Five years after the astounding album Penelope, the latest song cycle by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider takes its inspiration from the work of writer and artist Nathaniel Bellows, depicting a childhood upbringing in Massachusetts that veers between the beautiful, haunting, and surreal, where discoveries abound. Because that’s, in reality, what it’s actually like when you’re a kid.
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Semi Precious is the brainchild of Southeast London musician Guy Baron, who released a well-received self-titled debut EP last year. He’s now following that up with When We Talk, a new collaboration with acclaimed producer Matthew Herbert that aims at creating short bedroom pop vignettes that explore the dreamier, more pop-oriented side of electronic music.
The best thing about good powerpop is the immediacy of its rewards. When a musician totally nails a powerpop tune, it connects instantly, which is exactly what happens on Shane Tutmarc‘s wonderfully humorous new single “So Hard to Make an Easy Getaway”, which brilliantly echoes classic Nick Lowe in both lyrical wit and infectious melody.
Progressive rock guitarist and composer Jane Getter is preparing to release her new album On this fall, a lavish record featuring not only her own formidable talents but collaborations with a host of acclaimed musicians from the jazz and rock world. Among her collaborators is Living Colour singer Corey Glover, who turns in a superb vocal performance on the dreamy eight-minute composition “Surprised”.