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Beck’s electrifying “Morning”

Posted: February 22, 2014 at 12:14 am  

Beck_Morning_PhaseAs you listen to Beck‘s latest offering, one thing is certain, he has definitely matured into a fantastic producer. After years of placing in music in other capable hands (Nigel Godrich, Dust Brothers, and Tony Hoffer), Morning Phase exists as not only a handful of carefully chosen songs-they function as complete atmospheres.

Opening with the “Cycle/Morning”, the acoustic guitar and relaxed melody quickly bring to mind “Guess I’m Doing Fine” and “The Golden Age” from his crestfallen classic Sea Change.  It is almost as if he is announcing that this album will be a continuation.  He carefully places all of the instrumentation to either fill the entire aural space with lush shimmering strings or removes them all to better emphasize the silences between his words.  Morning Phase is dramatic without histrionics or melodrama.

Tim Hecker’s astonishing “Virgins”

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 3:41 am  

timheckerWith all the given technology, albums today are often felt no lower than the neck. Our brains process and hold on to so much information that we rarely feel music as we listen.  After listening to Montreal neoclassicist Tim Hecker‘s latest work “Virgins”, one gains a definitive perspective of how those in both the hip-hop realm and the dubstep/EDM camp desire so much bass. His latest Kranky release, Virgins quickly proves that the lower frequencies are the path of a higher understanding.

Hecker has been fooling minds for more than 10 years.  What began as an ambient/electronic project has blossomed into more serious music. Ravedeath, 1972 was a tour de force of performance, production and minimalist composition. His organ loops were organic at one point and then, thanks to a myriad of treatments, morphed into visible walls of sound.

Austin Lucas runs the “Reckless” road

Posted: October 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm  

stayreckless   Austin Lucas hails from the backroads of Indiana.  Listen to the twang in his rolling voice and how it carries that familiar high, lonesome sound.  Born into a bluegrass lineage, Lucas’ songs carry a familiar folk feel.  Pair those well-known aspects with a more rugged modern Americana sound and you have the recipe for his New West debut Stay Reckless.

“Let Me In” is the perfect opener as Lucas’ voice finds its perfect counterpoint above the propulsive Drive By Truckers-meets-Steve Earle grind.  Not to be outdone, Lucas and producer Mark Nevers (this year’s underrated Mount Moriah) even manage to sneak in a little double guitar riff a la Lynyrd Skynyrd.  As he hits the proverbial road, Lucas next avoids being “Alone in Memphis” (and New Orleans.)  From here, he puts the “pedal to the floor” and accomplishes his stated goal of being a roaming “troubadour.”

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