Kristine England

Jan 31, 2022

Yard Act

INDISPENSABLE NEW MUSIC PICKS

January 2022

Kristine England

January 31, 2022

Yard Act

The Overload

At first listen, this seemed reminiscent of the Fall (never a bad thing), yet Yard Act's documentation of discontent is certainly very contemporary.  The reviews are in, and consensus says this band's debut lives up to the hype.

"The Overload"

Fickle Friends

Are We Gonna Be Alright?

Catchy pop tunes exploring the monotony and uncertainty of living through a pandemic. In other words, it's relatable and listenable. Why not?

"Yeah Yeah Yeah"

Fazer

Plex

Munich's kraut-jazz quintet has released its latest after signing a new deal with City Slang. The rhythm section is particularly engaging, but trumpeter Matthias Lindermayr is firmly in the spotlight here.

"Cuentro"

Anna von Hausswolff

Live At Montreaux Jazz Festival

The vocals! The vocals! The epic, cinematic sweep of the music, the drama, and the incredible vocals! The Swedish singer delivers in this recording of her 2018 Montreaux performance. The rest of the band is up to the task too. For those who love prog...

"The Truth, the Glow, the Fall"

Steve Roach 

Zones, Drones & Atmospheres

Music to drift through the cosmos by (as if the album and song titles weren't enough of a clue).  

"Holding Light"

Anna Ash

Sleeper

As if the pandemic weren't enough to contend with, Michigan-born singer Ash fled to California only to have to face the fear and tragedy of sweeping wildfires. A haunting song.

"Fire Season"

EELS

Extreme Witchcraft

Buzzing guitars and self-deprecating humor...what's not to like?

"Good Night On Earth"

Canyon City

Matinee

Paul Johnson, a.k.a. Canyon City, has released his latest six-track EP, Matinee, a collection of sparse and contemplative folk ballads -- sounds to soothe the soul. 

"So Are We"