Monthly Archives: December 2021

Heino Eller–Complete Piano Music Vol. 7

Gracious piano pieces from 1912 through the 60’s. Play!

Lowell Liebermann–Frankenstein

Intense ballet music recorded live, performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

Gorecki, Messiaen, Schnyder

Works for various wind instruments (sax, flute, clarinet) and piano-modern. Play!

Bagatelles

Very short, varied solo piano pieces, simply a composer’s own expression.

Heitor Villa-Lobos–String Trio

For a variety of instruments, nice modern works. Play!

Max Bruch–Chamber Music

Classical/Romantic string trios,some with piano. Play!

Goffredo Petrassi–Monologhi

Works for solo guitar, or piano, or harp and others, lyrical but also abstract and abrupt.

Paul Salerni–People, Places, Pets

Art songs for mezzo-soprano & guitar.

Ferenc Snetburger–Hallgató

For guitar & strings, a collection of pieces by Snetberger, Barber, Shostakovich and Dowland. Nice!

Song Cycle–Seasons

With compositions by Cong Liu and poetry by Yajuan Li, sung in soprano voice.

Piano Fantasies

Baroque onward solo piano works of “fantasies”or less structured compositions. Elegant!

Astor Piazzolla–Histoire du Tango

For flute & guitar, transcriptions of Piazzolla’s well-know works.

Nalan – I’m Good. The Crying Tape [Mansions and Millions]

Funky indie R&B from a German musician. RIYL: Abra, Tirzah, Erika De Casier, Sevdaliza or Smerz FCC: Clean

Hush Club – Fingerprints & Stains [Full Send]

Boston’s Hush Club are pioneers of Milky Way music––their new album, Fingerprints & Stains, has a lush sonic majesty as vast as the galaxy and a melodic beauty as sweet as the candy bar.  The album’s meticulously crafted tracks take you on a sensory journey far from home as only potent music can, spiraling past stars […]

DJ Harrison – Tales from the Old Dominion [Stones Throw]

Tales from the Old Dominion draws together many styles Harrison has long worked in, both as a prolific solo musician and as a collaborator with artists as varied as Steve Arrington, Joyce Wrice, Kurt Elling and Jack White. For fans of Hazymoods who know Harrison as a beatmaker with immaculate vibes, Tales from the Old […]

Curtis Harding – If Words Were Flowers [Anti]

Bluesy yet polished with a really interesting experimental bent. Doesn’t ever get too flashy which I dig. RIYL: Lady Wray, Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges FCC: #2

Bobby T Lewis – Sweet Summer Spirit [S/R]

Sung in a haunting falsetto, all reverbed out, something that’d make Bon Iver blush. Definitely more folk rock though and less textural. RIYL: Bon Iver, Stephen Steinbrink FCC: Clean

Macie Stewart – Mouth Full of Glass [Ordinal]

Mouth Full of Glass is the debut album by Chicago-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Macie Stewart. Written and recorded while finding solace and strength in solitude, Mouth Full of Glass features eight lushly arranged songs that search for the meaning of self within and without partnership. The record explores loneliness as well as the growth and beauty that […]

Cassandra Jenkins – An Overview on Phenomenal Nature [Ba Da Bing!]

As 2021 comes to a close, Cassandra Jenkins revisits the flowing textures of An Overview on Phenomenal Nature and refrains with (An Overview on) An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, a collection of previously unreleased songs (“American Spirits”), initial run-throughs, demos, and sound recordings from the cutting room floor that provided the scaffolding for what became one of this […]

Polo & Pan/Cyclorama/Hamburger Records

Deeeelicious French pop, disco, electronic album. Recommended Tracks: 2,4,5,15

Lionel Boy/Lionel Boy/Innovative Leisure

Gentle voice, dreamy sweet energy. Reminds me of still woozy, hether, etc. Recommend tracks: 2, 11, 7

Okay Kaya/The Incompatible Okay Kaya/Jagjaguwar

Smooth and dreamy! Recommended Tracks: 1,3,9

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Illusory Walls

Release Date: October 8, 2021 Label: Epitaph Illusory Walls is by far the most technically proficient and hardest hitting music released by the band. You can hear cynicism grown from the dystopian period that we’re all navigating. Queen Sophie For President opens up on a bass line that seems inspired by The Cure. This song […]

Quicksand – Distant Populations

Release Date: September 24, 2021 Label: Epitaph Quicksand, continues their post-hardcore renaissance. After lying dormant for 22 years, this is the second Quicksand record in 4 years. Distant Populations has a punchier, more up-tempo sound, with 11 concise songs that are sonic jewels. The band doesn’t waste a single note. Its gripping lyricism and raw […]

THE ZAMBONIS – LIVE ON THE ICE (SERIOUSLY) [SELF-RELEASED]

What a fabulous day for novelty hockey records! And I say that solely because my beloved San Jose Sharks beat New Jersey last night, so all is well in the world. Also, there’s a new Zambonis record. So all is… okay in that world. I know! I really wanted it to be awesome too. But […]