Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

Tarun Nayar
22 Degrees of Beatitude
Label: Chaiwalla’s Boombox

Culminating 10 years of DJ experience and influence have brought us to this multifaceted outpouring. These recording sessions from around the world show off layers of ethnic ambiance, which melt through culture after culture, while spurning a new branch of emotive electronica. Each song is fairly laid back and tells a story which represents a chapter in the artist’s life.

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Norska - Norska

Norska - Norska

Norska
Norska
Label: Brutal Panda Records

Tuned-down doom metal must be so fun to write. Loud, slow, huge, harsh, throbbing, epic, determined riffs and beats compliment the often harsh, but sometimes spacey vocals to produce a low end cacophony of dynamic delights. Contains members of and on tour with YOB this fall.

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Dopapod - Never Odd or Even

Dopapod - Never Odd or Even

Dopapod
Never Odd or Even
Label: self-published

Album number 4 finds our palindrome heroes tighter, broader, more defined, and roaring with exuberant new material. Strong jams and great breakdowns are the highlights that propel this swiftly flowing funky rock with electronic embellishments and melodic grooves to new frontiers and expectations.

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Red Rose - No Place Like Now

Red Rose - No Place Like Now

Red Rose
No Place Like Now
Label: self-published

Acts that sample instruments live then layer, sequence and assemble them into multifaceted multilayered creations are always intriguing to experience. This Madison duo compliments their synthetics with live looping from bass, guitar and drums, thus infusing analog instruments into the digital realm. The results are smooth and flowing psychedelic space jams crossed with dance friendly trip hop tantilizations amidst great ambient swells found in this delightful fusion of genres.

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David Newman - Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades

David Newman - Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades

David Newman
Acoustic Chant: Ukulele Kirtan Serenades
Label: White Swan

Although the traditional devotional chants of Kirtan are not often paired with ukulele, on his eleventh release, David Newman (Durga Das) not only leads with this unlikely instrument, but also adds in Hawaiian, Appalachian and American folk music flavors to the 10 sumptuous duets he sings with his wife Mira.  Also available as a songbook with CD, listeners can find sheet music with melodies and chords for a variety of instruments so they can play and chant along as they enjoy the healing mantras more thoroughly. What an amazing offering!

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Nahko and Medicine for the People - Hoka

Nahko and Medicine for the People - Hoka

Nahko and Medicine for the People
Hoka
Label: SideOneDummy Records

Destined to be the soundtrack of my summer, this landmark 19 track musical journey wrangles numerous genres and approaches to produce a stunning selection of anthems, ballads, raps, and invocations, that are highlighted with deep emotions, intense trauma, extreme sensitivity, Native American chants, and “radical” heartfelt ideals that Nahko and crew have forged into one of the strongest releases in recent memory. By adding trumpet and violin to the lineup, MFTP have jumped to a new level of attainability and tonal dynamics.

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