Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters

Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters

Underworld & Iggy Pop
Teatime Dub Encounters
Label: Caroline International

An unlikely coupling that pops before sputtering. As Iggy spouts surreal soliloquies and reflective prose, Underworlds creates a polished cache of catchy electronica. The concept is novel yet cantankerous, and not historical, just current spontaneous creativity from this pairing, flowing as it will into unlikely places.

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Imagine Dragons - Origins

Imagine Dragons - Origins

Imagine Dragons
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!

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Sunsquabi - Instinct

Sunsquabi - Instinct

Label: Sunsquabi

This Colorado based hydro funk trio really takes flight on their newest release. Each track instinctively takes on the name of a different animal or insect, led by a three-track series of singles “Caterpillar,” “Chrysalis,” and “Night Moth.” Technical wizardry shines on each track, propelled by signature wailing guitars, slithering synths and slap happy improvisational jams. Another blissful display of stunning sonic glory! Become part of their metamorphosis when you go see them (with Defunk) on 4/11 at Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI and 4/13 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI.

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Maneesh de Moor - Icaro

Maneesh de Moor - Icaro

Maneesh de Moor
Label: Pachamama Records

An Icaro (or sonic pattern) is a melody traditionally received by a shaman journeying in the spirit world. The Icaros contained here are contemporary interpretations of Icaros derived from Shipibo tradition, and altered to be played on special flutes, made of Tobacco branch and ancient wood. The recordings are nested amid original field recordings of the Amazon jungle by night and are highlighted by instruments like the ‘Chakapa’, an instrument made of leaves from the ancient Chakapa bush, which provides a very trance-like groove mated to the heart beating rhythms of a shaman’s drum. Superbly done!

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Opeth - In Cauda Venenum  

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum  

In Cauda Venenum  
Label: Nuclear Blast

Delightfully delicious, dynamic and intense musical drama from Sweden’s one and only Opeth! Their 13th release is a double, offering these 10 engaging and enrapturing progressive rock and metal compositions sung first and foremost in Swedish, but then also including with English accompaniment. Every listen unveils new layers of breathtaking delicacy, interesting interludes and amazing musicianship. Bravo!

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