Travesía :: Ni Un Minuto Más De Dolor

Under the name Travesía, the trio of Estela Magnone, Mariana Ingold, and Mayra Hugo graced a handful of albums that defined the direction of Uruguay’s music coming out from under a dictatorship in the early 1980s. In the trio’s short lifespan, though, they released only one album–1983’s Ni un minuto más de dolor, the first Uruguayan record performed and arranged entirely by an all-female group.

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: April 2022

It’s time once again for Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab on April 17 from 4-8 PM, four hours of freeform sounds from AD selectors. Up first, a springtime stew of dusty country rock, luminous folk, and boogies with New Happy Gathering. Then, trancers and dancers with Range and Basin, early ’70s West Coast zones from Doom and Gloom From The Tomb, and to close, First & Last, a glimpse into the world of Japanese private press.

Digging The Smithsonian Vaults

Smithsonian Folkways let us dig through their vast vaults for the latest installment of their ongoing People’s Picks series. An enigmatic maze, its hedges conjoin all manner of sound from around the globe. Selected by Justin Gage, expect: avant-garde jazz saxophonist Sonny Simmons live in Paris, an Alan Lomax field recording, the propulsive percussion of the Garifuna people, the sympathetic sitar of Shamim Ahmed, some square dance soul, “sacred” steel, Quebecois folk with a funky-drummer, and beyond….

Mouth Painter :: Tropicale Moon

For their third release, Mouth Painter mold their high-lonesome exotica into a different kind Americana altogether, something more Kosimiche than cosmic. It’s the kind of music that might be playing on the jukebox in some Venusian honky-tonk. While the languid haze of Barry Walker’s pedal steel is certainly a touchstone of Mouth Painer’s sound, it’s complemented perfectly by Jason Willmon’s rhythmic drive, and the warm, proggy breeze of Valerie Osterberg’s flute.

John Andrews & The Yawns :: Cookbook

A heavy dose of California chill beaming out from New Hampshire, John Andrews and his “band” The Yawns return with Cookbook, their follow-up to 2017’s Bad Posture, and an airy collection of laid-back country rock, gentle AM ballads, and breezy cantina instrumentals with more than a dose of Guaraldi-imbued jazz.

Perfect Angels :: Exit From the Ultra-World

The latest from DIY lifer Zach Philips is a dizzying and resplendent work of lysergic cool-jazz, deconstructed art-pop, and library exotica. Billed as Exit From the Ultra-World by Perfect Angels, the record was pieced together on tape in Brussels with transmitted vocals from French singer Olia Eichenbaum, and additional contributions from psych-pop pioneer Chris Cohen, jazz saxophonist Shoko Igrashi, and a cast of like-minded multi-instrumentalists from around the globe.

Innovations :: Seabird

Peruvian yacht-rock gold, circa 1977. The Alessi Brothers cover is a DIY bedroom relic, coasting off the sunset of a downbeat synth groove with an eerie harmony tunnel like some bizarro Beach Boys outtake.

Felbm :: Tape 3/Tape 4

It’s November 3rd. As such, here’s a little something to assist in your embrace of “hygge” – if that’s possible – this season: Tape 3/4 — the latest entry in Felbm’s ongoing “tapes” series. At 14 tracks, the Utrecht based artist continues down the path set out in 2018, woodshedding material via 4-track. A homespun instrumental affair brimming with low key jazzscapes, here’s a taste…a rendering somewhat reminiscent of an alternate universe, lo-fi, Vince Guaraldi.

Conor Oberst :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Conor Oberst has never shied away from the apocalyptic, but on the new Bright Eyes album Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was he sings about the end of the world like an eye witness reporter. “I think we all, to some degree, are dreaming the same dreams and we’re fighting the same internal battles in our minds and hearts.”

Wyatt Waddell :: FIGHT!

23-year-old Wyatt Waddell wrote, performed and recorded “FIGHT!” in 24 hours after witnessing the protests sparked by the brutal killing of George Floyd. That urgency presents itself both lyrically; “There’s already so much pain / And there ain’t nothin else we can do / But to fight,“ and musically; sparse church rhythms keep a fierce pace as the Chicago native’s gritty tenor transforms into a sea of otherworldly voices. Wonderful funk breakdowns help release (or it increase?) the tension, while Waddell’s vocals climb higher and grow more exasperated with each passing verse. By the end of the track, he’s levitating above the masses that he’s instructing. This is a distinctively inspiring voice that we would all be wise to follow.

Shirley Collins :: Wondrous Love

There are voices. And then there are Voices. With “Wondrous Love,” Shirley Collins reminds us she’s in the latter category, bringing fresh humanity this early 1800s Sacred Harp hymn (with roots stretching back even further to the British isles).

Brigid Mae Power :: On a City Night

Brigid Mae Power returns with her third long player, Head Above the Water, on June 5th. The first taste from the record—the lush “On a City Night”—is an organ and pedal steel-soaked country shuffle. Plaintively furtive in its imagery, the tune plays like a deceptive still life; its characters in a state of suspended animation while the world blurs in motion.