Three years after their self-titled debut, with Time magazine naming their track "Eye to Eye" one of the best songs of 2016, Chicago indie-pop quintet Varsity is back with another full-length album filled with bright and catchy melodies. Singer and keyboardist Stephanie Smith continues to charm us with her beautiful vocals, and is still joined … Continue reading Album Feature: Parallel Person by VARSITY
I haven't had a good dose of world music since Philippines' Pinikpikan regrouped into Kalayo and saw them perform live around 10 years ago (yes, time flies). So I was pleasantly surprised when this lovely city of Chicago introduced me to the music of flautist Nicole Mitchell. Hailed by Chicago Reader as “one of the … Continue reading Album Feature: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds by Nicole Mitchell
Ahhhh, what a treat. It is always a pleasant surprise when one of your favorite dream pop duo brings out a collection of unreleased material. Beach House amassed unreleased songs spanning from their 11-year career since their self-titled debut in 2006, and we can finally have a hold of these tracks with their compilation B-Side … Continue reading Album Feature: B-Sides and Rarities by Beach House
Planetary Prince is Cameron Graves' debut as a band leader, and this is only my second time to review an instrumental album, AND my first time to review a jazz album – or is it?