Posts tagged ‘Instrumental’

February 17, 2021

The B-Side: Airships On The Water

Sprawling instrumental post rock goodness, that not only gives us a mathy emo first movement that sounds a bit like Mineral minus the vocals, but a sweeping second movement that balances dynamics and melody in a fashion not unlike Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You Black Emperor. If you’ve been craving an epic soundtrack to your week, then look no further than “Another Year Outside The Frame” from Airships On The Water.

February 11, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Girma Yifrashewa

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

I have been VERY happy with the snow this week. Here in Bloomington, we’ve had a thick coating of the best type of snow, the type of robust, non-watery snow that stays crisp and snappy on the frozen ground. I will take this over the ubiquitous wet, grey, snow-slush forever, and I especially love the way this type of snow muffles sound. We all move through it differently, trying not to fall, paying attention to the ground, to our watery eyes, to the spots on our bodies where the cold air hits us. There is something revitalizing about this deep freeze phase of winter, joy in the hibernation and coziness of inside and care in the intense body awareness and efficiency when outside. Here is a perfect song for all of it, from an equally perfect album: “The Shepherd with the Flute,” by Girma Yifrashewa, on his stunning 2014 release Love & Peace. Stay safe and cozy. 

February 5, 2021

Friday 5×5 (+1)

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have new music from The Unders, RUINER, Sal Dulu, NAYAD, Old Sea Brigade and a bonus track from Clark Naito.

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January 27, 2021

The B-Side: Evil Einstein

Welcome to The B-Side, our column where we bring you a bonus song to check out, fall in love and live happily ever after with.

It’s the middle of the work week in the long gray winter months of a global pandemic that just passed the one year mark and frankly motivation can be hard to come by. Thankfully we have this instrumental metal masterpiece from Evil Einstein to kick us in the ass and get us doing the things that need to get done. So rise all ye weary souls. Play this at an unreasonably loud level and air guitar / drum your heart out. Do some karate kicks while you’re at it. Make up some lyrics about your day and let loose your best Bruce Dickinson over these sweet riffs and shredding guitarmonies. Refill your mojo tank and get on with it. “It’s Alive” and so are you. Hallelujah.

January 23, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox…it has so many treasures…let us share them with you! New music from Friends Don’t Die, Wails, George Moir, Tom Jones, Stephen G. Clayton, Heather Porcaro, icoro and High Viz Jackit Theory.

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January 16, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox, it overfloweth with good tunes. Soundtrack your weekend with songs from Ash M.O., Average Joe, Fiebre del Sistema, Hearty Har, The Infinity Chamber, Jenny Kern, Rook Monroe, Realidades, USE and Vatar.

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January 14, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Sometimes I listen to certain songs or albums to make me feel a type of way, we know what kind of mood we want to get/stay in, and we can have music be our guide. I listen to M.O.P. to feel ready to fight, aka whenever I leave my house, and I listen to whale sounds when I need to zone out (more about that in the coming weeks). This past week I needed my brain to be taken on a journey, away from specific moods or vocals. I turned on Tomeka Reid and Alexander Hawkins‘ album Shards and Constellations. The entire album is majestic, and feels like the two musicians somehow made a soundtrack to brainwaves. I kept replaying “Peace on You.” It’s almost 10 minutes long, achingly beautiful, and with enough structure and surprises to take your brain away from reality and into itself for a little bit. 

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