Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP

For a folk album with a vast range and a sweetly comforting vibe, seek out Old Mamalahoa’s Ohi’a EP. The record kicks off with a warmly psychedelicized-Laurel Canyon vibe on the title track (plus the bookending intro and outro). From there, it dips into country-folk with the chilled “Bloodhounds” and “This Old Home,” which drip with meltyContinue reading “Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP”

Abimaro – “Folding”

Abimaro’s latest single finds the singer-songwriter reaching deep into her soul, and revealing its barest elements through the sound of her voice alone. “Folding” deals with how falling deeply in love with someone can be both an exhilarating joy and a potentially painful experience. Not many artists can acutely describe the beauty of a newContinue reading “Abimaro – “Folding””

July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover—no time for intros now! The Blind Owls – There Goes Your Girl Proving that you don’t need to be in the late 1960’s to create a perfect track for Nuggets, The Blind Owl’s excellent “There Goes My Girl” is a sweltering freak-beat sonic attack that you mightContinue reading “July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More”

The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2

I am reviewing The Lark and The Loon’s Homestead Hands and The Lark and The Loon 2 together, as I received them that way, but also because they were practically recorded back-to-back as well. Homestead Hands glows with a welcoming warmth like a flickering cabin fireplace. Husband and wife duo Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen play authenticContinue reading “The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2”

Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery

Much like the striking artwork on the album’s sleeve, the music contained within Annika Bentley’s Silver Recovery is both beautifully stark and profoundly imaginative, all while hinting at some sort of past tragedy. Bentley, a Rochester, New York singer-songwriter, had a string of robust releases throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, but unfortunately had toContinue reading “Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery”

May Roundup: Ash & Herb, Steve Gunn & Harmonica Lewinski

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a few of these short reviews recently, but ICYMI, here’s a little roundup. Expect another roundup to follow later in the month with some completely new reviews. Ash & Herb – Salt Lick/Tables of Grass Fields If you have been digging the likes of PranaContinue reading “May Roundup: Ash & Herb, Steve Gunn & Harmonica Lewinski”

Brewster – Forever Better Kissers

Brewster’s long awaited debut full-length is a fine example of just how personal the craft of the modern singer-songwriter can be. Forever Better Kissers glows with a casual familiarity, largely due to its mix of detailed, confidential lyrics and intimate arrangements. Hints and name-drops of suburban-hometown New Jersey locations and references to melancholic high school memoriesContinue reading “Brewster – Forever Better Kissers”

Mercy Weiss – Brand New Key

Mercy Weiss, a recent Los Angeles dwelling singer-songwriter, usually constructs smoky, yet slightly-electro folk pop tracks. However, here she breathes new, sultry life into Melanie Safka’s 1971 hit single, “Brand New Key.” Weiss, along with Christopher Pellnat, from The Warp/The Weft, steer the novelty song into a near reggae territory with a minimalist organ andContinue reading “Mercy Weiss – Brand New Key”

Lindsay Clark – Crystalline

There are some albums, some artists, which just click with you the moment you first hear them. You’re not sure exactly what it is, but you can feel all of the way down to your marrow that the music just resonates with you. As if it was made just for you. For me, Lindsay Clark’sContinue reading “Lindsay Clark – Crystalline”