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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Ought – Room Inside The World (post punk, art rock)
Ought’s latest album manages to be thrilling and repetitious at the same time. Room Inside The World incorporates more synths than Ought’s previous work without taking focus away from the unique guitar lines and idiosyncratic vocals.
Favorite Tracks: Disgraced In America, Take Everything, These 3 Things
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Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus // psychedelic rock, musical novel
This album is really intense and wonderfully unique conceptually. The entire thing tells a story in which Ezra is “in love with an angel, and a government is after [them], and [they] have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harboring angels”. The angels are “Transangelic” because “they have an operation, and they’re transformed [into angels]… and it causes panic”. Pretty intense stuff. The music really reflects the urgency of this story with its mixture of strings, synths, and distorted guitars. Ezra’s voice is haunting and seeping with emotion and just perfect for the role. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with every track.
Palm – Rock Island (Math Rock, Indie Rock)
Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.
Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly
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