauntingly dark, corrosive, and galloping. It seems that Maudiir is an outlet for […]

COIN – Dreamland [AWAL]

From promoter: “Alt-pop trio COIN releases their new album Dreamland today! The project brings to life COIN‘s most sonically adventurous yet emotionally direct songs to date, but also hold a memory map of all the places the globe-trotting band has travelled in the making of this album.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 FCC: Clean […]

Christine and the Queens – La Vita Nuova [Because/Capitol]

From promoter: “Christine and the Queens has created an electrifying and passionate new project called La vita nuova. The French singer-songwriter, Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier, engages with the themes of strength and extreme vulnerability in the new release while adapting to a new life of fame.” Label: Because/Capitol Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: 3 RIYL: Shura, MUNA, Caroline Polachek

Caribou – Suddenly [Merge Records]

From promoter: “Suddenly is the most surprising and unpredictable Caribou album to date. Though it retains the trademark Caribou warmth and technicolor, this album is littered with swerves and left turns. Songs drop out and morph into something else entirely just as they’re hitting their stride, samples chopped up beyond all recognition burst out of nowhere.” […]

Real Estate – The Main Thing [Domino]

From promoter: “Coming three years after their last project, Real Estate dives even further into their hook laden indie rock on The Main Thing. The New Jersey band’s bright guitar lines are set against emotionally nuanced lyrics and complex arrangements. What emerges is a superb collection of interrogative songs chock full of depth, charming quirks, […]

Boy Romeo – Pure Soul [Self-Released]

From promoter: As Boy Romeo, John Steiner makes power pop as joyful as it is ruthlessly efficient. The Chicago-via-Sacramento singer-songwriter’s music has the sweetness of something you might hear in a Broadway musical while erring towards the economy of what you might hear on A Hard Day’s Night Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 9 FCC: Clean […]

Franc Moody – Dream In Colour [Juicebox]

From promoter: “Franc Moody‘s sound is contemporary funk, awash with electronic inspiration, human touches, and throbbing grooves and via the tight-knit warehouse rave scene of London to where they are today, Franc Moody has been releasing music since 2016.” Label: Juicebox Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hot Chip, Francis & The Lights, Chromeo

Blanks – Blanks EP [Self-Released]

From promoter: Gooey, dreamy indie pop! Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Dayglow, COIN, Skylar Spence

Soccer Mommy – Color Theory [Loma Vista]

From promoter: The second album from singer-songwriter Sophie Allison is piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker. Label: Loma Vista Start w/ 2, 6, 8 FCC: Clean (edits available on Subsonic) RIYL: Snail Mail, Tomberlin, Mitski, Jay Som