Cuneiform Records is known for housing some of the most enjoyable experimental acts around, and Chicago rock/avant-progressive quartet Cheer-Accident is no exception. Formed over 30 years ago by drummer Thymme Jones (and completed by Jeff Libersher, Amelie Morgan, Dante Kester, and a “revolving cast of collaborators”), the group never fails to deliver peculiar yet gripping sequences bursting with vibrant instrumentation and inventive movements. As its title suggests, the band’s upcoming eighteenth LP, Putting Off Death, finds them keen to prove precisely how poised and, well, progressive they remain following a six-year hiatus since 2011’s No Ifs, Ands or Dogs. Luckily, the band’s newest single from the LP, “Immanence”, does a fantastic job of showcasing that.
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We are pleased to provide a stream of the first Jesters of Destiny release in 30 years, The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown, out April 7 from Ektro Records. Making new music wasn’t difficult for Jesters Bruce Duff and Ray Violet, though the founding masterminds admit they were perplexed by the emergence of new sounds after all this time.
The pair began the writing cycle for The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown independently and without a central goal in mind. When they realized that the songs contained the classic sense of Jesters-style eclecticism, they agreed to work on the third installment in their long and winding story.
Adriane Pontecorvo: Feist could have gone the way of so many indie singer-songwriters, mellowing out and settling down into easy money singles after a Top 100 hit. “Pleasure” is yet another release that proves that she hasn’t. With a spare and growling guitar and vocals that murmur, strain, and belt with abandon as fits the occasion, Feist is a dynamic blues rocker with a biting edge, juxtaposing heavy twang with aching spaces. She pushes the limits of her voice as she hits high notes and switches ably between eerie and exuberant. It’s been six years since Metals, and it’s great to hear Feist back and in as fine form as ever. [9/10]
Coming from a musical family in Edmonton, Canadian soulstress Tanika Charles was encouraged by her talented brother to begin singing and recording. Charles grew up singing, but never considered it as a possible career. However, the encouragement helped unleash her latent musical abilities. After a move to Toronto, Charles began working within the musical community there, and she has risen to be one of the leading lights in the Toronto soul scene and Canada at large.