Fate for Breakfast by Art Garfunkel

Columbia Records, 1979 A1. In a Little While (I’ll Be on my Way)A2. Since I Don’t Have YouA3. And I KnowA4. Sail on a RainbowA5. Miss You NightsB1. Finally Found a ReasonB2. Beyond the TearsB3. Oh How HappyB4. When Someone Doesn’t Want YouB5. Take Me Away Gotta say, this was a fun find in Amoeba’s dollar bin many years ago. It is marked for Demonstration: … Continue reading Fate for Breakfast by Art Garfunkel

Ngaiire Sings from the Deepest Parts of Herself

Last year, Ngaiire returned with an astounding record, known simply as 3. The artist née Ngaiire (rhymes with diary) Joseph hails from Papua New Guinea and happened to create my favorite album of 2016, Blastoma; her 2021 record was no less impressive. She told NME that she was particularly focused on creating complex harmonies and backing vocals, and that’s only one detail (and fairly minor … Continue reading Ngaiire Sings from the Deepest Parts of Herself

Team Me – “Green Crystal Rain on a Star”

This Norwegian group has been a favorite of mine for over a decade, and they are the epitome of youthful bliss. Their music always takes me all the way back, way before I started listening to their music, back to when I was just a kid fumbling around in a world I had yet to understand (not that I’ve figured it out since then). Team … Continue reading Team Me – “Green Crystal Rain on a Star”

HANDSOME and St. South – “Blame (St. South remix)”

HANDSOME is a martyr. The original “Blame” single was ripe for a remix, with all its distinct electronic elements and enveloping vocals. What was it missing, you may be asking? Chops and drops. Though they’re not exactly drops, just exciting build-up to a wonderful jaunt in the park. Regardless, thanks, St. South! I’ll be adding to my party playlist which I listen to as I … Continue reading HANDSOME and St. South – “Blame (St. South remix)”

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

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

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