Archives for January 2017

Interview with Brandy Butler

It’s so good to chat with you about your music and the meaning behind it.  Speaking of which, when thinking of the phrase 'Truth in art', what does this mean to you? I think that is a loaded, big phrase. There are lots of truths, and lots of different kinds of art, so it’s hard to be all-encompassing and yet specific. However, I think … [Read more...]

Eric Frisch – “The Light Ahead”

The New York City-based Eric Frisch goes for a throwback '50s-‘60s approach on his album Music Under Sea, which surfaced last month.  Combining the retro with the modern throughout, Music Under Sea has yielded three singles, two of which have accompanying videos.  Frisch plays everything on the LP, except for drums provided by David Cornejo.  … [Read more...]

Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Women

Although many had actively willed Mick Harvey to deliver more of his masterful Serge Gainsbourg songbook makeovers after 1995’s Intoxicated Man and 1997’s Pink Elephants proved to be so illuminating and enduring, perhaps few of us really expected another volume in the acclaimed series, let alone two, twenty or so years on.  Although the risk of … [Read more...]

Les Bohem – “Fancy Footwork”

LA-based singer-songwriter Les Bohem is a veteran of many talents, in and outside of the music field.  In the 1980s he was a member of the bands Gleaming Spires and Sparks. Bohem took to screenwriting after those bands broke up, a career that has hit numerous highs, including the screenplay he wrote for the award-winning film Twenty Bucks, … [Read more...]

Jane In Space – self-titled

Listening to the ten tracks on this eponymous debut album from the New York-based trio Jane In Space, I thought about what any other listeners might make of it as, seemingly with each individual track, another influence would make its presence known, lurking more or less quietly at the back of the mixing desk which Jane In Space recorded their … [Read more...]

Australian Testing Labs Inc. – Music For Aircooled Motoring

Although Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth and Deep Distance imprints were set-up - in parallel to The Great Pop Supplement label’s kaleidoscopic but now-defunct operations - to respectively capture the sounds of minimal-wave electronica and all shades of krautrock, the borders between both enterprises have become increasingly porous.  Which is … [Read more...]

Ivanna – Leaving Town

Invanna is the new moniker of the Swedish band previously known as Dolly Daggers and The Modern Love that started out in 2001.  Along with the name change comes a difference in sound with a switch from '80s-influenced pop-rock stylings to more acoustic-based arrangements.  Ludvig Sersam (vocals, guitar) composed and produced Invanna’s inaugural … [Read more...]

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Thorin Loeks hails from the Yukon, but is currently residing in Vancouver.  He released his debut album, Thirsty Hearts, in the middle of 2016 and it deeply reflects Loeks’ experiences and outlook on the journey called life. Loeks’s geographical voyages have taken him through and from Canada … [Read more...]

Piano Magic – Closure

Although 2012's Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet was to have been Piano Magic’s swansong LP, its title hid a get-back-together clause in plain sight.  With leader Glen Johnson having recently endured the end of a long-term relationship and the death of his father, the need for expansive catharsis that potentially only Piano Magic could channel, … [Read more...]