Spirit Wave #2: Stay at Home Dad

Late into COVID, I took on two new jobs: bartending and parenting. It takes a certain arrogance to take a job for which you have no qualifications. Either that or ignorance. Let’s say both. I like that this could be a setup for a joke: “But which job is he talking about? Parent or bartender?” Well, let’s say both. I received an IG DM the … Continue reading Spirit Wave #2: Stay at Home Dad

Track Premiere: Small Sur “Rays of Light”

The quiet moments speak the loudest on the latest single from Small Sur’s beautiful forthcoming album, Attic Room. “Rays of Light” crawls through the cracks we can’t see and floods our system with a reflective spirit. Gentle acoustic guitar arrangements, emotive woodwinds, and minimal rhythms are a bed for Bob Keal’s winsome voice to help us drift into the distance. Evocative atmospheres unfold slowly to give … Continue reading Track Premiere: Small Sur “Rays of Light”

The 11th Hour, Episode #16: Axiom

The 11th Hour is a podcast where two dudes in their 40s discuss a different Rancid song each week. They reflect on their lives, their (inexplicable) fandom, and why certain parts of our youth continue to hold meaning beyond simple nostalgia. Is it a midlife crisis or honest self-reflection? Join us on a journey to the end and find out. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram and find The 11th … Continue reading The 11th Hour, Episode #16: Axiom

Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela “O Life, O Light Vol. 1”

Zoh Amba has a knack for taking a memorable melody and scorching it before breaking it into granular bits. Joined by two luminaries in William Parker and Francisco Mela, O Life, O Light Vol. 1 sings in the crisp midnight air, sent out like lost prayers searching for a slab of concrete to sculpt into a cathedral.  From the word go, Amba’s trio starts ripping through the … Continue reading Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela “O Life, O Light Vol. 1”

Nailah Hunter “Forest Dwelling”

Lost in the night sky is a lone, illuminated pathway marked by fading stars and gentle reminders. There is the place where we are at and the place we want to be. Connected through dimensions and millennia, soporific waves can become a guide, pulling us from one to the other. Nailah Hunter’s universe in “Forest Dwelling” is the destination built from longing to leave the … Continue reading Nailah Hunter “Forest Dwelling”

Reynols “Tolin Asumer”

For nearly 30 years, Argentinian chaos legends Reynols have been charting a singular, tumultuous path of free form expression. Their first proper US release in nearly two decades, Tolin Asumer has the quartet in peak form. This music is never static and always searching. Venerable frontman Miguel Tomasin is, as ever, the beacon leading these jangled, jumbled sonic exorcisms through psych-infused catacombs. Tolin Asumer manages to thread the needle … Continue reading Reynols “Tolin Asumer”

Patricia Wolf “See-Through”

Patricia Wolf’s debut, I’ll Look For You in Others, was a heavy meditation on the all-encompassing, evolving nature of grief, but See-Through, her second album, exists in the fields beyond. There are still hints of that contemplative spirit here, but it’s buoyed by playfulness and mystery. Wolf’s pristine sound design sings as ever on these 12 pieces, but they’re interconnected by a string of lucid exploration and … Continue reading Patricia Wolf “See-Through”

Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad “Wake”

Across eight translucent vistas, Rosa Beach Mason and Sean Conrad commune with ephemeral environments, translating lost lands into meditative expanses. Wake carries a gentleness through its intentional acoustics and ethereal voices, but this music carries significant weight. Mason and Conrad aren’t simply levitating through the aural flow, they’re constructing new mystic waves. Mason’s wordless vocals are the illuminated guideposts throughout Wake; a point of elegiac connection in an … Continue reading Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad “Wake”

Ayal Senior “Az Yashir”

Ayal Senior has been a Foxy Digitalis favorite for a long, long time. I still remember Bryon Hayes introducing me to his work back in 2006 or 2007 and I’ve tried to keep an ear to the ground for anything Ayal’s had cooking since. After countless releases in that time, though, Az Yashir stands out. This collection of guitar-focused exploits is dusty and familiar even when it … Continue reading Ayal Senior “Az Yashir”

Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”

There’s a passage in “Tryst,” the opening piece on Dirge, where Joanna Mattrey breaks free of a hypnotic loop by stretching her Stroh violin’s notes into the night sky. Drifting lazily, holding the grit of the strings in awe, looping aimlessly in the air like a samara seed caught in a wind guest, Mattrey eventually comes back to Earth. “Tryst,” as memorable and satisfying as it is, … Continue reading Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”