Ruby’s Prime Slices (7/9): Fit of Body, Snail Mail

Fit of Body – Black Box No Cops (Lo-Fi House, Bedroom Electronic)

Fit of Body brings a punk ethos to the the usually aloof field of lofi electronic. Black Box No Cops sounds like smooth easy listening hotel music, but with a certain grit. The aesthetic is something of a 2018 bandcamp/soundcloud version of LCD Soundsystem. The subtlety of attitude is what sets this album apart from scores of DIY producers. It gets deeper with each listen.

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Ruby’s Prime Slices (6/28): Now, Now; Self Defense Family; and Jupiter & Okwess

Now, Now – Saved (Pop)

As somebody who has dearly missed the sickeningly sweet rock tinged pop of the mid 2000s (think Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson), Now, Now‘s new album makes me feel Saved. This album is seriously infectious and fun- a pure and emotional pop record both for 2005 and 2018.

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The BIRN Interview with Singer-Songwriter Julie Byrne

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet Julie Byrne stopped by the Berklee Internet Radio Network studio in 2017 for an interview. Her latest album, Not Even Happiness, was released in January of that year. Byrne talks poetry, her evolution as a songwriter, and performing live.

The audio features “Natural Blue” and “Morning Dove” from Not Even Happiness.

Album Review: Brazilian Girls, Lets Make Love

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.

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Album Review: ZHU’s RHINGO’S DESERT PT. 1

Review by Justin Cameron

ZHU’s career has always been mysterious. He never offers fans a look into his personal life, and instead, gives them exceptional music for the past four years. He’s carved out his niche in the electronic music scene, creating music from an artistic point of view rather than of a musical one. ZHU’s songs all have dark undertones complimented by screaming guitar and sax solos as well as sparse, spacey vocals. Continue reading “Album Review: ZHU’s RHINGO’S DESERT PT. 1”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/23-4/29): Haley Heynderickx, Donovan Woods

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”.

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Traveller – Western Movies (Album Review)

  Traveller – Western Movies (Folk/Country Rock)

Traveller has stormed out of the gates with their debut album “Western Movies.” The release has such a familiar sound to it but is like no other artist I’ve heard. In each song, the trio (Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, and Jonny Fritz) shares vocals, singing about their side of the story on every topic. The opening song (“Nobody Makes It Out”) starts off the LP on an uptempo yet solemn mood, talking about their hopeless dreams to leave their dead end hometown. A theme that appears later near the end (“Get Me Out Of The South”). Continue reading “Traveller – Western Movies (Album Review)”