Video Premiere: Gene Tripp “Dreams, Trains…”

Gene Tripp gives voice to the void. Crushing distortion hollows out the bedrock holding up our forward progress, collapsing any notion of pretense in a squall of thick basslines and straightforward vocal melodies. As the alter ego of artist and composer Jay Hufman, Gene Tripp is a laser-focused melancholy filtered through a meat grinder. As the song plods along, synth leads light dramatic sonic fires … Continue reading Video Premiere: Gene Tripp “Dreams, Trains…”

Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Shades of sonic waves flicker into view during the opening moments of Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble’s new album, Recall the Dream Breath. Sam Wenc pulls back the curtain here, stripping down his sound to let the sun shine directly on his music’s core. Pedal steel hymnals are the guiding light throughout “Lorraine’s,” imbuing the liminal textures with a resonant warmth. Each emotive passage … Continue reading Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Premiere: The Sheaves “Excess Death Cult Times”

The angles might seem all wrong on The Sheaves’ debut, the exquisitely titled Excess Death Cult Times, but perception is a twisted thing. Winding vocal melodies fall off cliffs, chased by guitar and keyboard structures that could fall to pieces at any minute. So much of The Sheaves’ charm is the ramshackle undercurrent throughout their songs. It’s a hoax, though, because this music is beautifully constructed, like a … Continue reading Premiere: The Sheaves “Excess Death Cult Times”

Video Premiere: Mushfoot “My Shrinking Heart”

New York trio, Mushfoot, started as a quarantined remote collaboration but morphed into something bigger as new layers were added and songs began to take shape. Featuring Ian Davis and Katie Vogel of Relatives and Greg Albert of TheRainbows, Mushfoot is visceral like a familiar landscape stripped of its lush surface so that the gnarled, tangled roots become the focal point.  Mushfoot’s debut, Time Before Land, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Mushfoot “My Shrinking Heart”

Video Premiere: Freelove Fenner “Baxter’s Column”

Freelove Fenner’s last album, the stellar The Punishment Zone, maybe a year old, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still gifting gems. “Baxter’s Column” is one of my favorite songs on the album with its lilting vocal melodies and clever bassline, but my appreciation for it entered a whole new realm with one look at this incredible video.  “In the video for Baxter’s Column, eight characters … Continue reading Video Premiere: Freelove Fenner “Baxter’s Column”

Video Premiere: Ever Ending Kicks “Wasabi”

Ever Ending Kicks is the solo project of Paul Frunzi (New Issue/Hungry Cloud Darkening) of Anacortes, Washington. “Wasabi,” the first single from his new album, Small, is an invitation into this world where the shimmer may be fading, but the muted atmosphere is better, anyway. Pointed guitar melodies reach for the center as Frunzi softly sings, “You were wasabi. You’re simple and overpowering. The world is … Continue reading Video Premiere: Ever Ending Kicks “Wasabi”

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”