Leyya – Sauna (Trip-Hop)
Leyya is an Austrian duo comprised of Sophie Lindinger (synthesizer, vocals) & Marco Kleebauer (synthesizer, guitar). This album is definitely one of a kind for me in the sense that I’m not a big fan of electronic music and I love this album. The thing though is that it’s more than the genre suggests. The Instrumentation is extremely well thought out and it sounds rich. The record consists of a nice mix of songs to dance to and songs to relax to. There’s also a very psychedelic element that is almost similar to Tame Impala. One of my favorites this year so far. Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices of The Week (4/10-4/15): Leyya, Dude York”
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.
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Thirdstory – Cold Heart // soulful pop
The harmonies on Cold Heart are flawless and should be incentive enough to give this album a listen (specifically check out “On and On” to get a glimpse of the perfection). Thirdstory consists of three members from NYC; Ben Lusher, Richard Saunders, and Elliot Skinner. Since gaining a substantial following on YouTube, and then releasing their first EP, Searching, in 2017, Thirdstory was able to show their live performance chops with Chance the Rapper on his 2017 tour. With the release of this debut LP, the trio will soon begin their own tour all over the country. Cold Heart is polished, but wildly organic, overflowing with soulful vocals and smooth bass lines. Give it a listen and don’t let these guys slip from your memory – they’re only just beginning.
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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”
Tracy Thorn– Record (Pop)
Tracy Thorn’s third solo album post Everything But The Girl revels in 80s pop and disco nostalgia in a natural and genuine way that seems left out of a lot of current 80s revival. On Record, the synths are warm, the drums are fat, and Tracy Thorn’s voice cuts through with clarity and power. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices (3/4-3/11): Tracy Thorn, The Breeders”
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)”
Joan As Police Woman – Damned Devotion (R&B, Singer Songwriter)
Lou Reed and Elton John collaborator, Joan Wasser, returns with her Joan As Police Woman project to deliver an excellent album that sounds both current and referential. Damned Devotion feels as though it has always existed. Wasser’s songwriting and arrangements are front and center and accented by the warm and clear production.
Favorite Songs: Wonderful, Warning Bell, The Silence
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Superorganism – Superorganism // experimental electro
Superorganism’s self titled album is a wild ride from start to finish, filled with all of the strange little moments that make the band unlike other electronic artist. Their music is a living thing that breathes and changes with every sample and synth dip. Lead singer, Orono Noguchi, presents such lazy, carefree vocals that juxtapose perfectly with the intricate and surprising arrangements and production. Check out the video below to see a really cool live performance of “Something For Your Mind,” an earlier single, and “Nobody Cares.”
Next Friday, March 10th, Jonathan Wilson will be playing at the Sinclair with Laraaji. Wilson’s newest album, “Rare Birds” will be dropping the Friday before, on March 2nd, and I recommend giving it a listen when it does. Featuring artists, like Father John Misty, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, Laraaji, and more, “Rare Birds” really showcases all of the connections Wilson has been busy making over the last few years, producing albums such as Father John Misty’s Grammy nominated “Pure Comedy,” as well as Karen Elson’s “Double Roses.” Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson “Rare Birds” Review”
Jonathan Wilson – Rare Birds // ambient rock
While Wilson has such a clear and intense technical ability, I think the real core of his talent lies in his ability to transfer such soul into his projects. “Rare Birds” has all the emotion and power of Rock n’ Roll with a swirl of ambience in the mix – creating a sound that is both reminiscent and impossible to compare. Its classic rock from an alternate universe with drum machines and synthscapes that take you down roads you didn’t know existed. The goal of “Rare Birds” seems to be the overall impact of the sound and all of the moving parts within each track – give it a listen to experience it yourself.
Favorite Tracks: Over the Midnight, Miriam Montague Loving You, Living With Myself
Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBKnvy8cr80
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