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#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

Songs like the sly piano bass line of modern jazz noodle “S Mitchell St,” (again showcasing some crazy Parker drumming), the crazy overdriven runs of bee-bopping “Change Of Pace,” with Cotelo coming across as a true standout guitar wailer, and ender “That Sums it Up,” one of the best melodies here for me, round out the album as a standout jazz piece.

Proud Creatures: Opening Creature

Proud Creatures: Opening Creature

One could call what Todd Brozman’s Proud Creatures solo moniker delivers psychedelic electronica/jazz/ambient…or one could just enjoy the deep dive into this this 5-track EP, Opening Creature.

Tom Sless: California Dream

Tom Sless: California Dream

Six years ago, Jersey Shore-native Tom Sless moved to L.A. Playing around the sunny city, honing his songwriting and playing with performing and schooling (and coming out just when this album did), he has now found his California Dream.

Tangerine Dream: Recurring Dreams

Tangerine Dream: Recurring Dreams

Tangerine Dream Recurring Dreams (Kscope Import) For over 50 years, Tangerine Dream has given us hundreds of albums ranging from the experimental […]

The Outlaws: Dixie Highway

The Outlaws: Dixie Highway

Ever since their ‘comeback’ eight years ago, America icon band, The Outlaws, have been mining such a hard rock, southern-grown resilience their fans have taken to calling them, ‘Southern Rock’s Last Band Standing.’ Along with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Allman Brothers, and Blackfoot, the Outlaws carved their own way up into the hearts and minds of popular rock, laying out more of that southern sound so unique to all these bands who could mix boogie woogie, swamp and downhome blues in such an American fashion.

Jonathan Eads: Under the Veneer

Jonathan Eads: Under the Veneer

Gathering together a 10-song collection made of sounds from field recordings taken after a large snowstorm mixed with a set of sample-based instruments, Jonathan Eads’ presents Under the Veneer. An accomplished musician who studied classical and jazz guitar extensively, “Jeads,” as Eads calls himself here, recently moved to a forest outside of Bellingham Washington, the new location providing as much a fresh source of inspiration as a ‘cacophony’ of natural sounds for him to capture. Using these, with his main instrument an old rusty music box, the ten ambient pieces are certaintly unique.

Zilla: Zilla With Her Eyes Shut

Zilla: Zilla With Her Eyes Shut

Parisian-in-London Zilla reveals an unmistakable singular vision across the dozen songs that make up her new Zilla With Her Eyes Shut. Sampling bottles, hairpins, blowing through the pages of a book, this is an interesting mix of arpeggiating soundscapes mixed with Zilla’s high warble.

Seneko: Soul Numbers

Seneko: Soul Numbers

Seneko’s new Soul Numbers, is the 3rd EP release in four years from the rockin’ folky singer/songwriter Stan Olshefski and his band; Tim Denbo on bass, David Dorn manning keys, Dave Racine on drums, and Jon Conley playing guitars. The stellar backing vocal support from Kendra Chantelle, Nicole Boggs, Maureen Murphy (really making this music unique, I feel) infuse these five tunes beautifully, rendering the entire little collection perfect.

Todd Warner Moore: Path Overgrown

The title track here starts off this dozen. It’s a lilting, acoustic guitar-led ode, sweet single note electric guitar lines from Roberto Diana and backing vocals from Leah Hart and Nicole Stella filling it out. The acoustic guitar leading weaves through the Latin-like shuffle of “Little Cobra,” while Moore manages his sweetest picking of the first half of Path Overgrown on the wonderful ballad “Buildings.” I like this one especially, again Moore mixing his expression-filled voice with his backing vocalists and weaving some strings into the sadness

Magical Beasts: Yes, My Love, I Am Reaching

Magical Beasts: Yes, My Love, I Am Reaching

Chicago’s Magical Beasts band (the core of the band is Nathan Paulus, John Herbst and Josh Miller) has just released this 6-song, Yes, My Love, I Am Reaching. Claiming what we get here are “the dynamics between Love, Sex, deep Yearning, and various forms of Union…” what certainly comes clear is that this trio, with some solid musicians backing them, have the laconic modern-folk thing down.

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