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Pursuit Of Ends (CD)

High Pulp

Genre-bending post-rockers High Pulp’s new album, Pursuit of Ends , is an enlivening, dynamic listen. The Seattle group paints in bold brushstrokes, with vivifying colors—there’s no snoozing your way through this album, no putting it on in the background as light party music. Drawing sonic inspiration from Miles Davis’ Second Quintet and creative concepts from ideas about magic, the will, and the individual, Pursuit of Ends ’ joyous spirit and colorful palette demands to be heard. Close your eyes and let your imagination run free to the lush soundscapes provided by this inspired collection of songs.

Windflowers (CD)

Efterklang

Danish trio Efterklang’s Windflowers is intimate, tender, and experimental. The band made several trips to a recording studio on the island of Møn; perhaps those island visits are part of the reason the album feels so suffused with nature, from whispering, wind-like drum strokes to sunshine-infused strings. The songs have a gentle yet raw energy—they feel like rebirth and renewal, in short, like spring. Windflowers is perhaps the ideal album for 2022, one filled with hope, beauty, and transformation.

Comfort To Me (CD)

Amyl & The Sniffers

Amyl & The Sniffers continue to prove that there’s more to the band than riff-heavy, lightning-fast punk – not that there’s anything wrong with that, especially their infectious brand of it. But singer Amy Taylor’s lyrics have an understated cleverness on their debut, and here they swing a wider net, taking on women’s issues with the fiery “Choices” and the sobering “Knifey,” or politics with “Capital” which rages against Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Then there is the hilarious “Security” where she pleads to be let into the pub because she’s “looking for love” and “not that drunk!” Comfort To Me is a rollickin’ good time with quick shots of welcome introspection and food for thought.

LP3 (CD)

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus has the rare ability to craft songs about life’s most challenging aspects and weave them into easy-to-love, pure-and-simple enjoyable melodies. Their latest, LP3 , is filled with lushly-constructed indie pop gems that should boost any mood. Now, you’d be forgiven for not immediately realizing that the band is diving into some real deep waters here, taking on themes of despair, loss, and rediscovery. The vibe is absolutely gorgeous: occasionally breezy, grooved out, and dreamy. But there’s real meaning here and perhaps that’s what makes LP3 such the incredible album it is. Transcendent, moving, and best of all, totally danceable.

Bloodmoon: I (CD)

Chelsea Wolfe

Hardcore heroes Converge & goth-folk chameleon Chelsea Wolfe team up on the incredible Bloodmoon: I . Obviously both acts operate within the same heavy, dark universe, but it’s honestly shocking (and very exciting!) how well they gel together. The music is intense, urgent, and abrasive; Wolfe’s vocals also dwell within this haunted land, although they’re edged with an ethereal beauty that lingers long after the last stinging riff fades away. Bloodmoon: I is an album of great power, both sonically and emotionally. It packs an almost supernatural punch—one listeners may find addictive.

Aboogi (CD)

Imarhan

Imarhan’s new album, Aboogi , is a showstopper. This group of Tuareg musicians continues in the tradition of great desert blues bands like Tinariwen, even featuring members Mohamed At Itlale (aka Japonais) and Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni on the album. The voice of Sudanese singer Sulafa Elyas brings moments of otherworldly beauty to the grooved out tracks. And then there’s Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals behind the recording desk. One of the most intriguing albums of the year with one of the most talented groups of musicians working today.

Mythopoetics (CD)

Half Waif

The talented Nandi Rose returns for her fifth album under the Half Waif moniker, the stunning Mythopoetics . This eclectic collection of songs transitions seamlessly from sweetness to desolation, from stripped down ballads to shimmering synth toe-tappers. Each composition is lush in its instrumentation, with swooning vocals and emotive washes of sound. Rose’s lyrics are also an aural feast, with her songwriting seemingly able to tap into the human experience on a whole level beyond what other songwriters can convey. Transcendent, surprising, and utterly brilliant.

Big Mess (CD)

Danny Elfman

The former Oingo Boingo frontman, singer/songwriter, and acclaimed film composer presents his first proper solo album in 37 years. Big Mess was written and recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, and draws on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra for harmonically complex arrangements with biting, acerbic wit.

The Blues Album (CD)

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor shows off her expressive, husky vocals in addition to her impressive guitar chops on her latest, The Blues Album . Taylor delivers passionate versions of songs by Otis Rush, Peter Green, Albert King, Little Milton, Don Covay, James Ray and more, with a crack team of players including Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, who produced the album. Tracks like “Stop Messin’ Round” (Green) and “Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me” (King) are fiery blues numbers, while soulful highlights include “Let Me Down Easy” and “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” (Aretha Franklin).

Bloodmoon: I (CD)

Converge

Hardcore heroes Converge & goth-folk chameleon Chelsea Wolfe team up on the incredible Bloodmoon: I . Obviously both acts operate within the same heavy, dark universe, but it’s honestly shocking (and very exciting!) how well they gel together. The music is intense, urgent, and abrasive; Wolfe’s vocals also dwell within this haunted land, although they’re edged with an ethereal beauty that lingers long after the last stinging riff fades away. Bloodmoon: I is an album of great power, both sonically and emotionally. It packs an almost supernatural punch—one listeners may find addictive.

Time~Lapse Nature (LP)

Diatom Deli

Diatom Dell’s Time~Lapse Nature feels mythic, pastoral, and entrancing. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Deli Paloma-Sisk’s crystal clear vocals float above lilting guitar like a classical wood nymph singing hymns to the surrounding countryside. The sounds of crickets and birds add evocative atmosphere and fascinating texture to these hypnotically simple songs. Utterly spell-binding and otherworldly, Time~Lapse Nature feels imbued with ancient wisdom, modern environmental concerns, and timeless beauty.

Toward The Fray (CD)

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters address social unrest on Toward The Fray , combining pointed, honest lyrics with the virtuosic fiddle and banjo arrangements of their progressive bluegrass sound. “Means To An End” and “Hard Line” showcase the band’s rockin’ energy and soaring melodies. The folky “I Didn’t Know” employs an anthemic chorus to acknowledge white privilege and resolve to stay vigilant. Elsewhere “Down From The Mountain” has a gothic country feel and “Revolution” is a lively, pretty instrumental.

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