Na Kozonga is Jupiter and Okwess at a larger scale than ever before. They rise to those new heights in front of them, drawing on styles from around the world.
Canadian pop-punkers PONY release a debut, TV Baby, that hits close to home for millennials, and anyone who is a fan of 1990s alt-rock, pop-punk bands.
Sir Sly’s The Rise and Fall of Loverboy is an odd album whose musical styles and themes vary wildly from track to track but it ties everything together.
A veritable rainstorm of temporal noise pours down between sounds of early 20th century Japan and the audience on Sublime Frequencies’ Sound Storing Machine.
Brian Charette combines jazz organ combo swing, rock grooves, and an impressionistic woodwind quartet mimicking the B3 sound on Power From the Air.
Sublime Frequencies’ Mien Yao may be a work of preservation and posterity, education, or meditation. Its careful production allows for all of these things.
Tune-Yards’ sketchy conceptually asks a lot of its listeners and does it right up front: should the purpose of music be to entertain or to instruct?
For Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, preserving tradition is paramount. Their debut LP is a hearty nod to the string bands and country-folk of old.
Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds’ Swing From the Sean DeLear is a much-needed breath of fresh air and a celebration of life here on earth and beyond.
Greta Van Fleet seem to lack even a passing familiarity with the last four decades of recorded music on The Battle at Garden’s Gate.