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Vajra: Irkalla

Vajra: Irkalla

Annamaria Pinna

Countless Thousand: Triumph of Justice

Countless Thousand: Triumph of Justice

This genre of music, whatever it is (certainly not 70’s prog, the genre from which I judge all other music) is not my cup-of- tea. But I’m damn impressed over the Triumph of Justice, and can’t recommend it enough.

Astralseid: Shamanic Love

Astralseid: Shamanic Love

Astralseid’s music is created in what is described by their press as an “earthen cabin, situated on an organic mountain-farm in Western Norway,” and these four of Shamanic Love do sound otherworldly and mostly disconnected from popular genre and commercialism. “Tribal Ambient” anyone?

GNL Zamba: The Spear

GNL Zamba: The Spear

Ernest Tulye Nsimbi Lupiazitta Zamba—has enjoyed a career spanning over a decade, has released super popular albums in his home country, and boasts over 50 music awards. As Founder of the Baboon Forest brand, GNL Zamba shares himself beyond the stage and studio creating global platforms and opportunities to empower local communities. He is also an advocate for the environment, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur.

Hadnot Creek: Hard World

Hadnot Creek: Hard World

Satire and silliness, tinged with pathos is not easy to manage, all in well-sounding tunes. Hadnot Creek does a great job of delivering all this and more on Hard World.

Lord Sonny the Unifier: All New Information

Lord Sonny the Unifier: All New Information

This noisy (in a great way) overdriven wacky musical making outfit is led by Gregory Jiritano. He and his players deliver a punk, space-rock, slightly Brechtian musical brew across these four.

Nick Campbell Destroys: Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine

Nick Campbell Destroys: Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine

Nick Campbell Destroys addresses our little worldwide COVID-19 hiccup on his new 3-song EP Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine. A well-respected electric bassist, Campbell found his live music-making as well as his in-studio work curtailed in the quarantine.

Here he offers a trio of tunes composed and recorded, mainly in his bedroom.

Norine Braun: December Falls

Norine Braun: December Falls

The shunky beat, softly strummed guitar and sweetly layered atmospheric noodles of various wind instruments inform “Solstice (This Day the Sun Stands Still),” the opening track of Norine Braun’s new holiday offering December Falls.

Idiot Grins: Thoughts & Prayers

Idiot Grins: Thoughts & Prayers

Americana rock and soul band Idiot Grins’ 4th full-length album is a song-for-song recreation of the Louvin Brother’s 1959 classic Satan Is Real, that they have titled Thoughts & Prayers. Here the Oakland California band of piano/organ player Mike Conner, Evan Eustis on bass, mandolin and vocals, John Hansen singing, Michael Melgoza playing drums and Randy Strauss guitars gives it a go with a stripped-down guitar/piano/bass/drums and what they call “blood harmony.”

Paul Maged: Culture War

Paul Maged: Culture War

An acoustic guitar slips and sliding under snare hits as Maged gives forth on the state of things on the ender, “When Dreams Don’t Come True.” Again, he’s trying too hard with the lyric, but as with all he manages on this, his 4th full length, the production and playing is spot-on, and like with many here, it’s a well-written tune.

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