Ljubinko Zivkovic

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Guy Grogan – Same Morning Light

All this knowledge and experience would go to no avail if it wasn’t backed by some serious talent, and on the evidence of this album, Grogan has quite a bit of it.

Chris Ianuzzi – Planeteria

On Planeteria, Ianuzzi is able to keep his listeners alert throughout and has succeeded where many other electronic artists have failed – take his listeners for a space ride.

Mohamed Assani – Wayfinder

What we get with Wayfinder is not gimmicky fad music where either opposing music style is just appendix to the other, but a true (ambient)blend perfectly suited for those late hours when it was actually recorded.

Patrick Ames – Reawakened 2020 & Liveness EP

With his music and lyrics, this might be a perfect time for Patrick Ames.

TALsounds – Acquiesce

Whether by chance or intent, Chami’s acquiesce coincides with a broader situation when we all have to accept some things as they are, whether we like it or not. The question remains what will we do about it.

Psychic Markers – S/T

Psychic Markers’ real-life experience did influence their sound profoundly, without really removing them from their psych roots, and it is all for the better.

Niika – Close But Not Too Close

As debuts go, this one will be hard to match in the year of the pandemic.

Golden Retriever & Chuck Johnson – Rain Shadow

Very few joint efforts are able to come up with such excellent results as Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson are able to do on Rain Shadow, proving that experimentation and music pleasing to the ear can go hand in hand.

Chip Wickham – Blue To Red

Blue and Red comes to us at a time when the deep, spiritual feeling is one of the things we can cling to, and Chip Wickham hits all the right notes for that to be possible.

Adeline Hotel – Solid Love

Adeline Hotel, the band, and  Dan Kniskowy have come up here with some mellifluous, soothing sounds without exhibiting a single iota of pretentiousness. Possibly the reason Solid Love is so much more than solid.

Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding – Last Flight Out

What we have on our hands is one of the more poignant, melodic, chamber folk/pop albums to pop up in a while.

The Soft Pink Truth – Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

What we get on Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? is a mesmerizing musical concoction that expresses exactly what Daniel set out to do.

Jeff Beam – Jeff Beam

Beam was able to package all of his influences into a set of well-rounded and thought-out songs that deserve to be heard.

Jennah Barry – Holiday

In these self-isolation and social distancing times, Jennah Barry’s Holiday reflects the times but with a healthy dose of hope.

The Roseline – GOOD/GRIEF

Halliburton’s motivation might not have been havoc the dreaded virus is creating, but he is definitely telling terrible things through beautiful melodies.

Windy & Carl – Allegiance and Conviction

Whether this is exactly how Windy and Carl wanted this album to sound makes no difference. With it, even after eight years of absence, they still remain at the forefront of whatever genre you want to file their music under.

Oval – Scis

What we get in these ten new compositions on Scis is yet another set of creative human/machine interaction that pushes the boundaries of electronica further on.

Artifiseer – Syncretist

Syncretist as the title actually perfectly describes Artifiseer’s album – it “involves the merging or assimilation of several originally discrete traditions”. In this case musical traditions.

Gabriel Birnbaum – Not Alone

Not Alone it is one of those creeping sleepers that you definitely can play at any point in time with ease.

Rob Shapiro of Populuxe

Smart “pop” was EVERYWHERE. It was an embarrassment of riches — the songwriting genius of Steely Dan, the power and precision of Motown, Kool & The Gang, Earth Wind & Fire, Curtis Mayfield, the hilarity and impossibility of Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the crushing, exhilarating intelligence of Zeppelin…

Populuxe – Beauty In A Broken Place

On Beauty In A Broken Place Populuxe make ‘simple’ pop sound complicated, or if you will, make complicated things sound like ‘simple’ pop, which it isn’t.

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