Kevin O’Connor’s first album under the Talkdemonic moniker since 2011, Various Seasides, is imbued with all the warmth of a fuzzy sonic blanket.
Having only put out five albums in the past two decades, Beth Orton’s Weather Alive embraces her electro-folk past while embracing a weathered, gorgeous future.
Creating space to honor intense feelings was the goal of Maggie Rogers’ NYC performance and she achieved it. The crowd left with a sense of “feral joy”.
Born of quarantine isolation, Pictish Trail’s Island Family explores connections to place and time. Its creativity offers a challenging authenticity.
“Broken March’s” primary melodies pull from folk influences, with piercing ethereal synths recalling Nick x Nati’s combined experience in electronic production.
Ben Howard’s Collections from the Whiteout, produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, presents a refracted take on the singer-songwriter album.
The Prize Fighter Inferno’s The City Introvert has a safe superficiality, combined with a few moments of out-and-out cringe, making it above-average at best.
Chad VanGaalen’s World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener has elements of hurt and darkness, but he sounds at ease in his ever-changing musical gambits.
Jane Weaver’s ‘Flock’ is perfectly complete, hermetically sealed while suggesting any number of influences and reference points that never usurp the originality of the songs themselves.