James Brandon Lewis and Red Lily Wagon Explore George Washington Carver’s Legacy Through Heartfelt Improvisation
James Brandon Lewis, a highly expressive young saxophonist, explores the meaning of George Washington Carver through a fresh quintet, earthy and free at once.
Slight but rich in tonal complexities, Dean Blunt’s Black Metal 2 is another musical puzzle box from the enigmatic London musician.
Dawn Richard’s Second Line is a gorgeous record featuring fantastic, strange, esoteric sounds playing with house and club conventions. It’s a pioneering record and easily one of the best of the year.
Long-time New York jazz sideman Melvin Gibbs breathes new life into protest music on the short but highly potent EP, 4 + 1 Equals 5 for May 25.
Joe Pug’s latest album, The Diving Sun, is filled with songs of desperate inspiration, marking some of the finest work in the singer-songwriter’s career.
Even if “Solar Power” might be Lorde’s happiest song to date, the track isn’t as vibrant as the name suggests. And that’s exactly why it’s perfect.
Fiddlehead’s Between the Richness takes from post-hardcore, punk, and emo and skips the boyish flourishes. Although it could benefit from being longer, it’s precise and vigorous.