PICK OF THE WEEK

Luis Mojica “Songs from the Land” (LP)

Some people, even those who know better, roll their eyes when they hear the term “folk music”. It doesn’t refer to indigenous music from different cultures but, instead, the zeitgeist’s image of the stereotypical folky with an acoustic guitar warbling some interminable version of “Pretty Polly” with an optional harmonica …

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Sun King Rising “Delta Tales” (LP)

Sun King Rising isn’t a band in the traditional sense of the term, but you discover it doesn’t matter seconds into Sun King Rising’s first album release Delta Tales. Singer/songwriter/musician John Blangero’s desire to issue this work under a moniker likely reflects, at least in part, his musical background. He came of …

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Annette Adler “Color My World “ (LP)

Color My World from folk/country singer and songwriter Annette Adler is full of lush harmonies and riveting lyrics. Playing on her penchant for, well, colorful words, Adler’s angelic voice elevates the hues and honey-dipped melodies in this sing-along, reflective album. If you’re a fan of traditional country, these songs check several boxes. If you’re also …

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James Raftery “Tornado” (LP)

James Raftery is loath to let a good song go to waste. He refined and recorded the nine song collection Tornado during the pandemic-prompted lockdown, but the songs first came to life during the writing for 2017’s Everything. These piano-inspired ballads strip away any self-indulgent gloss in favor of functional stylistic flourishes and a thorough …

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Chesca “Feel the Breeze” (LP) 

Chesca made some pretty big waves with her single “Crocodile Tears” earlier this year, and in her new album Feel the Breeze, she brings the aesthetical concept behind the aforementioned track to a feature-length unlike any other I’ve heard in 2021. Rather than skewing simple pop with an unreal knack for …

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BOI “Coron O Chwinc” (LP)

Welsh based alt rockers, BOI, have released their debut album, Coron O Chwinc. The album is sang entirely in traditional Welsh, and the song titles list like a Rosetta Stone exercise. They say, Music is the universal language though, and BOI certainly exemplify that idea with the sheer power of …

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