Articles by Ljubinko Zivkovic
Wyland is no imitator, she simply visits the similar places that guys like Guthrie, Henry Kaiser of Fred Frith did, just in her own way.
At no point throughout Maisha Suite are you able to define the number of musicians playing, there could be five or fifteen of them, and you simply don’t care, because it sounds exactly the way it should.
Another baffling and at the same time exhilarating release by Vibracathedral Orchestra, with a worthy cause to boot behind it.
Hard to slap a label on something that does its best (and succeeds) to be inventive and defy genres.
What we end up with is Count Bateman, an album that collects all these seemingly average parts and turns them into something quite special.
Throughout Rage Park, the music, although obviously composed never becomes too cerebral and relies more on the feel of the moment than on virtuosity show-off.
Adir L.C. comes up with quite a potent cocktail on Basket Star, no bitter taste afterward.
Orange Birthday’s a1x is like a puzzle piece, that in the end presents a whole picture.
On Grass And Trees, Earthen Sea makes even every empty space count and creating minimal dub/techno/ambient that doesn’t bore you to death but very late night kaleidoscopic soundscapes.
House and Land remake and remodel this set of seven traditional tunes and still retain their original feel at the same time.
The music Locks presents is compelling enough to reward repeated listenings that reveal new, subtle elements each time.
Maps & Territory is one of those albums for psych music aficionados who see the genre in a much wider concept than just, fuzz, acid, and flowers.
It is these touches and elements that separate Olden Yolk from the ordinary and lift their music into something you want to take another listen to.
So Strontium Highway steps on the same trail through the sand, but you can never make the exact same steps in the desert even if you wanted to, and again, Opossum Sun Trail make new shifts in their steps.
Alex Toth is a music experimentalist of another sort.
It is an album for heavy thoughts and sometimes you have to go through those. This is could be your best bet for those times.
The initial Fortune Has Turned didn’t make much of a splash, hopefully, this remixed version will.
Mieke escapes one of the usual traps of the singer/songwriter mode, that is the sameishness of ideas and interpretation that can bog down albums of artists that have a specific voice as she does.
On Down Below Alice Tambourine Lover are able to assimilate all their influences very smoothly and come up with an album you can keep your windows open to as the weather is getting better.
Here’s Hearing Things works practically on all levels, and you can even slow dance to it.
Yes, the influences are evident, but then, if you play your influences with care and passion like Just Like Honey do, who cares if you can notice them?