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SHAW – “Where I’ve Been”

A cynical musical critic in his thirties might scoff and then exclaim a hearty guffaw at a retrospective song from a young man only in his twenties, but in the case of newcomer artist SHAW, that same leather faced old man would change his tune as soon as the two minute mark...

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Mythmakers: Mythmakers

When I like an album, there’s usually two elements that I notice: variety, and commonality. Those two may sound contradictory, but I don’t think that they are. On the Mythmakers album, for example, each song has individuality, from the folk, pop, rock, Americana, and even some Antler like sound in...

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Album Review: Axxa/Abraxas — Axxa/Abraxas

One should definitely judge Axxa/Abraxas‘ self-titled album by its cover, resembling a page cribbed from some rough-hewn scrapbook of memories Scotch-taped with no particular rhyme or reason. In the wrong light, both the cover and the album could come across as nightmares about nostalgia. I’m not sure what made Athens,...

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Video: Rae Morris – “Do You Even Know?”

Admittedly, the “Do You Even Lift Bro?” meme immediately came to mind when the title of Bombay Bicycle Club protege Rae Morris’, new single hit headlines.  But “Do You Even Know?” highlights an even sadder human event; repressed, unrequited feelings.  Certainly not atypical of a song in our day and...

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White Hinterland: “Ring The Bell”

White Hinterland is Scituate, Massachusetts’ Casey Dienel.  Not too long ago, she was marching under her own name, making tunes that rarely consisted of anything other than a piano and brush percussion.  At the time, she was a next-step/riyl discovery for any Regina Spektor fans.  A few years later though,...