Lomond Campbell Employs the Whims of the Machine

How much can intention affect an outcome? No, I am not speaking philosophically, though I’m sure there are plenty of term papers written on the dilemma. Rather, I am referring to the miracle that is LŪP by Lomond Campbell. Obviously the music does not happen spontaneously, but how it behaves is dependent, not upon the accuracy of an instrument and its player, but rather the … Continue reading Lomond Campbell Employs the Whims of the Machine

Tama Gucci is on the Cusp of Everything

As a music journalist, I’ve perpetually disappointed friends by not knowing who is the Next Big Thing. I don’t even know what the “in” genres are anymore, though I know from countless essays that hyperpop is having a moment in the limelight. The concept is a style I’ve been fascinated by for ages, but never had a word for. The movement that began with arrhythmic, … Continue reading Tama Gucci is on the Cusp of Everything

Glass Gallery, Ideal for Projection 

We open on a pastel, multi-color fortress. The sea buffets its stone foundation from the west, while a forest shrouds the eastern entrance. The structure itself is entirely glass with not a blemish on any part of its façade, glowing from within to give the illusion of color on every translucent wall. From the wrong angle, the fortress may appear invisible, and with poor lighting, … Continue reading Glass Gallery, Ideal for Projection 

Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 2)

Alice Phoebe Lou – Glow The first of two records released by Alice Phoebe Lou in 2021, Glow is filled with yearning. The South African artist discusses matters of the heart among cool, sparse soft rock. Vocals on the title track have a sassy lilt that embraces the guitar progression, all of which amounts to Lou’s brand of psych rock. There is much beauty in simplicity, … Continue reading Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 2)

Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 1)

Bryan Away – Canyons to Sawdust On the pastoral Canyons and Sawdust, Bryan Away’s storytelling is given the perfect stage. Among the tales he sings is a nod to Ingmar Bergman’s miniseries (you may know its adaptation with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) and that track’s direct foil, the jaunty “Scenes from a Wedding.” The title of Away’s summer LP derives from an analogy in an … Continue reading Best Albums of 2021, 11-20 (part 1)

Cambria and Its “Wild Sea” Inspired New Dresage Music Video & Terror Nights / Terror Days EP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Photo by Michael Lincoln, color by Yasi. Keeley Bumford knows what it’s like to gather your courage and face fear head-on. Her EP Terror Nights / Terror Days describes the very anxieties that have made her falter in years past, yet the release has a triumphant end. The Los Angeles musician and producer also known as Dresage begins the release with “Who I Am,” where … Continue reading Cambria and Its “Wild Sea” Inspired New Dresage Music Video & Terror Nights / Terror Days EP

Torii Wolf Bares Their Teeth (and Soul) on Splendid Ten Billion Years EP

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Fans of Torii Wolf never have to wait long before the artist releases something new and immediately captivating. Music videos, plenty of one-off singles, and even a 4-track EP with Louymadeabanger all were part of the involuntary lead-up to their new EP; now that it’s out, Ten Billion Years has overshadowed the rest, baring Wolf’s teeth and soul.  Read more. Torii Wolf | listen to Ten … Continue reading Torii Wolf Bares Their Teeth (and Soul) on Splendid Ten Billion Years EP

Khuê’s New Pop LP Is a Vessel for Hopeful Heartache

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. When last we heard from Khuê, he had just put out two new singles, both shimmering bedroom pop anthems in their own right. Those tracks belong to an album known as In This Home We’ve Built, which already stands out as a momentous achievement for the SoCal native. This is the first solo record where he has shared his voice, as well … Continue reading Khuê’s New Pop LP Is a Vessel for Hopeful Heartache

SAULT’s Untitled (Black Is) Is a Resistance Opus

SAULT’s Untitled siblings came out three months apart in the midst of a volatile time in the US. It turned out that the pandemic had only just begun for us when the murder of George Floyd spread like wildfire, flanked by recent stories of the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Just a few weeks later, on Juneteenth, the mysterious UK group SAULT released … Continue reading SAULT’s Untitled (Black Is) Is a Resistance Opus

Finding Your Place with the Help of Ian Chang’s 属 Belonging LP

Producers often use the term “pop” loosely, and Ian Chang is no different. The drummer extraordinaire, who is a mainstay of Son Lux and Landlady and has collaborated with many other musicians, works with software called Sensory Percussion which allows him to embed myriad sounds onto simple (or complex!) drum hits. The effects he creates feel less out-of-place than a typical experimental record created with … Continue reading Finding Your Place with the Help of Ian Chang’s 属 Belonging LP