Another beautiful electronic dance record from Will Phillips, his second full length release and follow up to the 2016 debut album U. It alternates between spacey, ethereal sounds and more dance-able, upbeat techno. There is love in this one. Release Date: 2/15/2019 Play: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Maribou State, Kasbo
Weaving in and out of concrete, direct, indie-rock songwriting and meditative, impressionistic dream pop, Girlpool’s third album features their most expansive and surreal songs to date. One of the members, Tucker, recently transitioned so the addition of a tenor voice adds a lot of texture to the record. Play! Label: Girlpool Music under Anti Start […]
A 30 yr old composer has made pieces for his 50 yr old self with his viola–a soundscape constantly changing, with hidden message in Morse Code! Curious, witty, abstract. Play!
His name is Jesus Velasquez, and here is his latest project for your consideration: an interesting combination of hip hop beats infused with bits of lo fi & jazz. The production here is well polished, which is no surprise considering that Velasquez has been producing musical content at least semi professionally for many years. Don’t […]
What’s up Burlington. What’s up. Sup. While the origins of Suplington remain unknown, this is a fantastic start-to-finish ambient album from the British composer. Total peace. “A curious glance beyond the veil of waking life into what epilogues we might encounter, a siren’s song calling to the horizon of our inevitability.” Release Date: 3/15/2019 Play: […]
Mr. D’Haene describes his musical composition technique as “paradoxophony”–“elements from all kinds of backgrounds that can work together in a mutually reinforcing way.” This CD combines western instruments with the Japanese gagaku orchestra and has lots of droning–very abstract
Robust symphonic works about life changing and repeating (possibly in futility), recorded live. Short works for symphonies. Play!
Also a member of itsnotyouitsme, here Mr. Burhans musically expresses his grief over the deaths of friends, time lost to addictions and other life issues. Melancholic and beautiful pieces for various instruments. Play!
Singer/composer/violinist Shaw here explores the form of the string quartet, with echoes of other composers (Bach, Mozart, Ravel…) with contemporary flourishes. Play! (This CD is the first release of a collaboration with Nonesuch and New Amsterdam in releasing works of contemporary composers.)
For guitar and bandoneon with other instruments, these are a mix of classical and jazz, quiet, meandering. Nice!
Caitlin Sullivan performs these (mostly) solo works by contemporary composers, including Andres, Kahane, Snider and others–nice, slow and abstract. Play!
Chain Wallet’s new record brings a slightly pop-y take on classic reverb-guitar based light modern shoegaze. Nice stuff, easy breezy listening! Label: Jansen Records Start with: 1, 5, 8 RIYL: Beach Fossils, The Drums, Wild Nothing FCC: clean
In This is How You Smile, Helado Negro brings a whole new perspective to music. These tracks tell a story and take you somewhere else. In general, his background is an inspiring story. Airy vocals and expansive instrumentals with a few interludes here and there. Throw it a listen. Label: RVNG International Start with: 1,5,6,7 […]
Waver, Royal Canoe’s third album, is the band’s most eccentric project to date. The LP persistently bounces from rock to electronic to R&B to pop to hip hop, thrusting the listener through the track listing with its beat-and-lyric driven off kilter charisma. Organs and synths are expansive and haunting, and guitars are erratic and blunt. […]
Mike Silvestri follows up his first EP with a second, heart-felt collection of songs full of powerful vocals and nuanced guitar. His passionate voice combined with the acoustic background makes for a Hozier-in-the-countryside type sound. Worth checking out. Label: Self-released Start with: 1,3 RIYL: The Lumineers, Dave Mathews Band, Hozier, Passenger FCC: Clean
really powerful vocalist, a little R&B/jazzy at times, some clean piano melodies and vocal harmonies. give her a listen!! Label: Self-released Start with: 1, 2, 5, 9 RIYL: Amy Winehouse, Adele FCC: 3
Solid alternative rock with shoegaze-y guitar sound. Not as heavy as their previous releases, but still heavier than most shoegaze acts. Dual guitar sound throughout, utilizing a wall of sound backdrop that supports the more active riffs in the forefront. Label: Dangerbird Start with: 1,4,5,6,8,9 RIYL: The Jesus and Mary Chain, A Place to Bury […]
Where’s My Tribe is an honest, heartfelt album by British singer-songwriter Charlene Soraia. Throughout the album we hear vulnerable, acoustic vocals. Using a single guitar, she captures her deepest emotions making sure the listener goes through the journey with her. Beautifully written songs and amazing vocals are sure to twist your heart in some way. […]
Rhye’s 2nd album gets a proper electronic remix treatment with collaborators including Washed Out, Tensnake, Moon Boots, Jacques Greene, Littel Dragon and more. More blazing dance floor hits than misses on this one. Release Date: 11/26/2018 Play: 2, 6, 7, 11, 12 RIYL: See above…
Analog synth music doesn’t get much better than this, the 3rd album from Martin Jenkins on Ghost Box. Where his 2016 release Stasis was conceived on notions of “cosmic explorations,” his sequel Hollow Earth is all about the subterranean and “submerged psychologies.” It is probably the most accessible Pye Corner Audio project to date, and […]
Marc Payne definitely isn’t reinventing the genre or anything here. Payne to Fame is a pretty solid, if not somewhat banal, pop trap album. Payne’s lyrics feature a lot of the usual subjects: money, sex, partying, etc. But, his flows are competent, some of his hooks are catchy, he has a few funny punchlines here […]
The Twilight Sad released a new album after a few years, and it absolutely delivers. They are a scottish band with influences in post punk and shoegaze. The lead singer, James Graham, has a very unique accent, making the songs a more intriguing listen. This album is extremely heavy and sad, with emotional line repetition […]
Mike Krol begins his fourth studio album with the distinctly grungy Power Chords, and doesn’t let up from there. Full of bold guitar sounds and hard hitting drums, this album is a paragon for the modern grunge/garage rock sound. Easy lyrics, easy jamming. Label: Merge Records Start with: 1, 4, 7, 10 RIYL: SWMRS, Wallows, […]
A surfy, garagey album with some pop influences and somewhat of a 60s psych rock vibe. Label: Heavenly Recordings Start with: 6, 5, 2, 3, all RIYL: The Growlers, Low Cut Connie, King Tuff, Ty Segall, Tijuana Panthers, Guantanamo Baywatch FCC: Clean
Exciting blend of hip-hop and post-punk minimalism from the DC based artist – one of the best 2019 releases so far! Label: Merge Records Start with: 3, 2, 7, 12, 11, 13 RIYL: Priests, FKA Twigs, Sleaford Mods, Earl Sweatshirt FCC: Clean