Bambara's second release on Wharf Cat Records isn't a radical departure from the first, 2018's Shadow on Everything, but it is most certainly a refinement. Active for over a decade, the Brooklyn-based trio's sound has evolved from shadowy noise rock to a much more focused, direct sort of gothic post-punk, foregrounding Reid Bateh's bitter, brutal lyrics about seedy characters who constantly seem to be one wrong move away from a horrible, unforgiving...Read more
As a musician who has passionately advocated for American roots music since the Blasters released their first album in 1980, Dave Alvin is widely regarded as a traditionalist, which is not as accurate as it would seem at first glance. Alvin grew up on free jazz, psychedelia, and hard rock along with the blues, rockabilly, country, and jump jazz sounds that inform his best-known work, and his project The Third Mind is a step outside his usual boundaries...Read more
Micah Visser, the mind behind Boniface , is a strategic and eloquent storyteller. The album is an unguarded, autobiographical account of Visser's most precious and challenging moments. The music doesn't just shine, it reveals the individual struggle of "growing up, moving on, and everything that happens in between," says Visser. The album opens with "Waking Up in Suburbia," a minimalist piano ballad, peppered with touches of strings. The star of the...Read more
On this record, Boyd crafts grooves ranging from afro-beat to house to trap to grime, weaving jazz virtuosity and fluidity in around a spacious electric backdrop. Obviously lead by a drummer, these beats are mixed front and centre, the focal point around which the whole album coalesces. It takes a drummer to write a one note afro-beat melody, but if it slaps, it slaps! Whereas his skills as a percussion prodigy are in full view, this record also showcases...Read more
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