Author Archives: Coprinus

Julia Jacklin – Crushing

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Mostly break-up songs, alternately defiant and sad, but not cliched, and sometimes pretty insightful. Simple vocals-forward production. It grows on you.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Rapid Round March 2019

Falling behind – so here’s a rapid round!

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Claire Hastings – Those Who Roam
Genre: Folk/Traditional
Rating: 6.5/10
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Jay Mitta – Tatizo Pesa
Genre: Unbelievable crazily fast world beat/dance
Rating: 7.5/10
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Liszt – Sardanapalo & Mazeppa
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Genre: Opera
Rating: 7.5/10
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Brighde Chaimbeul – The Reeling
Genre: Traditional/Drone
Rating: 7.5/10
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Hayes Carll – What It Is
Genre: Alt Country
Rating: 5.5/10
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Ladytron – Ladytron
Genre: Pure, undistilled nostalgia
Rating: 8/10
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Gary Clark Jr – This Land
Genre: Rock/Blues
Rating: 6.5/10
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Emily Scott Robinson – Traveling Mercies
Genre: Folk/Country
Rating: 6/10
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Kaia Kater – Grenades

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Genre: Folk/Country
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: This album really caught me by surprise. It intersperses folk compositions with remarkably poignant spoken reflections on her family’s experience with violence and revolution in Grenada and subsequent immigration. These things are usually overdone, and this incredibly well constructed with good sense of pacing. In particular the “Canyonland” – “Power! Power! Power!” – “La Misere” sequence is almost perfect.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Siobhan McCrudden – Icarus Girl

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Genre: Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: So far one of my favorite folk albums of the year. You have to listen to it a few times, but it grows on you. “Oh Little Red” is the standout.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

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Genre: Pop
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary: More of the same from Sharon Van Etten. Sad songs about relationships and banal conversations with friends and former friends. Not her best.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Doug Paisley – Starter Home

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Genre: Country/Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: It’s been a rough few years for men in the alt country music scene dominated by Jason Isbell’s not-drinking-any-more songs and Chris Stapleton’s beard. Finally, we have what we’ve been waiting for, a clever, quiet, and understated return to good songwriting. What a relief.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Frozen Land – Frozen Land

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Genre: Power Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 9.5/10
Commentary: This is basically a perfect power metal album. And, it has a picture of a ice zombie viking on the cover. Enough said.
More info: here.
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Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile

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Genre: Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: This is an incredible British jazz (?) album which deliveries some amazing rhythms and sparse saxophone playing, with vocals that contest the legitimacy of the British monarchy and its relevance for black immigrants – delivering up a series of tributes to alternative Queens — Ada Eastman, Mamie Phipps Clark, Angela Davis, and others.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane

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Genre: Blues Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: In some ways this is a straight-forward blues rock album, but subverted and reinvented by its fusion with Haitian rhythms and themes. The first half in particular is compelling.
More info: here.
Listen: here.