Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World

Perhaps for many of us, the opening introduction into Antony Hegarty’s passionate music was on the initial strands of life of “Hope There’s Someone.” Although he and his Johnsons had already developed a rich following with their self-titled effort, I Am A Bird Now flourished with emotionally-vested, brilliantly-composed forays into the human heart … [Read more...]

Hauschka – Salon des Amateurs

Striking the iron while it’s hot always seems to be one of the brightest of ideas. For musicians, many dive into a new release after an erstwhile album is still fresh in the minds of various fans. While few would be quick to say some are cashing in, it’s undoubtedly one of the best ideas that, if done well, can truly create wonders. And now, … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Two Singles and One Full Length

Amy Denio - Tutto Bene: Canzoni Sulla Fisa Spoot Music http://www.amydenio.com/ An album of accordion music? You betcha! This gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Seattle, WA has more than 43 CDs to her credit. She tours with gypsy-core band Kultur Shock and collaborates with many others. Twenty tracks of accordion music … [Read more...]

Pollyanna – On Concrete

With fine production and instrumentation, Parisian folk duo Pollyanna deftly crochet beguiling music, their labors producing wraps and fittings that dress up their quaint folk songs. Those songs need dressing because what lies underneath, at the heart of their music,  is threadbare. While On Concrete looks good from certain angles, the album left … [Read more...]

Pale White Moon – Call of the Wolf Peach

On their debut album, Call of the Wolf Peach, Pale White Moon dip their toe in shallow puddles of instrumental and chamber music. The dominant voices are guitar and cello, followed by female vocals, variations on a rhythm section, and assorted keys, namely piano and organ. While a reflective quiet runs through most of the music, this peaceful … [Read more...]