Following their 2012 self-titled debut, bassist Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree fame) and guitarist Jon Durant have teamed up once again as the progressive jazz duo called Burnt Belief. “Précis”, a track off of the duo’s forthcoming Etymology LP, is an inviting and knotty instrumental that displays a keen ear for melody and, most importantly, a nuanced understanding of groove and rhythm. A nocturnal, electro-jazzy number, “Précis” is an ideal taste of what’s to come on Etymology.
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The Toronto trio Ménage’s name suggests a certain sensuality about its music. But as attested by the band’s latest tune, “Love Song”, there’s also a tenderness and sadness to the music as well. “Love Song”, which is structured as a duet around a love that has since been lost, is an emotionally resonant number for anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak before.
“Afternoon Sun”, the lead track off of Control, the third album by the Brooklyn group Dinosaur Feathers, opens with a percussive sound quite similar to the one that opens the Knife’s “We Share Our Mother’s Health.” From there, things only get progressively kookier, as one might expect from a band called Dinosaur Feathers. From the “All She Wants to Do is Dance” drums of “Zeitgeist” to the faux Motown vibes of “Anything You Want”, Control is a delightful cornucopia of the odd. After all, it’s not often that a group from Brooklyn—a place that seems incapable of not producing new music constantly—comprised of two white guys goes to “look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance”. But, then again, Dinosaur Feathers are anything but a normal group.
“Reel it In”, a tune by the new project of Nikhil P. Yerawadekar called Low Mentality, is a fairly typical summer song. Twangy, clean notes on electric guitar open up the song, and the buoyant mood of the song very clearly resonates with the spirit of the Beach Boys. All of this is curious, then, given the song’s September 30th release, where it is being released as a 7” single (available on digital and vinyl). Summer began its yearly recess for the New York-based Yerawadekar a few weeks ago. However, one look at the goofy video for “Reel it In” will make obvious its all-seasons appeal.
Vocalist Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/MC Action J, who go by the name Fly Moon Royalty as a recording duo, have taken up a reasonably lofty task as far as cover versions go: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ubiquitous “Baby Got Back.” While Meghan Trainor caused a minor frenzy this summer with her take on the derriere-centric dance number, Fly Moon Royalty has offered up something quite interesting. The duo’s version of “Baby Got Back” takes a different turn than Mix-a-Lot’s vivacious original; with its minimalist arrangements (a beat and some non-intrusive electronics) and Adra Boo’s fierce vocals, the song takes on a slightly dark edge, but one that still highlights the comedic aspects of the lyrics.
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