Andrew LaVogue – Surrounded by the Northern Lights

Andrew LaVogue clears his mind and finds his center on the peaceful Surrounded by the Northern Lights. LaVogue, a resident of Portland, ME, recorded this EP of psych-leaning solo guitar pieces as a way to musically describe his experience of escaping from the world of 2020 into the wilds of Acadia National Park, and hisContinue reading “Andrew LaVogue – Surrounded by the Northern Lights”

East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages

East River Caviar’s debut slab of rural psychedelia, How Asphalt Ages, is as serene and stoic as the first magenta moments of an early winter sunrise. Hailing from Connecticut, ERC is made up of two guitarists, Sam Boston and Brendan Casey, who weave together tight fuzzed-up fantasias with nothing but their electric axes, bass andContinue reading “East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages”

Hermitess – Celestial

This tainted world needs a little more magic in it, which is why I greatly appreciate experimental folk group, Hermitess, and their digital release series available via tarot cards. Hermitess, a project lead by Jennifer Crighton of Devonian Gardens (which also features input from her partner and DG bandmate, Danny Vescarelli), is making all ofContinue reading “Hermitess – Celestial”

Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland

Much like the billboard on its cover, the music of the Powers/Rolin Duo’s The Nightland is a gleaming light in the oppressive darkness that seems to be filling our world right now, providing us a little hope and illuminating a path out of the gloom. Comprised of two side-long pieces, this album finds Jen PowersContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland”

Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season

Jennifer Castle’s Monarch Season is as dreamy as it gets. Castle, a Toronto singer-songwriter, crafts graceful folk-inspired tunes that are richly influenced by the moon, the nature of relationships and of course, monarch butterflies. Her voice, which is usually treated with a healthy dose of reverb, is beautifully reminiscent of the vocals of Marissa NadlerContinue reading “Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season”

Rootless – Docile Cobras

For Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks to bend their self-release-only rule of their Flower Room Records label and put out Rootless’ Docile Cobras, you know that this is a very special album indeed. Recorded during the spring of last year, Docile Cobras is Rootless (AKA Jeremy Hurewitz) at perhaps his most mystical. The record isContinue reading “Rootless – Docile Cobras”

Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow

Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow Buck Curran’s No Love is Sorrow is a gorgeously stark collection of haunting guitar soundscapes and meditations on the strange complexities of adult life. Curran, whom you may remember from the psych-folk duo, Arborea, might be at his most personal on this record. Throughout the album, his lyricsContinue reading “Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow”

Sairie – The Trembling Earth

Moved by the stark isolation of the pandemic, Sairie has returned with a striking new EP. February’s beautiful Scarlet and Blue release was indeed a difficult act to follow, yet The Trembling Earth goes above and beyond and actually raises the bar for the group. Each of the three songs here—two new originals and a classic Thomas Moore poem—isContinue reading “Sairie – The Trembling Earth”

Devonian Gardens – Old Star

Devonian Gardens’ new seven-inch single, “Old Star”/”Light Years,” might be their first new release in seven years, but it was certainly worth the wait. The Calgary group was once known as Deadhorse and released a slamming record of acid-tinged garage rock in 2011. By 2013, the band changed their name to their current (extremely fitting)Continue reading “Devonian Gardens – Old Star”

Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel

Clear Channel has proven once again that some of the most ethereal, heavenly guitar records being made today are coming from the realm of Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks. This tape, the latest of LaJoie’s many solo releases, is made up of two deeply atmospheric astral guitar soundscapes, “Voice One” and “Voice Two.” Each track sprawlsContinue reading “Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel”