Track Premiere: Aaron M Olson “Wealth”

In the folds of Aaron M Olson’s leisurely “Wealth,” a midnight stroll becomes a spell cast to keep sweet memories held close. Olson’s new album, Songs Album, is a languid pop slow burner, simmering in a timeless stew of influences from Jack Nitzsche to Jim O’Rourke. Lush arrangements give way to neon sunsets as “Wealth” bobs on the ocean’s surface, Olson singing wistfully before the waves … Continue reading Track Premiere: Aaron M Olson “Wealth”

Track Premiere: JJJJJerome Ellis “Dysfluent Waters”

On the second offering from JJJJJerome Ellis’s forthcoming opus, The Clearing, the composer and poet creates a space where reflection brings challenges to ingrained ideas and concepts. “My thesis is that Blackness, dysfluency and music are forces that open time,” Ellis states. “Opening brings possibilities: temporal refusal, temporal escape, temporal dissent,” he says, creating a demanding yet engaging suite of music, sound, and poetry with The Clearing that … Continue reading Track Premiere: JJJJJerome Ellis “Dysfluent Waters”

Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Finding a way to satisfyingly close an album as powerful as Patrick Shiroishi’s new opus, Hidemi, isn’t easy. Across the album’s deep, moving half-hour, Shiroishi creates a lyrical statement about working hard to overcome darkness and finding a silver thread to follow toward greener horizons. “The Long Bright Dark” exudes this hopeful catharsis in spades. Using a hypnotic triplet progression that pushes forward at every … Continue reading Track Premiere: Patrick Shiroishi “The Long Bright Dark”

Track Premiere: Artifacts “Soprano Song”

The combined prowess of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed is something to marvel. All three are gifted players and innovative, inspirational composers. As Artifacts, the trio comes together in joyous, virtuosic fashion on original compositions plus one each by Roscoe Mitchell and, “Soprano Song,” a choice Muhal Richard Abrams cut.  Abrams was a legendary figure whose influence and inspiration will continue for generations … Continue reading Track Premiere: Artifacts “Soprano Song”

Track Premiere: Old Saw “Dead Creek Drawl”

As the sun breaks over empty fields and sullen fog, “Dead Creek Drawl,” the opening track on Old Saw’s Country Tropics rises. This is the music of ancient soil; sonic wanderings imbued with the dirt of countless generations, saturated with the blood of our ancestral homes that, try as we might haunt us like anchored ghosts. “Dead Creek Drawl” hums with heavy drones, pedal steel piercing … Continue reading Track Premiere: Old Saw “Dead Creek Drawl”

Track Premiere: Roadhouse “Coulda Been a Penny”

Simple rhythms are a cradle for synthesizer sequence earworms and clanking guitar leads. On Southern Indiana castaway, Roadhouse’s debut, Aladdin Sales, the tire treads are worn smooth and there’s no way the car is making it to the border, but he’s relentless. “Coulda Been a Penny” bops with purpose, metallic chimes rusted out but still singing their ding dang hearts out. The whole thing is charming … Continue reading Track Premiere: Roadhouse “Coulda Been a Penny”

Track Premiere: Pillars and Tongues “Great / Most Secret”

Out today via the legendary BlueSanct is a gorgeous live document from Chicago’s Pillars and Tongues shows the band at their peak. Recorded in 2009 after a lengthy tour with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, “Great / Most Secret” is a music with a primordial spirit as if these songs emerged from an ancient energy source beneath the Earth. In truth, they were birthed from hours upon … Continue reading Track Premiere: Pillars and Tongues “Great / Most Secret”

Jeremiah M. Carter & Chelsea Bridge “Of Babel”

Stretching through the haze of daybreak, the new collaborative album from Jeremiah M. Carter and Chelsea Bridge, The Way It Pours Into Itself, breathes in the dissonance only to find beauty in exhalation. Album closer, “Of Babel,” is a winding tapestry of spectral drones and spiraling string incantations, illuminated like the final moments of a dream. Bridge’s ethereally processed voice is a knife through the middle … Continue reading Jeremiah M. Carter & Chelsea Bridge “Of Babel”

Track Premiere: Field of Fear “Fallen Branch”

Ashes, the new album from Field of Fear, takes a heavy concept and transforms it into something dark and beautiful with an overwhelming power at its core. The pieces on Ashes were composed by processing pixel data from photographs taken of the aftermath of the CZU Lightning Complex fires in California last year. That data was then converted into frequencies that act “both a lament for and … Continue reading Track Premiere: Field of Fear “Fallen Branch”

Track Premiere: Mephisto Halabi “Watch on the Orient”

In the opening moments of “Watch on the Orient,” the first track of Mephisto Halabi’s incredible The Arabic Room, it feels like traveling through time and space through the radio dial. Traditional music trips into a woman’s voice speaking Arabic before giving away to acid-soaked riffage. As soon as the sharp, distorted tones hit, the world blurs into a bounty of warm colors and gritty … Continue reading Track Premiere: Mephisto Halabi “Watch on the Orient”