Archive for April, 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

One of Bill Fay’s favorite lyrical tricks begins with him describing a pastoral scene. In “Underneath the Sun,” the fourth track on his fourth record, he follows along as “Rain falls down and waters the ground/Where the cherry tree is forming buds/For the blossoms to come.” Fay sings with great delicacy; his voice traces the […]

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Traversing the same retro-futurist dreamscapes that the late, lamented Broadcast first explored, Swedish trio Death And Vanilla dig into some lovely sounds on their sophomore effort, To Where The Wild Things Are. Thanks to the group’s arsenal of vintage microphones and equipment — Moogs and mellotrons abound — aficionados will have a field day playing […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Read the title of Tim Foljahn’s latest LP, Fucking Love Songs, however you want: as a sarcastic sneer, a wounded sentiment, or somewhere in between. Foljahn’s enjoyed a storied career as a sideman, playing guitar with Townes Van Zandt, Cat Power, Brokeback, Thurston Moore, Half Japanese and more, and appearing on Netflix’s Orange Is the […]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Brian Wilson opens his new album No Pier Pressure with a quietly profound lyric: “Life goes on and on, like your favorite song.” Wilson has written many people’s favorite songs over the last five decades – the rollicking surf rock of “Little Deuce Coup,” “teenage symphonies to God” like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God […]

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Bruce Springsteen. Billy Idol. Lil’ Wayne. Van Morrison. A diffuse bouillabaisse of sound and influence as experienced through the lens of Kyle Field’s perennial Little Wings. This week’s installment of the Lagniappe […]

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Like any artist who has been making records for close to five decades, Richard Thompson has tried out various modes and methods in the studio. He’s worked with a variety of producers, from the legendary Joe Boyd in the 1960s to Mitchell Froom in the 1990s to Buddy Miller on 2013’s invigorating Electric. After all […]

Monday, April 27th, 2015

After a five year hiatus Strut Records Next Stop Soweto series returned last month with volume four, Next Stop Soweto: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbanqanga 1975-1985. Compiled by Duncan Brooker, the fifteen track compilation finds itself in the wake of the series second installment, highlighting a wide range of lesser known South African artists working […]