On Sunday night at the Brighton Music Hall, the Brazilian Girls performed in promotion of their latest album, Let’s Make Love. As a fairly diverse group currently based out of New York, the Brazilian Girls bring in influences from all over the world and are known for their eclectic alternative, electronic sound. Anticipation crowded the room, especially knowing that the band has not put out an album since 2009 when their album, New York City, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The Brazilian Girls are an eclectic group of four musicians (Sabina Sciubba, Jesse Murphy, Didi Gutman, and Aaron Johnston) with an intense musical chemistry and a shared passion for the unexpected. Surprisingly, none of the members are actually from Brazil, and Sabina is the only female of the bunch. Their most recent release, “Let’s Make Love”, is an incredible example of the chaotically original, yet polished sound the Brazilian Girls are able to create.
Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden // indie folk
I Need to Start a Garden feels like a private acoustic set performed in someones living room. The guitar picking is beautiful in its simplicity, accompanied with minimal percussion and soft,thoughtfully quaint lyrics. Each track is reminiscent of the last and an allusion to the next. You can read Haley;s facial expressions through her deliberate, yet organic inflections. My favorite track is probably #2; The Bug Collector, with lyrics like “theres a praying mantis prancing on your bathtub/and you swear its a priest from a past life out to get you”.
Polish Club – Beeping/Able // rock&roll soul punk
With only two members, Polish Club takes up an enormous amount of space with this latest two-track release. Novak’s vocals are energetic to say the least – his performance of the song can almost be heard in the recording of “Beeping”. The duo, John Henry and Novak, seem to spend a lot of time on dynamics in order to keep the songs full and interesting. It can be hard to sound complete with only drums and guitar, but Polish Club has truly mastered their sound and are clearly strong enough musicians to carry that classic, soul-infused rock sound. Its loud and intense, but its played from the heart in a way thats hard to ignore.
Thirdstory – Cold Heart // soulful pop
Gundelach – Baltus // electro pop
Baltus is Gundelach’s very first full length album, and I hope it wont be his last. Although it is easy to hear the 80s synth-pop influences, Gundelach’s sound can also be comparable to more modern artists like James Blake or Sylvan Esso. The lyrics hit hard, with lines like “you don’t know how it feels to be alone” in Control (track 4) echoing among distant synthesizers and a steady, yet intricate beat. This line seems to mirror the theme that runs throughout the entire album; loneliness. Gundelach’s vocals are silky smooth on top of his simple arrangements, and blend with ease together with ARY on tracks 6 and 8. Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/11-3/18): Gundelach, Meernaa”
As the audience trickled into the Sinclair, it seemed that no one had any idea what to expect from Laraaji, the opening act for the Jonathan Wilson show. He shuffled out on stage toward a small table, draped with a tapestry, just slightly off center. For the next 45 minutes, Laraaji took the audience on a spiritual journey, plucking his electronic zither with closed eyes and a soft demeanor. Continue reading “Show Review: Jonathan Wilson at The Sinclair 3/10”
Current Joys – A Different Age // lo-fi rock
“A Different Age” is the type of album you want to listen to from start to finish after a really long week. Nicholas Rattigan, the sole songwriter behind Current Joys, cuts deep with his lyrics and heart-wrenching vocal delivery. The songs are simple and lo-fi – mostly just vocals, guitar, light synths, and a simple drum pattern – but that kind of seems to be the point. Songs like “No Words” have a strong meditative vibe, while the title track “A Different Age” tells an emotional story about being an artist in todays world. Be sure to check out each track’s corresponding video, as this is a visual album (link for “A Different Age” below). Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/4-3/11)”
Superorganism – Superorganism // experimental electro