Wrekmeister Harmonies' impressive new record, Light Falls, pairs down the number of guests and creates a central band, a smaller group on which to build a new kind of composition.
On Sunergy, the intimacy with which Smith and Ciani collaborate is striking, and the best parts of the record pull you into that quiet conversation.
With Whole & Cloven, Bowles's follow-up to his excellent, cohesive Nansemond, he pushes in a new direction, seeking out new ways to tie an album together, wondering whether or not the broken can still seem complete.
The Columbia Years 1968-1969 isn't the sound of Betty Davis finding her voice so much as it is the sound of her fighting to get out from under the shadow of then-husband Miles Davis.
The first duo collaboration between Fennesz and O'Rourke turns out to be a good one, but only when they give each other the room to make this sound more like a conversation than a shouting match.
The duo's new album, originally performed live with screenings of Philippe Garrel's 1968 silent French film, is a subtly complex composition that works very well on its own.