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April 6, 2020

Checking out a new indie band for the first time is often a gateway to innumerable musical pleasures, and sometimes these extend beyond the experience of immersing - and in the case of Alabama based dream pop-punk-psychedlic-experimental rock Witch’s Wall, being comple...

March 28, 2020

When first discovering a vibrant, visionary new artist, there’s always the tendency to connect his or her artistry to others who have captured our musical hearts in the past. When I started to listen to composer, pianist and drummer Masa Takumi’s multiple shades of ama...

March 26, 2020

A sonically expansive, ever evolving 27 years since making his debut back in his lead flute playing days with Afternoon in Sedona, Nicholas Gunn is releasing his extraordinary 20th album Pacific Blue into a very different world than he could have imagined existing whil...

February 26, 2020

Since it has been over a year since I last shared my admiration for the multi-faceted, deeply thematic works of ambient music maestro Scott Lawlor, a brief recap is in order before I tackle his expansion from personal emotional therapeutic expressions to the deep socia...

February 26, 2020

Titles make for ironic distractions, sometimes. “Play Dead” and “Tender Exit” are the first two hypnotic, ethereal and dreamily ambient synth and vocal tracks from Kodacrome’s new EP The Banff Sessions, and yet the Brooklyn based duo of Elissa LeCoque (vocals/arrangeme...

February 5, 2020

As we marvel at the nearly 25 years that multi-faceted musical visionary David Helpling has been gracing our hearts and spirits with his innovative ambient guitarisma, we can approach his latest Spotted Peccary masterpiece RUNE from different entry points.

For the techi...

January 31, 2020

The recent sudden passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other beautiful souls has been a powerful reminder to millions that while tomorrow is never promised, what we do during the dash between the years of our birth and departure years is everything. It...

August 26, 2019

No amount of aural preparation or immersion into weird offbeat electronic sounds can quite prepare you for the trippy, ear and mind-bending experience of Smomid’s new album Pyramid Scheme – and that’s because the wacky cornucopia of rhythmic impossibilities, droning am...

August 14, 2019

In my October 2018 review of Reflection, the debut full length album by the uber inventive and adventurous prog-indie-psychedelic Twin Cities rockers Kazyak, I gleefully quoted some descriptive words by frontman and sonic mastermind Peter Frey as a launching point. So...

August 1, 2019

In all the promotional materials swirling around the release of multi-instrumentalist and composer Holland Phillips’ eighth album A Presence of Three Minds, there is no mention of what the title means exactly, or the story behind it. Perhaps that’s just as well, becaus...

July 28, 2019

In my November 2018 review of Defractor, the official solo debut of offbeat, iconoclastic indie-pop singer/songwriter Paul Jacks - after years as frontman of the Anchorage based band Smile Ease - I had a lone criticism amidst reveling in its magical electronic “beat sw...

July 23, 2019

To truly appreciate an artist’s latest work and immerse enough to write intelligently about it, I always feel compelled to learn about their professional and personal backgrounds and, if possible, ask what inspired them. Considering all of its seductive rhythms, melodi...

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