The duo of Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson forms the core of the art pop outfit called Glass Ghost, whose associations include Dirty Projectors, Here We Go Magic, and Joan as Police Woman. The two are joined by Tyler Wood and Aerial East for LYFE, the latest full-length venture from Glass Ghost, following 2009’s Idol Omen.
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Music of the psychedelic persuasion is quite a la mode at the moment, but The Asteroid No. 4 goes beyond the bong-smoke indebted sounds of the crop of rock bands that describe themselves as “hazy.” The word “mystical” is often bandied about in discussion of the Northern California-by-way-of Philadelphia group, and indeed their music does have an otherworldly dimension to it. The band’s latest studio effort, Asteroid No. 4, is no different in this respect.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jesse Macht is about to release his latest recording, the studio LP Suitcase Heart. The album is a collection of nine emotionally earnest and straightforward songs, a product of numerous years working and playing in the LA music scene. (The pop jaunt of “Nothing Wrong With a Little Rain” could easily be read as a cheeky jab at LA residents’ notorious inability to handle the slightest bit of precipitation.)
On paper, it’s the sort of thing that will either make you groan or wince:who would think to bring together the worlds of punk—with its stripped-down, DIY ethos—and classical music—with its high-minded, through composed nature? The inspired duo that calls itself Teach Me Equals, however, proves that such a distinction might be spurious in the first place. Greg Bortnichak (cello, guitar, vocals) and Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, keyboard, and vocals) are making a bold declaration with their debut, Knives in the Hope Chest, which undergoes just that kind of genre-melding—although they are drawing from far more than just two spheres of influence in their songwriting.
There’s enough in the music of Bugs in the Dark to suggest that they could be comfortably categorized as an indie rock band. However, the distorted guitars and powerful vocals (courtesy of frontwoman Karen Rockower) bring to mind the recent rash of bands coming out of the occult rock subgenre, namely Jess & the Ancient Ones. In taking the spare indie aesthetic and merging it with a primal rock sound, Bugs in the Dark strike a winning balance. The band’s latest single, “Red Lines”, is a perfect example of this.