December 2020 Roundup

This horrible year can’t end soon enough, but there’s still so much great music to cover! To make matters worse, I had to take most of last week off to tend to some urgent matters, so the stack of music in my inbox just keeps growing and growing. So here’s a final roundup for 2020!Continue reading “December 2020 Roundup”

Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain

Listening to Jeffrey Silverstein’s You Become The Mountain feels like you’re laying down on a soft cloud as it floats you through a golden sunrise. The Portland-based musician uses pedal steel, minimalist electric percussion and slick, reverb-soaked guitar to create dreamy soundscapes that are rich with comforting vibes. Occasionally, he mixes in his own vocals and inContinue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain”

Itta – Enter

In these dark, crazy times, we are indeed privileged to be able to have albums like Enter by Itta to relax to. Itta, who is one half of the new age electro band TENGGER, has created a real thing of beauty here. Each song is centered around her multi-layered angelic vocals, which reverberate and soarContinue reading “Itta – Enter”

Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes

Glymmur’s Field Study: 33 Minutes is a master class in expressionistic soundscapes. To say that Glymmur, real name Drew Gabbert, is a dark ambient musician, wouldn’t be really giving him enough credit. He’s more of a sculptor of sound. On Field Study…Gabbert takes recordings of himself playing guitar and all sorts of other instruments and objectsContinue reading “Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes”

Francie Moon – All The Same

Francie Moon completely obliterates all expectations with the expanded cassette release of All The Same. The New Jersey band kicks the tape off with a sludgy acid rocker that Bardo Pond would be proud of (“First Wave”), and then spirals off into a variety of contrasting directions, like laid-back dub grooves (“Dear Love”), or etherealContinue reading “Francie Moon – All The Same”

The Other Sun – Horizon Between The Eyes

The Other Sun have collected a wide variety of vastly different sounds and moods and Frankensteined them together into a wholly unique creation, and squeezed it all onto this single tape. The Swedish group’s EP, Horizon Between The Eyes shivers with a barbed darkness that feels like a stranger to this reality. The band takes Soundgarden-esque, whiskey-soakedContinue reading “The Other Sun – Horizon Between The Eyes”