Musical Pairings

  1. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

    This won’t come as a surprise but when we host a dinner party in our home, I take the music selection very seriously. At the most basic level, to paraphrase the character Rob from the movie High Fidelity, I pack the night’s soundtrack full of stuff my guests would like; stuff that would make them happy. Of course, finding Continue…

    Borrowing the feelings and groove of vintage Southern soul and r&b, the swinging and warmly pulsing debut album by Leon Bridges is a true crowd pleaser.


  2. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

    As someone who discovered a love of music in the early-to-mid 90’s, I spent a lot of time listening to music that could be loosely described as either grunge rock or, more generically, alternative rock. I obsessed over albums by bands like Nirvana, Hole, Elastica, Pearl Jam, Blur, the Pixies, and so on. The thing about Continue…

  3. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

    One notable trend in independent music in the past few years is the band/artist that pens songs that sound like they were sent here from another era. Whether they sound like The Rolling Stones or like Sam Cooke, it’s fair to say our love of nostalgia has evolved beyond chillwave to embrace more direct homages to the past. It’s fair Continue…

  4. Mikal Cronin – MCIII

    Aside from the color of the vinyl, the center labels were the first things I noticed when I opened my copy of Mikal Cronin‘s latest album MCIII. Side A features a simple black label with subtle gradient variations marked by concentric circles. Side B is the mirror image but in white. The vinyl itself is Continue…

  5. Hayden – Hey Love

    Hayden‘s Hey Love is not what you’d call an upbeat album. In fact, if we’re being honest, it’s often kind of a bummer. For example, the album opens with songwriter Hayden Desser pretty much calling out love itself as the problem. As you might have guessed, opener “Hearts Just Beat” is a languid tune with Continue…

  6. This Is The Kit – Bashed Out

    Bashed Out, the third full length from Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables (better known as This Is The Kit), is a morning album. Like the sunrise, it is infused with warmth, subtlety, and restrained energy. It’s bright, optimistic, and moves at a very deliberate pace. Indeed, each note, each ringing cymbal, each cold swipe across the Continue…

  7. Faith Healer – Cosmic Troubles

    Cosmic Troubles is the second solo album (but first under the Faith Healer moniker) of Edmonton, Canada songwriter Jessica Jalbert. And it’s quickly proving to be one of our favorite releases this year. With the help of her friend, multi-instrumentalist and producer Renny Wilson, Jalbert effortlessly captures the warmth and jangly, fuzz-drenched fun of late Continue…

  8. José González – Vestiges and Claws

    It’s been seven years since José González last released a solo album. And, in some ways, it’s hard to ignore just how much time has past while listening to his new album Vestiges and Claws. Between singles from a new Sufjan Stevens’ album billed as a return to “folk music” and a newly released Iron Continue…

  9. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

    In a very short period of time, Nashville-based Natalie Prass has definitely sparked our interest. We were first introduced to her music late last year with the soulful, swooping and intricately arranged debut single “Bird of Prey.” It’s a bright and sophisticated piece of pop grandeur that propels along a seriously sweet groove that’s kept Continue…

  10. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

    “Back, Baby” by San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt is one of those exceptional tunes that immediately stands out as both timeless and unique. Indeed, thanks to the lo-fi quality of Pratt’s recording and the simplicity of the arrangement, it’s easy to imagine the track as some lost folk masterpiece recorded in the late 60’s or early Continue…

  11. Naïm Amor – Hear The Walls

    “When you turn the music off, you can hear the walls, the soul of one specific place, its nude ambiance that makes it so unique. This album fits the moment and the place when you decide to finally turn the music on again and . . . listen.” Outsiders (like myself) are sometimes surprised by Continue…

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