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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2018
    Opiuo - Opiuo X Syzygy Orchestra Live at Red Rocks

    Opiuo - Opiuo X Syzygy Orchestra Live at Red Rocks

    Opiuo
    Opiuo X Syzygy Orchestra Live at Red Rocks
    Label: Slurp Music

    I am not aware of any other electronic musicians that have added a live orchestra to their future funk compositions, but that is exactly what the New Zealand DJ known as Opiuo did at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on 4/21/18, and results were/are amazing! Re-Interpreting and then respinning his songs so they blossomed into 7 wonderful movements that conjoined with the 20 piece Syzygy Orchestra is unique, invigorating and inspiring to hear and behold! Lucky for you he is performing a solo DJ set at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI 10/18 with Sodown

    Opiuo WebsiteOpiuo Facebook

    Papadosio - Content Coma

    Papadosio - Content Coma

    Papadosio
    Content Coma
    Label: Self Released

    This Asheville, NC band offered forth 30 ideas were coalesced utilizing an online collaborative platform (Spice) into what would become the diverse 12 track content of this musical commentary about our dependence on technology.  Recording in a professional recording studio created high quality production while spotlighting the talents of each individual musician, whether they spin tales of mellow psychedelia, indie psych rock, ambient instrumental jams or poignant pokes and jibes. Catch Papadosio at the Majestic Theatre on 11/3 with Evanoff

    Papadosio WebsitePapadosio Facebook

    Beanpole - All My Kin

    Beanpole - All My Kin

    Beanpole
    All My Kin
    Label: Chimera Music

    As the story goes, this release was penned many years ago by an artist known as Beanpole, but it wasn’t until Sean Lennon heard these erstwhile commercially non-viable concoctions that the songs got green lighted for release. This is a sad carnival of extremely warped, bizarre and outlandish melodies, which include lyrics about food, farming, and mutants. All My Kin, features recordings from between 1984 through the late Nineties (and in reality features Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde, but were birthed by Derek Greenberg and Adam Gates).

    Beanpole WebsiteBeanpole Facebook

    Beefus - Busted Teeth Fandango

    Beefus - Busted Teeth Fandango

    Beefus
    Busted Teeth Fandango
    Label: Wavelength Productions

    Beefus is a musical collective from Madison, known for their quirks, strangeness and unique perspective. This time around there is more steel, grass and twang (and perhaps inbreeding?) than before, but the lyrical content is still twisted, kitschy and head scratching enough to make even Captain Beefheart proud. Remember, the moon always shines when it’s moonshine!

    Beefus WebsiteBeefus Facebook

    Twenty One Pilots - Trench

    Twenty One Pilots - Trench

    Twenty One Pilots
    Trench
    Label: Fueled By Ramen

    Bands with 2 billion+ hit videos are hard to ignore. That being said, this groups bizarre yet amazingly attractive conflagration of alt rock, hip hop, metal, and singer songwriter swings are often as confounding as they are comforting. But it works! Trench definitely captures their signature sound and approach, but simply isn’t quite as high strung as prior releases. It is still lyrically provoking though and offers a bunch of great songs and potential mega hits.

    Twenty One Pilots WebsiteTwenty One Pilots FacebookTwenty One Pilots Wiki

    Turkuaz - Life In The City

    Turkuaz - Life In The City

    Turkuaz
    Life In The City
    Label: Electric Habitat Music

    Expressive and fun, this nonet from Brooklyn will blow your socks off with their energy poppin’ horns, strong jams and catchy rhythms. Dripping with splashes of funk, rock, alternative and R&B this group brings momentous energy and presence to Life In The City as well as their live shows wherever they may be found. Find em nearby on 11/15 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI

    Turkuaz WebsiteTurkuaz Facebook

    Greatest Showman: Reimagined - Various Artists

    Greatest Showman: Reimagined - Various Artists

    Greatest Showman: Reimagined
    Various Artists
    Label: Atlantic Records

    The Greatest Showman was a landmark musical film and the songs it contains are iconic. Ripples of it’s popularity have been shaking the musical universe since it was released. Now you have the chance to hear 13 tracks reimagined by some of today’s top pop artists including Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Panic! at the Disco, Pentatonix, P!nk, and Willow Sage Hart (P!nk’s daughter). Sure it is a commercial Christmas pinata, but the original songs are strong enough to offer a fair amount of candy and glee in this new light. (8) press.atlanticrecords.com/the-greatest-showman/


    Imagine Dragons - Origins

    Imagine Dragons - Origins

    Imagine Dragons
    Origins
    Label: Interscope

    What an album! These double platinum producing, Grammy winning pop icons deliver another masterpiece with several smash hits as well as several other songs (rounding out this 12 track release) that show off the evolution of their artistic diversity and depth, but not in the same predictable ways as their past releases. If you haven’t heard Natural, Bad Liar or Zero off this album, you will soon, as they are all destined to be classics!

    Imagine Dragons WebsiteImagine Dragons Facebook

    Dirtwire - Road Goes All Night

    Dirtwire - Road Goes All Night

    Dirtwire
    Road Goes All Night
    Label: Beats Antique Records

    Sometimes instruments plays a big roll in what a recording sounds like and there are few releases that have more a unique sound than this. I saw them last fall at Shangri La Festival and they were quite enthralling thanks in part to Mark Reveley’s Whamola bass and Greek tanbur as well as Even Fraser’s Kamole ngoli and bass ngoli plus David Satori’s bowed banjo and guitarjo. Throw in a harmonica, and smear on some southwestern grit and the folktronica that this trio of talented multi-instrumentalists produce will excite and captivate!

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