Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405.  The newest release on earnest Ontario label Other Songs is a fitting welcome for winter. I felt lucky to finally experience it myself when I left the desert to visit the midwest this past weekend. Snow fell for an hour in Minneapolis on my final day in the city; the neighborhood where I was staying was quiet save for … Continue reading Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

Music for Films represents a distinct era of Eno

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405 as part of a four-part retrospective honoring the recent re-issues of several of Brian Eno’s back catalog. View this archived article here.  Brian Eno knows a unique level of fame. He has worked with innumerable other prolific musicians, having been close friends with characters such as David Bowie, Robert Fripp, and David Byrne. He has produced for the mega-famous … Continue reading Music for Films represents a distinct era of Eno

Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405. A mustachioed Duncan Nielsen is the mind behind DONCAT, having begun the project about six years ago. His last full-length effort was called Easy Cowboy, which demonstrated a more pastoral take on his evocative style of indie rock. Preservation may be more succinct than its predecessor but the emotion it channels is arguably more potent, once again able to … Continue reading Life-sized imagery brings DONCAT’s new Preservation of the Spirit LP to life

Gain a fresh perspective with Odessey & Oracle’s new album, Speculatio

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Speculatio boasts a melting pot of influences, maintaining its heavy flutes and harps while introducing beeps and hums that change the album’s perspective. Even with my limited knowledge of French, it is evident that motifs in the lyrics also tie into the conspicuously psychedelic instrumentation. The story on this concept album is bookended with goddesses … Continue reading Gain a fresh perspective with Odessey & Oracle’s new album, Speculatio

Hēran Soun Is a Traveling Bard Just Now Finding His Voice

Originally appeared on the 405; view archived article here.  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 … Continue reading Hēran Soun Is a Traveling Bard Just Now Finding His Voice

Death, Rebirth, and Russia: A Conversation with Samuel Proffitt

Originally appeared on the 405; view archived article here.  Samuel Proffitt’s new EP, Good Death, is the embodiment of introspection. The musician is currently working on a PhD at Brown University for Slavic Studies, and, as he describes in the interview below, he actively incorporates his research into his music. It may sound dense, but in reality, Good Death flutters weightlessly. Every moment is filled … Continue reading Death, Rebirth, and Russia: A Conversation with Samuel Proffitt

LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

Photo Credit: Kevin Vinh Doan  Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  A warning should come on Mating Ritual’s new record—like a Parental Advisory sticker, but spicier. It could resemble a chili pepper or a flame, or another universally accepted symbol for heat. That is, of course, because the LA-based duo’s third LP is a cache of Hot Content; fans can get their … Continue reading LA’s Mating Ritual delivers new album Hot Content and preps for North American tour

Royal Teeth Prove Themselves With New Single “Show You What I Can Do” 

Originally appeared on the 405, with the title The 405 Meets Royal Teeth; view archived article here. We all have something to prove, whether just to ourselves or to society in general. On that note, Louisiana-based Royal Teeth have a lot to say with their new single, “Show You What I Can Do.” It features a fiery verse from the force that is Tunde Olaniran, … Continue reading Royal Teeth Prove Themselves With New Single “Show You What I Can Do” 

The Essential Future Playlist Originally appeared on the 405, as part of an ongoing Essential Playlists series.  Nayvadius Wilburn has always been a polarizing figure. There is no artist alive that could rival his output, which these days averages out to about three mixtapes a year. His vocal style ignited a firestorm that still rages today in music criticism, but regardless of what any useless … Continue reading

Get your calcium with the Gothic Tropic remix of Alex Lilly’s “2% Milk” Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Two of the coolest people in LA have collaborated on a new remix, revealed today. Alex Lilly’s recent album, 2% Milk, features ominous thumping synths from the start. Gothic Tropic’s re-work makes it a thousand times groovier. The remix comes ahead of Lilly’s … Continue reading