Despite a prolific solo career spanning three+ decades, Robbie Robertson admittedly hasn’t penned too many songs about his own life. His first album in five years, Sinematic still has the spectral electronic pulse that’s become the post-Band Robertson trademark sound he first began developing with Daniel Lanois on 1987’s eponymously titled solo debut. And it could very well be the best of Robertson’s solo discography, rife with elements heard on previous LPs like Storyville, Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy and How To Become Clairvoyant. But this effort is bolder, stronger and more personal than ever.
South of Reality, out now via ATO records, is a surrealistic intersection of psychedelia and prog rock fused with radiant aural interludes, and throwing down chunks of funk for good measure. The follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the sophomore release from Les Claypool and Sean Lennon showcases brilliantly contrasting flavor palettes that will leave the listener putting this masterpiece on auto-loop.
After a lengthy delay and considerable controversy among the fanbase notably, an “Album vs. EP” debate somewhat overshadowing its release Nine Inch Nails reaches the endpoint of their trilogy, which began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and continuing in 2017 with Add Violence. Bad Witch leans stylistically more toward the former’s dissonance than the latter’s gloom shtick.
Long Island, New York-based Void New World (VNW) is the solo brainchild of composer/musician/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Douglas Bruno, who brews up a cauldron of dystopian post-Industrial soundscapes interspersed with dark ambient textures on the 13-track instrumental release, Oversaturated.
Released via Cherry Red Records on March 16, Another Day is the joint venture of King Crimson alum and pioneer in the field of electric rock violin, David Cross and erstwhile Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist David Jackson.
CBMMKB is comprised of Chris Muir and Mikko Biffle, who apparently got married—in hell—to team up for the 4 track EP, Homeostasis.
Always earnest, David Byrne wants you to know that the title of his forthcoming release, American Utopia, is unironic and the songs contained therein touch upon possibilities, feelings of discontent and desire. Byrne’s usual brand of arcane storytelling coupled with sonically robust instrumentation is found throughout.
Back with their first original album since 2011’s Green Naugahyde, as well as the return of drummer Tim Alexander, Primus released The Desaturating Seven last September. The LP draws its inspiration from the beautifully bizarre 1978 children’s book The Rainbow Goblins; a book that could have been easily transformed into an old-school Disney classic.
Has it really been 25 years since Amused To Death, the last Roger Waters solo release (not counting his 2005 opera Ça Ira)?
When considering the sum total of a half century’s output, Waters doesn’t owe you a thing. His integrity coupled with renowned hardheadedness likely wouldn’t have allowed for a full-scale Floyd reunion beyond 2005’s one-off Live Aid appearance; conversely a lesser artist (or bandmate) may have opted to wring the udders dry for one final monster arena tour payday. Read More
Guitarists Barry Cleveland Richard Pinhas have released their new EP on Cuneiform Records. The duo brought in bass virtuoso Michael Manring and drummer/percussionist Celso Alberti to complete the 4-track collection which was recorded, mixed and produced by Barry Cleveland. Read More
Paying homage. These days it’s what Primus founder Les Claypool does best.
After a limited run of only 3000 copies on 10″ vinyl for a Record Store Day release, Lime And Limpid Green from the Claypool Lennon Delirium is slated for an upcoming digital release. So now there is no excuse not to have it on repeat. Read More
Tom Jenkinson of Squarepusher put together a live band playing fast-tempo jazz fusion, including versions of some of his early tracks. For San Francisco Bay Area fans, Shobaleader One will be playing June 27th at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. You know we’ll be there.
Bringing their unusual form of instrumental rock back to the forefront, the San Francisco Bay Area based Illogistical Resource Dept. have reissued their debut album Catharsis. Read More
The new electronic based EP from Suboculis is the first solo project by bassist, Dan Menapace. The tracks blend electronic and acoustic instruments saturated with dark rhythmic noise which creates a sound that’s beautiful yet grotesque. Read More