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.