Lovano's sound is utterly his own: woody and personal while still gentle and sumptuous. The core musicians are Brendan Perry who sings and plays a variety of instruments, and Lisa Gerrard who provides ethereal and haunting vocals. While the album's bookends are both quite strong and easy to identify, the delineation between individual pieces on Dionysus is quite a purposely blurry one, as the album is structured as a two-part oratorio with different movements that tie to different aspects of Dionysian myth and folklore. Why is it that so many artists become less enjoyable just as they become more impressive? His recent career has been so prolific that it's difficult to step back and take stock of it all. I've been lucky to physically survive to this ripe old age and to remain twenty-three in my heart.
She speaks in an array of wise-beyond-her-years bons mots, with an ever-present wry wit. Yorkston's music has always been atmospheric and allowed for ambient room sounds and tape hiss. The track features an instrumental exchange between a piano and Wurlitzer electric piano bridging the expanse between classical and modernity. Bleak spoken word intersects with the horn, the scattered drums, and a guitar that references the opening of the album. An intriguing concept does not necessarily lead to an intriguing album, of course, but Dionysus finds Dead Can Dance at the peak of their instrumental powers, unfolding as feast of wonderfully vibrant rhythms, esoteric instrumentation, and inspired arrangements. While retaining a strong electronic foundation, the focus is on the psychedelic aspect of the music, the core attribute of Teeth of the Sea, and so they deliver a strong, final trip leaving you amidst a haze of sounds and images that are bombarding you from all directions.
Bjarki creates such a profound sense of time and place that the listener is quickly transported outside as if both listener and creator are staring at awe at the same dazzling stars. The album is altogether catchy and enjoyable, and Yola has a mystical and inviting spirit to her voice complimented with the music she, Auerbach, and the Easy Eye musicians weaved. An encounter with the title structure, a massive icefield in the Rocky Mountains, provokes an experience of the sublime, of awe in something natural we're unable to appreciate fully. But still, there are some bands that have been able to achieve such magical results, like the Melvins or the noise powerhouse Wolf Eyes. Rather, it came from London, and was one of the opening salvos in a movement that would have a profound effect on global black pop. Electric piano drives the track while fiddle and slide guitar elements link the track to 1970s-sounding country and Yola's vocals are equally playful and serious. Genres and subgenres are born from these revelatory moments when artists are prepared to scatter the seeds and attentively tend to the roots of a genre to see what grows.
Even when fronting bands, I'd find myself in service of someone else's vision, completely neglecting what I wanted to do. They play all the instruments heard and the ethnic musical styles range from Iranian and Turkish folk to Byzantine chant, Balkan and Greek folk and their usual ambient and new age atmospheric dressing. All throughout their illustrious career, the duo has been both purveyors and seekers of transcendent cultural experiences. Yola dominates those songs regardless, her vocals inviting and the obvious focal point. She embarked on her solo career in 2016, finding her way to Nashville where she and Auerbach met.
As a team, these musicians, Yola, and Auerbach provide the album a generous musical depth, from strong melodies and complimentary instrumental parts to soft and professional performances. The soundscapes are plunged in the smooth jazz quality that the sax brings forth, dressing the ambiance in a noir tone. If time-traveling pagans had taken over the music ministry in a medieval church, it would have sounded something like these records. The sound of the bleating of mountain goats and animal neck bells join this song to the next. While standing firm on his knowledge of the instrument and its traditional practices, he still is able to perform a full exploration of its core, unafraid of where this might take him. Waits' best work never left the playfulness completely behind.
But I can attest to the high quality of what they have released. The song is a soaring and dominant performance, it flashes instrumentation both modern and vintage, while Yola's lyrics explore the emotional turmoil of memory, falling asleep, and feeling secure. In short, the Apollo was the premiere venue for African-American talent, but it wasn't the only one. The tracklisting might surprise, but it suggests a web of ideas that fit. Does it compliment his other albums, trio or otherwise? By the time the group finishes, they've effectively circumscribed a literal and imaginary icefield, even while keeping the sides open enough for further geomorphology inside or out. Mercury Rev give the singer lots of breathing room.
It's eccentric music, perhaps, but oddly lovely. The title suggests that Dead Can Dance are going to open up and let loose. Rather, her repudiation is only uttered as the music diminishes. So she hasn't found true love or a perfect mate. It was being accepted by your own people. The latter sounds like a rain stick accompanied by a few cymbals, though I suspect the arrangement is more sophisticated than that.
Upon hearing Brown Sugar at an audition, Harris immediately thought of them as something like the Supremes. I was a kid, eight years younger than my band-mate and main co-writer. Each track is unique and offers a particular emotional and musical feel that blends its overt soul and country styles seamlessly. The world depicted outside of the bubble is strange and unfamiliar, a visual counterpart to their decision to leave England for two different locations. But Black found nourishment, richness, and inspiration growing up in the Black Belt, the dense black community that took shape on Chicago's South Side. In doing so, they cut a penetrating album. It is music in motion, even if that motion is mostly slow.
Taking their wealth of experience of composing production music for films and video games and their understanding of sound design, they use sci-fi sound design as a means of exploring the minimalist structures of trap and grime. Brown Sugar's legacy lives on. Electric piano drives the track while fiddle and slide guitar elements link the track to 1970s-sounding country and Yola's vocals are equally playful and serious. For the confrontational piano legend, this is not a reach. The first act is called 'Sea Bourne' and is about Dionysus's voyage by boat. That is until an intense squall of heavy rain and calming, Rival Consoles-esque synths hose everything down.
The general acceptance of black culture into American popular culture is the beginning of something new. He still remembers the places where he lived, worked and played, and the many friends and figures who shaped his life. Part of the onus is on her as the general production elements reflect her desire. Iceland is a place where vastly different natural forces coalesce. I had to make my ideas seem like someone else's to get them heard. The line between improvisation and composition is vague, purposefully. Electric piano drives the track while fiddle and slide guitar elements link the track to 1970s-sounding country and Yola's vocals are equally playful and serious.