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Marc-E: Catharsis

Marc-E Catharsis (Marc-E) Marc-E, a music producer and performer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, mixes electronic samples, traditional instruments, and organic drum rhythms. His new album, Catharsis, wraps the listener in some wonderful soundscapes you are not soon to forget. Opener “Acceptance” slowly betrays its 70’s-like melody of slow More...

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By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 24th, 2021
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Hasten Mercy: Hasten Mercy

Hasten Mercy Hasten Mercy (Global Heist Recordings/Neurodisc Records) “Star You Are,” with its kinetic backbeat piano and driving percussion kicks us off on Hasten Mercy’s self-titled EP. These 3-songs More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
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My Autumn Amor: Quiet Girl

My Autumn Amor Quiet Girl (My Autumn Amor) Los Angeles-based songwriter Thomas Monroe AKA My Autumn Amor, gives us his new EP Quiet Girl. What we get here is a truly singular sound from Monroe, as much from More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, December 20th, 2021
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Beo String Quartet: Ghosts Revisited

Beo String Quartet Ghosts Revisited (Neukraft Records) From classical masterpieces, contemporary pieces, and original progressive rock, the full range of Pittsburgh’s Beo String Quartet is impossible to label. More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 17th, 2021
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Elliot Cole: Journals (vol. 1)

Elliot Cole Journals (vol. 1) (Long Echo Music) Elliot Cole presents the four pieces of his Journals (vol. 1) here. Enlisting Jordan Dodson on guitar and Gabriel Cabezas on cello, we get some well-played, deeply More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
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Magnum Dopus: Suburbanova

Magnum Dopus Suburbanova (Space Mall Records) A keyboard soundscape gives way to plucked piano and big snares on Tennessee-based Magnum Dopus “8PM,” the opener on the band’s new full-length Suburbanova. More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, December 6th, 2021
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Vannon: Desert of Our Dreams

Vannon Desert of Our Dreams (Vannon) Oakland heavy metal-er’s Vannon throws us into Desert of Our Dreams, with their new album. Off the scary soundscape of opener “Call Up A Storm,” we get the balls-to-the-wall More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 3rd, 2021
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Hippy: Falling in Love with Being Alive

Hippy Falling in Love with Being Alive (Hippy) A funky electric and chunky beat of “Consistently Inconsistent” begins Glasgow-based duo Hippy’s Falling in Love with Being Alive. Singer Paul Hipson and More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
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Celebrity Warship Culture: Recreational Everything

Celebrity Warship Culture Recreational Everything (Celebrity Warship Culture) The moaning slow bent string plodding of “Recreational Everything” begins Celebrity Warship Culture’s new album of the same More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
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Brainsqueezed: I Am Not a Robot

Brainsqueezed I Am Not a Robot (Brainsqueezed) An excellent percussion bed, wailing guitar and harmonica, get us into the high-flying groove opener “More,” from Brainsqueezed’s new full-length I Am Not More...