The brainchild of New York singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey, the aptly named KINSEY dives shamelessly into the melodic and hook-oriented indie pop of A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar and emerges with an identity of its own on the charming new album My Loneliest Debut, which comes out 18 September. There’s an anything-goes quality to Kinsey’s writing that’s impossible to resist, his kitchen-sink approach making for idiosyncratic yet vibrant music.
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Suddenly finding himself evacuated from his Glasgow home after it was found to have structural damage, composer John Lemke embarked on a couch-surfing journey for the next six months with his piano and a bag of clothes. The creative result of that upheaval is the fittingly titled new album Nomad Frequencies, which comes out 25 September. Featuring his trademark minimalist piano adorned with such accoutrements as analog synths, tape echoes, and meditative tuning forks he’s created something that sounds both meditative and restless, a dynamic beautifully present on the standout track “The Unwinding”.
Evan Sawdey: I’ve been listening to Alex G’s album for about a month now, and outside of the occasional stretching-the-limits-of-tolerable-weirdness interlude, there is a basement-built sonic universe here contained in this disc, heartfelt tales married to DIY guitars and electronic sounds, finding actual soul in the intimate, the amateurish touches of effects being so deliberate and so imbued with what makes the songs great that you can’t imagine them in any other context. “Salt” is definitely a highlight, which features a picked melody line so simple that almost anyone can do it (and beginning guitarists probably stumbled across by accident), but those little background details—the warped vocals, the occasional extra guitar slide—all add to its charm. This is about as indie-sounding as indie gets, but the rewards to be reaped from it are second to none. [8/10]
My first time seeing Brooklyn heavy psych trio the Yin Yangs remains present in my mind over a year after the fact, which is something that cannot always be said for any rising act throughout the borough. I happened to be aimlessly drinking in the back of popular Bushwick venue Palisades when it happened. The Yin Yangs took the stage with a Stan Brakhage film as their backdrop and proceeded to play with enough intensity, volume and visual stimulus to encompass the entire room. They have been a live favorite ever since.
Comprised of bassist Dan Alex Rivera and drummer Andrew Hernandez, Twin Lords are set to release their debut album Devastating Planetary Shift 20 September on Handshake, Inc. As you can hear on the new track “Stoned Cutter”, the New York duo specializes in sludge/noise rock of the most visceral variety, but when you dig deeper into the song, you find it cuts—literally and figuratively—to the bone.