Sinatra at The Sands is my favorite Frank Sinatra performance – cocky, charming but not oily, warm but not soppy. Each listen lays bare the sheer “cuckoo calculation” of it all.
Geographically Misha Sultan’s roots may be in Siberia, but sonically they’re everywhere. Ambient, dub techno, krautrock, chill-out—he does it all.
Seth Walker’s I Hope I Know frequently conveys the tranquility one can find after a calamity. Despite life’s hardships, inner peace can still be found.
Michael Goldberg captures The Avengers’ Jimmy Wilsey and his downward trajectory with spare, slow, searching lines much like the guitarist summoned from his instrument.
The Bends hinted at Radiohead’s potential, but OK Computer allowed Radiohead the freedom to experiment and started their progression to forward-looking music.
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn made a particular effort to keep the music low-key on A Legacy of Rentals, while his storytelling abilities continue to shine.
However you choose to define it, Plankton Wat’s Hidden Path is a rich, moody, and atmospheric work that caters to passive and active listeners alike.
When Eucalyptus move away from clearly-defined genres, they really come into their own. You’re not likely to encounter an album like Moves anytime soon.