Electronic trips Elegant Animals don the silhouetted tiger once again for another 4-track EP, Warm Blood Pt. 2, the follow-up to last month’s Warm Blood Pt. 1. The brainchild of Jules Kazys Franklin dives further into oddity and progresses his R&B name into a black hole of self-reflection.
C.J. Davis’ Harrowgrove project has been steadily dropping music for a few years now, drawing from industrial, alternative R&B, trip hop, and more. It’s taken on many forms since its inception, but with Davis’ guiding hand, each release has maintained the nocturnal, occasionally creepy quality that makes Harrowgrove what it is. His newest full length, CAPS LOCK, is no exception. Continue reading →
The Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd’s greatest commercial success. This is the LP with the famous cover art of light refracting through a triangular prism, an image so iconic it is almost universally recognizable due to the massive reach of the album. The record focused on correlating themes of mental health, greed, death and conflict, among others. These were topics that had been previously explored by the psych-rockers, but were never incorporated in such a direct manner as was used in this 1973 release. Continue reading →
Local indie pop singer and songwriter — better known by Aphra — released her highly anticipated new record Sadness is a Gesture last week, a synth-laced experimental pop effort filled with heart, soul and heartbreaking experiences.
Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.
By this point, we’re more than a few years deep into the advent of the digital auteur, and in 2017, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. As much as this trend has empowered talent to operate outside the system, it’s also enabled a vast ocean of self-produced mediocrity. Melina Duterte’s Jay Som project is most certainly of the former, though, and on her new album Everybody Works, she glides clear over that ocean in a glistening, DIY sailboat. It’s out next Friday, March 10th, but you can stream it now via NPR First Listen. Continue reading →
Experimental pop collective Port Arthur recently released their oddly catchy 5-track EP Fall of Man. The brain child of Luke Shefski adds a healthy dose of quirkiness and fuzzed-out instrumentation to a folk-based rhythm to make you want to dance and cry at the same time.
East coast blues rockers Penrose released their first new material in almost two years in the form of the 3-track EP Eat + Drink + Sleep. Filled with enough jam for a peanut butter sandwich, the family three-pieces fills each track with emotional power and a wonderfully rotating rock sound that hits you when you least expect it.
Indie rock veterans Grandaddy are back, and it sounds like they never left. It’s been more than ten years since Just Like the Fambly Cat, but on new record Last Place, the fuzz guitar and analog synthesizer remains gloriously intact over a forty four minute, twelve track set. It’s out this Friday, March 3rd, but you can stream it now via NPR First Listen. Continue reading →