Month: March 2015

Herbie Hancock – Sextant

The past year or so has been indelibly marked by my foray into the world of jazz—primarily late-1950s hard-bop through early 70s jazz fusion thus far. My relative novice understanding and experience with jazz certainly makes me uncertified to truly examine this music, but Herbie Hancock’s 1973 album, Sextant, is one that I have definitely taken notice of. (more…)

Kinit Her – The Poet & The Blue Flower

Wisconsin’s Kinit Her was initially slated to open for Luxembourg’s Rome’s Californian tour dates; however, for their own reasons they were unable to. Having discovered them as a result of this tour announcement, I was greatly disappointed. Alas, a new musical discovery came out of this situation, which offers a fresh and unique experience. The Poet & The Blue Flower was my entry into the inexplicable world of Kinit Her. Their unique brand of neofolk is surely worth attention. (more…)

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Code – Mut

Time and time again I have listened to this album, Mut, from UK based band Code, and I still can’t believe what I am hearing. Code has been around for a long time, Mut being their fourth full length album, and the second album with vocalist Wacian. Rather than following their roots that contained many elements of black and avant-garde metal, Code has instead switched it up with Mut and are now playing an eerie, strangely mysterious progressive post-rock hybrid of music that I find uninteresting for the most part. (more…)

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Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

It does not seem that long ago that The Raven That Refused to Sing (Among Other Stories) made a resounding impact in progressive rock back in 2013. Two years later and Steven Wilson has returned with another release titled Hand. Cannot. Erase. This album leaves the “retro” progressive rock sound of its predecessor and explores generally more modern sounds. Fans of Wilson’s other band Porcupine Tree—currently on hiatus—should find much to enjoy here. Strands of the Porcupine Tree sound are sprinkled throughout Hand. Cannot. Erase., even to the point where some riffs or segments sound a little familiar. (more…)

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Tralalí Lalá – Tramontana

Tralalí Lalá’s first full-length album was an album I have definitely been looking forward to since I discovered them—actually they discovered me by randomly following me on Twitter. Their self-titled debut EP demonstrated profound potential for this trip-hop trio out of Mexico City and Tramontana places them as the beacon of the future for Mexican underground music, yet a disclaimer of my ignorance of Mexican underground music is required. (more…)

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Tim Coster – Waterfront Cities

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Tim Coster is a musician from Australia who mainly deals with ambient soundscapes created by synthesizers. I stumbled across Waterfront Cities while searching through Bandcamp, and was pretty impressed by what I had heard. (more…)

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