[streaming] Juliet Quick – Circles

“Circles” is the opening track of “Glass Years” EP, out March 5th 2021 via Substitute Scene Records. Juliet Quick builds worlds. Her songs are stark, sweet, weary, frank, immediate, vulnerably plainspoken, always sharply observed. On her forthcoming Glass Years EP, she carves out a space of her own by combining spare acoustics, playful synths, frenetic…

[video of the week] Tindersticks – Pinky In The Daylight

Taken from the new album ’No Treasure But Hope’ released Nov 15th on City Slang. Directed by stuart A. staples Cinematography and colour grading by Paul Guilhaume Edited by Sandie Bompar Art direction by Suzanne Osborne hree years since their last album proper, singer Stuart Staples decided Tindersticks’ return called for something special and No…

[streaming] Minor Pieces – Rothko

firstr track ‘The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming’ is the brilliant debut album from Vancouver-based Minor Pieces, a new partnership comprising acclaimed singer/composer Ian William Craig and newcomer Missy Donaldson, a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Retaining some of the textural play and experimentation of Ian’s solo material whilst channeling it squarely within the domain of tangible songwriting,…

WEYES BLOOD – Titanic Rising (Sub Pop, 2019)  Al suo quarto album sotto l’alias Weyes Blood, Natalie Mering è sempre più distante dalle sue giovanili militanze avanguardiste, in maniera peraltro perfettamente conseguenziale rispetto al precedente, splendido, “Front Row Seat To Earth” (2016). Da lì trae appunto le mosse “Titanic Rising”, frutto di tre anni di…

[streaming] Heather Woods Broderick – Where I Lay

Taken from the album “Invitation”, available April 19th on Western Vinyl. Heather Woods Broderick has played in Efterklang, Horse Feathers, the live bands of Laura Gibson, Lisa Hannigan, and Damien Jurado, and has also been Sharon Van Etten’s longtime collaborator and bandmate. While this list may seem enviable for an aspiring young musician, any experienced…

[video of the week] Aby Vulliamy – This Precious Time

Taken from the album “Spin Cycle”; video made by Yan Wang. “I find it tedious that, in music, we usually only see one type of love represented,” says Yorkshire composer, musician and music therapist Aby Vulliamy. “I’m not interested in writing about that.” Spin Cycle, Vulliamy’s debut album, is indeed an album about love: love…

[streaming] Grand Salvo – In The Water

“In The Water” is the first glimpse at “Sea Glass”, the eagerly awaited new album from esteemed Melbourne artist Grand Salvo. “Sea Glass” is out November 2nd on Mistletone. The first excerpt from “Sea Glass” is a baroque-folk rumination on memory, loss, the passing of time and death: “Oh say you love me before I…

JORDAN IRELAND WITH PURPLE ORCHESTRA – Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra (Spunk, 2017) Da chitarrista della band post-rock The Middle East, circa una decina di anni fa, Jordan Ireland aveva esplorato modalità compositive dinamiche e fortemente incentrate sul coinvolgimento emotivo. I caratteri di quell’esperienza, conclusasi nel 2011, non sono del tutto smarriti nella nuova dimensione…

JOHN MARK NELSON – Sings The Moon (Self Released, 2014) Per quanti, nel parlare di musica, fanno affidamento sull’esercizio semplicistico (e spesso fantasioso) della citazione, sarebbe fin troppo scontato citare Sufjan Stevens per presentare John Mark Nelson. E in effetti delle premesse comuni possono individuarsi, nella provenienza dagli Stati Centrali (in questi caso il Minnesota),…

KISHI BASHI – Lighght (Joyful Noise, 2014) Polistrumentista e coideatore della band indie-rock newyorkese Jupiter One, nonché violinista dal vivo accanto a Of Montreal e Regina Spektor, Kaoru Ishibashi esplica la sua multiforme creatività anche in un progetto solista a nome Kishi Bashi, giunto al secondo capitolo sulla lunga distanza a due anni dal primo, “151a”….

MODDI – Set The House On Fire (Propeller, 2013) Deve esserci qualcosa di davvero speciale nelle atmosfere dei Paesi scandinavi; qualcosa che molti musicisti provenienti da quelle lande devono aver respirato insieme all’aria rigida di inverni illuminati da preziose stille di luce fioca, magari in contesti a diretto contatto con la natura. Sarà pure un…

GET WELL SOON – The Scarlet Beast O’Seven Heads (City Slang, 2012) Konstantin Gropper, al terzo album come Get Well Soon, continua a dare libero sfogo alla sua sensibilità cinematica. Ispirato alle colonne sonore di Nino Rota e a quelle dei film di Dario Argento, “The Scarlet Beast O’Seven Heads” mostra il polistrumentista tedesco alle prese…