[Music] Graham Janz – Songs I’ve Been Singing Quietly To Myself

Graham Janz is a very eclectic folk singer who originally called Brandon, Manitoba, Canada home, though he now resides in Groningen, Netherlands.  He sent me a note asking me to listen to his sketches, and I’m quite pleased that I took him up on his offer.
This isn’t a proper album per se, but home recordings he did, as these are home recordings, but in the spirit of hearing demos by artists like Nick Drake, Peter Hammill (I’m very partial to Van Der Graaf Generator) or even Warren Zevon (Graham covers Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner), it’s great hearing raw, unaffected singing and playing.  No tricks, no studio gadgetry, just a chap with his guitar.  I’m curious to see how he sounds in studio.  His sketches lead me to think that the material will sound quite good.

[Music] Benjamin Finney – Warmth Within These Walls X Cut Me Loose

Benjamin Finney’s work has been reviewed on our blog in the past, as he’s really a fine guitarist, but it finally dawned on me whose work seems to influence and inform his playing.  John Fahey.  No doubt about it.  He has the American primitive sound mastered so well that he’s able to mold it however he wishes.  Fahey was utterly brilliant at that.  Expect Benjamin to have that same legacy one of these days.

[Music] Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 1

It’s not everyday you come across Afghan experimental music recorded in the Arizona heat.  Myrrors vocalist/guitarist N.R. Safi had composed these tracks as mere impressions (expect a Volume 2 to be released shortly), but the quality of these pieces stand out.  These could hold their own with the best of 1980’s cassette culture.  A brilliant debut, though Safi is planning to do a properly recorded album sometime soon, adding to his psychedelic CV.

[Music] fuvk – you like blue and i like you

Z Tapes continues to put out wonderfully emotive indie music, whether it’s of the bedroom pop variety or something straight-up weird.  They rarely, if ever, seem to fail with their releases.  All credit should go to Filip Zemcik for his near-perfect curation abilities.

fuvk are a emo/indie-pop band out of Austin, Texas who please greatly with music that is pleasing to the ear, but not fluffy or boring.  The tape recordings were a bit unsettling to hear, and they add a bit of spark to an already good EP’s worth of tuneage.