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Immortal Machinery: Bartok-ReOrganised

Immortal Machinery Bartok-ReOrganised (Immortal Machinery) A spikey, even slightly scary “Allegro Molto,” with slicing violin and super-tight snare sound, begins Immortal Machinery’s new album Bartok-ReOrganised. Steph K’s wild violin flights are matched with slowed down quieter moments at the two-minute and again four-minute mark, allowing More...

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By Ralph Greco On Monday, July 12th, 2021

Gary Craig: Yesterday Into Day

Gary Craig Yesterday Into Day (Gary Craig) Gary Craig claims that most of the songs on his new Yesterday Into Day album were written by a “younger me,” although most of the lyrics reveal deep insight into More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, July 9th, 2021

Barista: Open Sesame Vol 2: Press Rewind

Barista Open Sesame Vol 2: Press Rewind (Monoplay) The sprawling Istanbul-based rock project Barista, comes from Bahadır Han Eryılmaz. His sprawling Open Sesame, presented in five volumes (yes, 5!), embraces More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Wise John: A Wonderful World

Wise John A Wonderful World (Wise John) A tentative jazzy piano floats behind the delicate voice of Wise John as he opens his album, A Wonderful World with “Won’t Somebody Let This Caged Bird Fly?” Although More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Echo Us: The Windsong Spires

Echo Us The Windsong Spires (Echo Us) With sweeping keys, high fluty-sounds, and echo-y vocals, Echo Us presents “We Seek the Descending Levers,” the opener of The Windsong Spires. This one gets a good head More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Patrick Ames: The Virtualistics

Patrick Ames The Virtualistics (Patrick Ames) Patrick Ames set himself up with an interesting challenge, certainly informed by our times, for The Virtualistics. Ames writing the eight songs here, saw a good More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, June 28th, 2021

Mike Gale: Twin Spirit

Mike Gale Twin Spirit (Baboo Records) A plucky, circa-1920’s piano and effected restricted-speaker vocal inform “Don’t Mind The Weather,” the opener of Mike Gale’s new Twin Spirit. It follows with More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Dennis DeYoung: 26 East, Vol.2.  

Dennis DeYoung 26 East, Vol.2. (FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL) 26 East, Vol.2. marks former Styx frontman/vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Dennis DeYoung’s retirement. Thinking he was done with his “Vol.1” released More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, June 21st, 2021

Ad Vanderveen: Release

Ad Vanderveen Release (Songsense) We are in the hands of a well-reasoned production from the get-go on Amsterdam-based folk artist Ad Vanderveen’s new ten song, Release. Vanderveen produces here with Pete Fisher, More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, June 18th, 2021

Will Jackson: Songs From the Briarpatch

Will Jackson Songs From the Briarpatch (Will Jackson) An upbeat acoustic guitar and the snapping snare of “Looks Like Today” begins Will Jackson’s Songs From the Briarpatch. With just the right hint of More...