Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

Glimmers is a special record that hits each note exactly, both musically and emotionally. In creating this record, Unstabile (say: un-stuh-beel), a native of Western Massachusetts, told Vanyaland, “I was more shaped by absence”: an absence of sunlight, sound, and community, they further specified. Glimmers is a response to that absence, containing all the sorrowful joy and joyful sorrow of a lonesome life. (Released on … Continue reading Glimmers of Sunlight Shine On Unstabile’s Early 2020 LP

Motherhood by No Joy is a Fiery and Unflinching Saga

Prior to last year, I was only ever tangentially familiar with No Joy. I was vague with Wait To Pleasure and slightly more accustomed to “Califone,” and so I came to know them as a general ‘rock’ band. Imagine my surprise when I read a few reviews of Motherhood that classified the band as shoegaze. (I take my quarantine drama where I can.) Granted, most … Continue reading Motherhood by No Joy is a Fiery and Unflinching Saga

Describing the Indescribable: Sundry Rock Song Stock by Yves Jarvis

Prior to his 2019 album, The Same But By Different Means, Yves Jarvis was not used to having deadlines. It was only when he signed with ANTI- that he suddenly had stakeholders in his creative process. Not that they slowed him down; he didn’t compromise on anything and completed the project on his schedule. It stands out as a wonderful record on its own, and … Continue reading Describing the Indescribable: Sundry Rock Song Stock by Yves Jarvis

Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

sngalbums: The original interview appears on Grimy Goods. The introduction is reprinted in part below. The conversation that follows is a continuation of that article.  After establishing her own rhythms, Pander Sera is ready to shake everything up again. Last spring, the Los Angeles noise artist, also known as Swan, released Bothy, a raucous explosion of percussion and wit. The sound of that record was … Continue reading Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

Caroline Rose’s Carefully Crafted Tragedy, Superstar

It’s hard to describe, but go with me on this: imagine someone beat-box imitating the sound an old record player makes when it gets to the end but doesn’t stop spinning. That is the first glorious sound on “Nothing’s Impossible,” the opening track of Superstar, the latest album by crimson hero Caroline Rose. It is wound tightly around its titular concept. It’s also an enormous … Continue reading Caroline Rose’s Carefully Crafted Tragedy, Superstar

Best Songs of 2020: 7. Henry Hall

Best Songs of 20207. Henry Hall – “John the Dog” As far as silly music goes, “John the Dog,” and frankly the rest of Neato, ranks among the best of all time. The tale of Henry Hall’s imaginary dog pal leads us down a path to frightening self-awareness and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Henry Hall | listen to Neato | website | Facebook | Twitter … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 7. Henry Hall

Best Videos of 2020: 10. Vinyl Williams

sngalbums: “Mithras” Music Video Reveals a Morsel of the Technicolor Universe on Vinyl Williams’ Azure LP Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  After the last couple weeks, I’m about ready to jettison off this planet. The successful SpaceX launch certainly makes the idea tempting. If you are similarly seeking an escape, look out for Azure, the brand new record from Vinyl Williams out now. The local … Continue reading Best Videos of 2020: 10. Vinyl Williams

Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

sngalbums: Photo by Filep Motwary. Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lefteris Moumtzis is emotionally sovereign. The Cypriot musician uses the direct English translation of his name as his moniker, which becomes the first evidence of his liberty: Freedom Candlemaker. His new record, though far from his first foray into music, is the debut under this name; called Beaming Light, it represents a … Continue reading Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Like sailors to a siren, Cathedral Bells draw in their own prey. The duo of Matt Messore and David Carey share their self-titled EP with the world today, out on Good Eye Records. What began as Messore’s bedroom pop project has flourished into well-crafted shoegaze for daydreams and late-night mischief.  Read more.  Cathedral Bells | … Continue reading Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP