From behind the fanfare of electropop and indie rock, another scene is bubbling up to the surface. Fronted by composers like Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, and Edgar Meyer, acoustic instrumental compositions are seeing a return to the forefront.
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Once upon a time, Liverpool’s Howie Payne fronted the Stands. Through the band’s short lifespan of three years between 2002 and 2005, they’d garnered the attention of Noel Gallagher and supported Oasis in concert multiple times. The cult following they’d received from the exposure netted them five consecutive Top 40 hits on the UK charts.
Squalus combines elements of progressive rock, punk plus various and sundry corners of heavy music in a breathtakingly expansive sound displayed on the California outfit’s debut album, The Great Fish, out September 15 via Translation Loss. Squalus draws its members from the now defunct Giant Squid: Aaron John Gregory, Andrew Southard, Bryan Beeson and Zack Farwell have thrown their collective shoulders into this new collective with rich enthusiasm.
Trombonist Ryan Keberle and his quintet Catharsis are one of the most versatile “jazz” groups in New York today. And not what you might expect. Featuring vocalist/guitarist Camila Meza, the band uses riveting contrapuntal arrangement for horns to frame songs that communicate directly. This new video is for Keberle’s take on the Beatles song “The Fool on the Hill” from the protest album, Find the Common, Shine a Light, released earlier this summer on Greenleaf Music.
“‘Wanted’ is about public image and the human gaze,” says Becca Richardson of her latest single.
“For the video, I played with the idea of personifying the gaze into this antagonist who is haunting me and manipulating my image, restraining my body at times, putting their fingers on me and leaving a mark.”
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