Best Songs of 2020: 10. Alina Bea

Best Songs of 202010. Alina Bea – “Never” You Will Learn was a long time coming, and when I finally sat down with it, “Never” knocked me over like a ton of bricks. One thing I can always expect from Alina Bea is the unexpected. Alina Bea | SnG coverage | order You Will Learn | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | … Continue reading Best Songs of 2020: 10. Alina Bea

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Hēran Soun Is a Traveling Bard Just Now Finding His Voice

Originally appeared on the 405.  When you listen to the latest single from Jamie Turner, aka Hēran Soun (say: hee-ran soon), the first thing to strike you is its myriad delicate sounds. Nuance is in surplus on both of his current tracks, “I Offer and the debut Barricade,” both of which feature on his just-released debut EP, Cambridge. For a classically trained musician, this approach … Continue reading Hēran Soun Is a Traveling Bard Just Now Finding His Voice

Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here. Pop music is no stranger to indifference—well, that’s how it may seem on the surface. In late 2011, Drake revealed the title track of his then-forthcoming record, Take Care, which was a tender declaration of love and not a passive aggressive goodbye, as the title may suggest. The following year, Icona Pop and Charli XCX had … Continue reading Caring is not creepy, smileswithteeth declares with new LP

Traverse mystic landscapes in Kan Wakan’s new clip for “Effigy” + “I Would (Reprise)” Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Music by Kan Wakan inspires feelings of wonder. Nature and spirituality seem to mingle on Phantasmagoria vol. 1, and in his new video, that sentiment is taken literally. There isn’t much left to learn about the planet that satellites haven’t revealed, but … Continue reading

We posted a lot of music in August. To make it easier to listen without having to click back and forth between posts, we made three playlists using all music (available on Soundcloud) that graced the blog in the past 31 days. The playlists are curated with attention to genre and feeling. This one is: YELLOWexperimental, pop, orchestral, left-field electronica, freakfolk Source: SoundCloud / Sawdust and … Continue reading

Her Own Imposter: A Conversation with Dresage

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  “Do you ever feel like you’re just an impersonation of yourself?” Keeley Bumford, an LA-based musician who goes by the moniker Dresage, peers at me over a cup of coffee as I fumble with my phone. We’re discussing the use of visuals in her new project, and I’m trying to show her a music video, though … Continue reading Her Own Imposter: A Conversation with Dresage

sawdustandgin: Best Albums of 2017 Drawn by me.  1. Violents and Monica Martin – Awake and Pretty Much Sober Pen, pastels. album review | buy Awake and Pretty Much Sober | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud 2. Kacey Johansing – The Hiding Pencil.  album review | buy The Hiding | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | … Continue reading

Ambient is the Spirit of Music

sngalbums: Úlfur The world finds itself fortunate to experience new records by Alessandro Cortini and Úlfur side by side. Their simultaneous creation is coincidental, as well as their nearby release dates, but in tandem they unlock the interminable beauty of the quotidian. Walk outside when the sun is highest. Close your eyes and let the shadows of trees flicker the light shining through your eyelids. … Continue reading Ambient is the Spirit of Music