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”

Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic

On Prana Crafter’s latest record, William Sol seems to be channeling and processing the storm of today’s societal and worsening environmental climate through his guitar playing. . The ever astral Sol treats the album as one long, continuous song. Each track seamlessly flows into one another, as if we’re being guided through a single meditativeContinue reading “Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic”

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”

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”

May 2020 Roundup

Man-oh-man, the physical and not-so-phsical record crates have been quite full over the last month. Here’s a quick run down of some of the sounds that have turned our heads and grabbed our ears over the last 30 days or so…  Munehiro Narita – Live Performance: San Francisco Let’s start things off with a bang,Continue reading “May 2020 Roundup”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t

What Alice Coltrane is to the jazz world, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble is to folk music. The Chicagoan group, which features McLaughlin on 12 and 6 string guitars, harmonium and electronics, Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimer, and Jason Toth on upright bass, blend elements of American primitivism with free jazz and modern classical music together into somethingContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – s/t”

Null Zone: Rootless – Emptied Spaces & Prana Crafter – 3rd Ear Incantations

The great people at Null Zone have a couple of exciting new releases that benefit for a very good cause. All proceeds from the pre-orders of Emptied Spaces by Rootless and 3rd Ear Incantations by Prana Crafter will go to the Garrie Vereen Memorial Emergency Relief Fund, which is organized and run by Nuçi’s Space in Athens, GA.Continue reading “Null Zone: Rootless – Emptied Spaces & Prana Crafter – 3rd Ear Incantations”

Trappist Afterland – Allegory of Stars/ Sacred Geometry

Unplug yourself from the strife of modern life and let your mind get lost in the timeless folk sounds of Trappist Afterland’s new lathe-cut single, Allegory of Stars/ Sacred Geometry. The Australian acid folk group is in top form, as they lean heavily into a stripped down, traditional approach on this release. With the exceptionContinue reading “Trappist Afterland – Allegory of Stars/ Sacred Geometry”