Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring

Unquestionably, one of the most most ingenious and bold records of 2021 is Wendy Eisenberg’s peerless Bent Ring. Over the last decade, Eisenberg proved themselves to be one of today’s most innovative guitarists, so it’s endlessly fascinating to hear them take up the challenge to compose an entire album on a completely different instrument—a tenorContinue reading “Wendy Eisenberg – Bent Ring”

New Album Alert: Pelt Returns with Resistance Reticence

Pelt, one of the preeminent forces within the world of noise rock and experimental folk over the last few decades, has returned with possibly their strongest release in years: Resistance Reticence. Released as part of Three Lobed Recordings’ excellent 20th anniversary series (which already has some of the best albums of the last year), thisContinue reading “New Album Alert: Pelt Returns with Resistance Reticence”

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”

Waterless Hills – The Great Mountain

If you need to escape the realities of the modern world, then let the mystifying improvisations of Waterless Hills sweep you off to some lost distant landscape in an undetermined century. The band, which (on this release), is comprised of Andrew Cheetham on drums, C. Joynes on guitar, DBH on violin and Gavin Clarke onContinue reading “Waterless Hills – The Great Mountain”

October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.

There is no silence this October. Only new music. So let’s dive straight into this month’s Roundup!  Son of Buzzi – The Ghost Son of Buzzi is more of a multimedia art installation than a band. The Swiss duo composes 12-string guitar fantasias to be the backdrop (or rather, a collaboration with) a variety ofContinue reading “October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.”

Meadowsilver – Midsummer’s Queen

Meadowsilver’s on a roll with the release of their latest single, “Midsummer’s Queen.” The track is as transcendent and bucolic as a sunny day in a field of heather, but a creeping dread seeps just below the surface…like as if the shroud of death is lurking just out of sight. As always, the band (madeContinue reading “Meadowsilver – Midsummer’s Queen”

Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird

Chris Rosenau of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso have welded together two vastly different musical elements and created something very fascinating and very exceptional. In a daring (and some may say even a controversial) move, the duo here combined atmospheric acoustic fingerpicking with dazed synth improvisations. While uniting aspectsContinue reading “Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird”

Jordan Perry – Witness Tree

Jordan Perry’s Witness Tree takes the acoustic guitar to obscure, unexplored horizons in a way that’ll make you never look at—nor hear—the instrument the same way again. Freshly released by Feeding Tube Records, Witness Tree finds Perry seemingly deconstructing folk and blues styles down to their barest elements. He relishes in the smallest details of these forms,Continue reading “Jordan Perry – Witness Tree”

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests

Individually, Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore can essentially do no wrong. Together, they are a force that certainly cannot produce anything other than pure magic. Ghost Forests finds the pair complimenting each other’s strengths beautifully. Baird’s subtle yet evocative guitar work and spectral, boundless vocals are supported by—and blend perfectly with— Lattimore’s equally commanding and evocativeContinue reading “Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests”

Espers and Vetiver, White Eagle Hall 8.26.18

Espers The moon was full, the clouds parted and the earliest hint of autumn was in the air, so this was the perfect time for Espers to emerge once again. For fans like myself that could never catch the band live during their heyday, it started to really feel like that was truly how itContinue reading “Espers and Vetiver, White Eagle Hall 8.26.18”