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by Brice Ezell

18 Feb 2015


Dutch producer, multi-instrumentalist, and “baroque pop prince” Jacco Gardner has just announced the forthcoming release of his sophomore studio LP, Hypnophobia. This follows the 2013 release Cabinet of Curiosities. In tandem with announcing the album, Gardner dropped the spaghetti western-inflected track “Find Yourself” to give a tease of what’s to come on the full-length.

In PopMatters“Best Hopes to Break Out in 2014” piece, Alan Ranta wrote of Gardner, “It is exhilarating just to think about what’s going to happen with this kid when it all comes together, and his drive points to that inevitability happening soon.” With Hypnophobia, we’ll soon find out.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Feb 2015


The easy-going vibes of Tightropes may hearken back to the ‘70s, but those golden tones are just the starting point for what’s a vibrant and current effort by Los Angeles’ Tall Tales and the Silver Lining. As frontman Trevor Beld Jimenez describes Tightropes, “It’s not a concept album by any means, but its themes are about an everyday person’s struggles and triumphs. Musically, it’s a nod to the stuff I grew up on: Jackson Browne, Carole King, Neil Young, and also bands that I discovered on my own like Felt and the Smiths.”

by Brice Ezell

17 Feb 2015


Kin Cayo, meaning “family of small islands”, more than live up to their name. Both in rhythm and in melody they evoke an idyllic island environment, where one can put on the tunes with nothing to worry about other than keeping the piña coladas coming along. Such is true for this South Florida band’s newest track, “Wrong Guy”, which features reverbbed vocals a la Animal Collective and a swaying bass rhythm. As the song reaches its climax and the rhythm picks up, a strummed acoustic guitar enters, reinforcing the tropical vibes that emit from Kin Cayo’s songwriting.

by Brice Ezell

17 Feb 2015


The Nashville-based quintet Fable Cry identifies its music as “theatrical-scamp-rock”. Like many genre names these days, it’s a head-scratcher, to be sure, but one look at the colorful music and costuming of these musicians is more than enough to give substance to the phrase. Looking like they rolled out of an alternate version of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus reimagined by Tim Burton, Fable Cry spin inventive, cabaret-ready yarns that are given life by their palpable musical energy. Such is certainly the case for “Onion Grin”, the band’s newest tune, which tells a time-worn tale from an unfamiliar angle.

by Brice Ezell

17 Feb 2015


“The Grizzled Mighty was formed in the fiery belly of an active volcano”, begins the latest biography of this Seattle-based duo of Ryan Granger (vocals, guitar) and Lupe Flores (drums). Their latest outing, Closed Knuckle Jaw, makes good on that description right from the outset, with the Southern rock-indebted riffing of “Chantael”. In fact, despite their rainy Pacific Northwest environs, the Grizzled Mighty sound like they’d fit snugly in a Nashville dive bar. Dirty guitar distortion and hip-shakin’ rhythms (“Miles of Cocaine”) rise to the forefront of the duo’s music. All of the tunes here are given firm grounding in the tight interplay between Granger and Flores; like the famed drum ‘n’ bass duo Death from Above 1979, having only two members allows each player to focus his or her energy on the other, resulting in an undeniable dynamic between the two.

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