Love Guides A. harlana

When did folk music simply become “sad music” to the indie masses? Gently strummed guitars and atmospheric production can achieve a range of emotion; I do love anything that allows me to contemplate the depths of the psyche, but these sounds more often than not come from a positive place. New York songwriter A. harlana, né Juno Roome, writes lullabies about the love he has … Continue reading Love Guides A. harlana

Finding Solace in Ngaiire’s New Album, Blastoma

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  On Blastoma, Ngaiire and her collaborators Paul Mac, Jack Grace, and Megan Washington create a rich texture of sounds and sentiments. Deep synths draw you into the opening track; provide an imonious pulse in “Cruel”; and, along with a number of other gorgeous tones, even create a sense of wonder in “House on a Rock.” Mac and Grace are … Continue reading Finding Solace in Ngaiire’s New Album, Blastoma

Hopelessness in the Face of Injustice

sngalbums: If you hated Jenny Hval’s feminist commentary noted earlier on this best of the year list, you may not enjoy ANOHNI’s contribution either. Then again, if you hated Blood Bitch because the ideas were too amorphous, then Hopelessness may be exactly the album for you. To mention one without the other would be a dismissal of intersectionality in today’s music industry, but this is … Continue reading Hopelessness in the Face of Injustice

Hopelessness in the Face of Injustice

If you hated Jenny Hval’s feminist commentary noted earlier on this best of the year list, you may not enjoy ANOHNI’s contribution either. Then again, if you hated Blood Bitch because the ideas were too amorphous, then Hopelessness may be exactly the album for you. To mention one without the other would be a dismissal of intersectionality in today’s music industry, but this is not … Continue reading Hopelessness in the Face of Injustice

Jenny Hval, Feminist Vampire

sngalbums: I wouldn’t mind writing about Jenny Hval every year. The Norwegian artist has been around the block, but remains relatively quiet in a provocative niche, where industrial electronics meet political performance art. Her 2015 LP, Apocolypse, girl, was a great introduction to her work, and did make my top albums list of that year. Now she’s back on SnG due to the mastery of … Continue reading Jenny Hval, Feminist Vampire

Jenny Hval, Feminist Vampire

I wouldn’t mind writing about Jenny Hval every year. The Norwegian artist has been around the block, but remains relatively quiet in a provocative niche, where industrial electronics meet political performance art. Her 2015 LP, Apocolypse, girl, was a great introduction to her work, and did make my top albums list of that year. Now she’s back on SnG due to the mastery of form … Continue reading Jenny Hval, Feminist Vampire

LANKS and Eremin’s Newest Masterpiece

LANKS is not a new name for SnG. He was relatively under my radar for awhile, having shared some great singles but lost among the constant bombardment of new records and live shows. What made me really pay attention was an innocent tweet some months ago, declaring he would be collaborating with Andrei Eremin, a talented up and coming producer that I’ve also been following … Continue reading LANKS and Eremin’s Newest Masterpiece