Author Archives: wruv901

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 […]

They Might Be Giants – Book [Idlewild]

Back again doing what they do best. If you’re a fan of their earlier stuff, you’ll enjoy this. RIYL: The Mountain Goats, OK Go, Ben Folds,The Magnetic Fields, of Montreal, The Violent FemmesFCC: CleanFocus: #7,3,10,12

Louie Short – Omw 4ev [S/R]

Joins the vaguely folky, vaguely rock and roll group of folks like Tobias Jesso Jr. and Harry Nilsson. Feels a bit shambolic and naive in the best possible way. RIYL: Andy Shauf, Graham Parsons, Buck Meek FCC: 4

The Dodos – Grizzly Peak [Polyvinyl]

10 anthemic, gorgeously-rendered tracks from the 15+ year strong duo!!! RIYL: Animal Collective & Dirty Projectors FCC: 3

La Luz – La Luz [Hardly Art]

Fuzzed out, a little bit of pysch, and kind of funky in a way! RIYL: Habibi, Female Species, Chastity Belt FCC: Clean

DJ Harrison – “Cosmos (Single)”[Stones Throw]

“Cosmos” is the third and final single from DJ Harrison’s forthcoming album Tales From the Old Dominion. This stripped down, Roots-inspired, hip-hop track featuring Pink Siifu transmits a high-flying feeling. DJ Harrison produced tracks on Pink Siifu’s recent album GUMBO! and they wrote “Cosmos” together around this time. The song’s lyrics speak to “the feeling […]

Dakota Theim – Tangled Heart [S/R]

Dakota Theim started taking piano lessons at age 7, before later teaching himself guitar after a stretch of enjoying the popular video game Guitar Hero. With piano and guitar in the bag, Theim went on to teach himself bass and drums. Theim played and recorded everything on early demos for Tangled Heart himself before sharing […]

Claire Cronin – Bloodless [Ordinal]

Like its musical predecessor, Big Dread Moon (2019), the arrangements on Bloodless’ nine songs are stripped and sparse, Cronin’s steady electric guitar and spectral voice holding center as strings and synthesizers provide wisps of eerie atmosphere. The sound of Bloodless is both more visceral and more subliminal than Big Dread Moon, due in equal part […]

Destroy Boys – Open Mouth, Open Heart [Hopeless]

Destroy Boys have made waves from the California shoreline to the UK, sharing stages with up and coming bands like Mannequin Pu*sy as well as punk stalwarts such as Face To Face and Lagwagon. They’ve also racked up over 40 million streams, with the numbers ticking upward every day without fail. And their visceral, personal tales of scene bullies, elitist cliques, […]

Lizzie and the Makers – Dear Onda Wahl [Self-Released]

Something you’d hear playing in a car commercial but with far more substance. RIYL: Black Keys, Dixie Chicks FCC: clean

The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Talk [Self-Released]

Solid alternative rock with a folk tinge. RIYL: Magic Man, Pacific Air, Run River North FCC: clean

Nation of Language – A Way Forward [Play it Again Sam]

A nice electronic/fuzzed out blend. RIYL: Small Black, Cold Cave, The Soft Moon, White Lies, Porridge Radio, John Maus, Future Islands, CHVRCHES, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, The NationalFCC: #4 Focus: #3, 4, 7, 9

Snail mail – Valentine [Matador]

Cool indie stuff that is typical of their earlier work. RIYL: Japanese breakfast FCC: 1,2,10

Amon Tobin – How Do You Live [NOMARK]

Amon Tobin was born in Brazil, but spent his formative years in the UK. He came up through the breakdancing and hip-hop scenes in the 1980s, and the jungle and drum and bass scenes of the 1990s, before establishing a sound and a style that was singularly his own. The depth and scope of Amon […]

TOTH – You and Me and Everything [Northern Spy]

The 2nd solo album of Alex Toth of Rubblebucket finds him turning to Buddhism as refuge. The sense of calm it brings him sounds like an infinite indie rock landscape, stretching from bossa nova guitar riffs to cushioned horn swells & earnest piano runs, each one bleeding into the other naturally while maintaining an overarching […]

mitamu – sunflower in the east [Self-Released]

Absurdly hip record from vocalist Tammy Hyunh that tells her story of being Asian in American. RIYL: Jeanne Lee, Moonchild

Jamael Dean – Primordial Waters [Stones Throw]

A beautiful piece of music inspired by the likes of all “jazz”‘s celestial fore folks. RIYL: Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders FCC: Clean

Abby Sage – Fear of Yours & Mine [Nettwerk]

LA-via-Toronto singer/songwriter Abby Sage shares her EP Fears of Yours & Mine. The 6-track collection is a weighty emotional journey inspired by the trajectory of a relationship from start to finish. Here, Abby plainly expresses her feelings and anxious state of mind, an inward exploration that ultimately leads to self-love and discovery. Created with the help of producer Jeff […]

Naytronix – Other Possibilities [OAR]

In July 2020, Nate Brenner — one half of Tune-Yards and known for scoring films like Sorry to Bother You — had a serious running accident, and returned home with a broken collar bone. Other Possibilities, his fourth album under the name Naytronix, was born during the recovery process from the injury. The songs have a funky, psych […]