[streaming] Knomad Spock – Egypt

Knomad Spock is delighted to announce the release of his sumptuous new single ‘Egypt’ which is out now, giving the second taste of his sublime and ambitious forthcoming debut album scheduled for release in 2021 via Hinterland Creative. Commenting on the single, KS says: “Egypt is a rework of an earlier song recorded at the…

ADAM STAFFORD Diamonds Of A Horse Famine (Song, By Toad, 2020) Nelle nove canzoni di “Diamonds Of A Horse Famine”, Adam Stafford ritrova – letteralmente – la propria voce dopo un lungo periodo nel quale si è dedicato in particolare alla composizione strumentale. A seguito delle decostruzioni cameristiche di “Fire Behind The Curtain” (2018) l’artista…

[streaming] Minor Moon – No Lightning Fix

Taken from “Tethers”, out March 26th 2021 via Whatever’s Clever. Minor Moon’s Sam Cantor writes resonant journeys into songs. Across three albums culminating in “Tethers” (out March 26, 2021), the Chicago-based musician and sideman in Half Gringa has mined the pastoral and rollicking sounds of cosmic country for contemplative and thrilling songwriting. The core musicians…

[video of the week] Cassandra Jenkins – Michelangelo

Taken from “An Overview on Phenomenal Nature”, out February 19th 2021 via Ba Da Bing! With a cast of characters found as she recorded free-associative guided tours of her New York haunts (a fisherman, a birthday part psychic and a spiritual driving instructor) this second outing from Cassandra Jenkins is an intimate affair as she…

THE MICROPHONES Microphones In 2020  (P.W. Eleverum & Sun, 2020) Una traccia di tre quarti d’ora è sempre difficilmente assimilabile, a maggior ragione di questi tempi. Lo è quando si tratta di “long form” strumentali ma, forse ancora di più, quando contiene un flusso narrativo di suono e coscienza lungo vent’anni e attraversato da dolorosi…

[streaming] Clémentine March – Into The Distance

Taken from “Songs Of Resilience”, out February 5th 2021 via Lost Map Records. Recorded over two days in November last year, Songs of Resilience is the intimate, instinctive and beguiling second album by eclectic London-based French singer-songwriter Clémentine March. Set for release on limited-edition CDR and digital platforms on February 5, 2021, and preceded by…

[streaming] The Kindling – Flesh And Blood (Slow version)

Taken from “Flesh and Blood (single)”, released January 1, 2021 (free to download  throughout January). Guy Weir – vocals, piano, guitars, drum machine. The Kindling are a minimal alt-folk band from London (UK). Their widescreen songs explore themes of disappointment and hope, loss and discovery, action and reflection. Guy Weir’s disarming voice calls to mind…

SELAH BRODERICK Anam  (Western Vinyl, 2020) Per i Broderick, la musica è davvero una questione di famiglia. Mentre i compositi profili artistici di Peter ed Heather sono ormai consolidate realtà del panorama indipendente, l’ampiezza dei loro orizzonti creativi è persino riuscita a coinvolgere le inclinazioni musicali dei genitori; dopo che, con il padre Steve, Peter…

PLANTMAN – Days Of The Rocks  (Self Released, 2020) Seguendo i lenti tempi della natura e quelli della sua ispirazione creativa, Matthew Randall torna per la quarta volta a confezionare una raccolta di canzoni dai contorni gentili e dalle sfumature dolcemente malinconiche. Lo fa quasi a sorpresa, senza nessuna anticipazione o promozione, nonostante siano trascorsi…

[streaming] Maja Lena – Hammer The Iceberg

“‘Hammer The Iceberg’ is a nostalgic reflection on childhood memories of winters and Christmases spent in Sweden. Musing on the trials and tribulations of growing older and how it can be important to stay connected to and take care of your inner child. The snow-covered island here is Möja in Stockholm’s archipelago, moving in the…

[video of the week] Marina Allen – Belong Here

Marina Allen’s music is like that rollercoaster ride you have in your dreams, a moving, hard-to-believe balancing act that crosses tracks, occasionally leaves the rails and invariably flows unapologetically, succinctly and spine-tinglingly to a glorious conclusion. Her voice surfs many musical tangents, hovers and persists, floats and, only when entirely necessary, stings with honesty and aplomb;…

LUCA & HARUKA NAKAMURA – The World  (Kitchen, 2020) Quasi dieci anni dopo il lavoro pubblicato insieme a Janis Crunch (“12 & 1 Song“, 2011), il compositore Haruka Nakamura torna a interagire in maniera organica con una voce femminile. Nell’occasione si tratta della connazionale LUCA, cantautrice e recente collaboratrice di Ryuichi Sakamoto, le cui delicate…

CHRIS JACK – Miles To Go (Action Weekend, 2020) Le vie della musica si rivelano, ogni volta, infinite. Nell’occasione sono quelle che hanno portato il musicista scozzese Chris Jake a vivere per molti anni in Giappone, dove ha pubblicato numerosi album con la band garage The Routes; ma sono anche quelle che conducono al suo…

[streaming] Tim Cohen – Rage On

Taken from Tim Cohen’s sixth solo album “You Are Still Here”, out March 10th 2021 via Bobo Integral. When people muse on the quirky literate songwriter traditions of San Francisco, certain names come to mind. Garcia/ Hunter, Country Joe, Skip Spence, Jonathan Richman; it’s time to add Tim Cohen to the roll call. For more…

SAM BURTON – I Can Go With You (Tompkins Square, 2020) Capita ogni tanto che si affacci alla produzione discografica un artista, magari anche giovane, che dal punto di vista stilistico risulta immediatamente “classico”, senz’altro per gli aspetti del suono e della produzione ma anche per una personalità interpretativa particolarmente pronunciata, tale da renderne le…

[streaming] New Bums – Billy, God Damn

Taken from “Last Time I Saw Grace”, out on 19th March 2021 via Drag City Seven years and a handful of lifetimes ago, New Bums came out of nowhere with their debut album, Voices In a Rented Room – a record the New York Times described as “feeling like it’s falling apart.” New Bums took this as a compliment, and thus…

[streaming] Dannika – I Don’t Wanna Be With Anyone

At some point in history, it became a given that debut albums by indie bands had to be described as some kind of virtuosic, single-minded work. It’s such a boring trope: the suffering auteur, going mad from their own genius, working with a band but channelling some vision they could only ever craft alone. That…