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Listening to Rhythm and Repose, the first solo album from Irish musician Glen Hansard, is like starting a new relationship. One where at first the person seems alright, but then you find out they’re totally obsessive, want to see you every day, and think you two will be together forever after a week. It’s stubborn, sad and smothering, and leaves the listener craving something completely different. Hansard is a good musician and a great singer. He has honed his craft [...]
Jherek Bischoff is probably having more fun than anyone else in the music industry today. Composed, the latest release from the Seattle-based musician/composer is a case of experimental explorations culminating in artistic songs that will awaken your ears with new sounds one minute and leave you longing for days gone by the next. With classical elements, and playful tempos, many of the songs reminded me of a soundtrack to one of those old Merrie Melodies cartoons where a figure strangely [...]
Regina Spektor is one of my personal all-time favourite vocalists. Her sixth album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, showcases everything that is great about the musician and reminded me why I dig her so much. Spektor is one of the greatest story-tellers in music today. Each song tells a tale; some of seemingly imagined scenarios, while others come across more as reflections of her own experiences. But all are so descriptive and unique that listening to one is [...]
The sign of a great album is one without any tracks listeners want to skip. One where, when the song you’re listening to ends, you can’t wait until the next one starts, because it’s just so good that you want it to go on endlessly. Robert Francis’s third album, Strangers in the First Place, is that kind of album. The songs are mature and smooth, the melodies are upbeat and Francis’s voice is crisp, sincere and captivating. The folksy smooth [...]
Three-piece Finnish group Lapko came out of the gate fists raised, ready for a fight with ???? (or LOVE upside down), their fifth release. “Some bands are such pussies that they would never even release songs with titles like Friends Are Flowers or Love Is Sick and Wrong,” says the band’s website. With a statement like that I was expecting big things from this album. Musically, it seemed to be a step in a more sophisticated direction for the band, [...]
Imagine yourself in a chaotic, overcrowded futuristic mega-city filled with criminals and ruled over by lawmaking judges who charge, convict, sentence, and sometimes put criminals to death on the spot. This is the world of popular British comic character Judge Dredd, and it’s the inspiration for the Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury collaboration found on Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One. The title “Drokk” might seem a bit obscure to those unfamiliar with the comic, but it’s actually a pretty [...]
Sees the Light is the second solo album from La Sera a.k.a. Katy Goodman of the all female psychedelic-punk-surf group, the Vivian Girls. Goodman brings her sweet, soft-spoken vocals to a variety of genres on the album, never quite settling on just one. While musically the second song, Please Be My Third Eye, is solid, the song as a whole is worth skipping over. It sounds like a garage band with a little sister who desperately wanted to be part [...]