[Music] Departure Street – Two Islands in the Heart

Departure Street is American/French guitarist Allan J. Kimmel.  Reading his bio on the Bandcamp release page, he calls his work neo-folk.  I thought it a strange term, as I normally associate it with dark bands who worked with music that would set well with fans of bands like Death In June, Current 93 and the […]

[Music] Yeong Choi – Pizzapi

The cover art grabbed my attention, I have to admit.  This is one of those times where I probably would have passed this up without the shockingly surreal cover art and cheesy tune titles, but I’m glad I stopped by.  Yeong Choi is a pianist, programmer and composer from Seoul, South Korea who puts up […]

[Music] Red Sails Billow – The Waves Stretch Infinite

If post-rock were created sometime during the 1970s, I could see an album like this getting extended play on my local radio station.  Red Sails Billow hails from Bitola, Macedonia, and I have to say that it’s a pretty good example of what’s cooking in the Balkan post-rock scene.

[Music] Penguin Cafe – Handfuls of Night (Erased Tapes) — Headphone Commute

Label: Erased Tapes Released: October 2019 Mastered By: Zino Mikorey If You Like: Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Lubomyr Melnyk, and Peter Broderick Bandcamp Tidal Spotify Amazon Growing up, I used to love waking up on Saturday mornings to peculiar sounds of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra playing downstairs paired with the sweet smell of pancakes wafting… via […]

[Music] Art Zoyd – Génération Sans Futur

I must have been about 17 years old when a disc called Symphonie pour le jour où brûleront les cités, Musique pour l’Odyssée and Archives 1, performed by a band I had never heard of called Art Zoyd, kept staring me in the face, while I heard voices in my wallet saying, “Take it.”  I had just recently […]

[Music] Djam Karet – The Devouring

I’m particularly pleased to be reviewing this album, as it comes from a VERY local band.  They were living in city of Claremont, California, a college town minutes from my home, and the drummer, Chuck Oken, Jr., owns Rhino Records, by far the best independent record shop in the Inland Empire.  It was the first […]