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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Acoustic
    Nouela - Chants

    Nouela - Chants

    Nouela
    Chants
    Label: Control Group Records

    Marrying matter-of-fact melodramatics to arresting piano-based pop “Chants,” plants scorching torch-song scorn alongside prowling nightclub lust. Unveiling lively insights inside sophisticated sizzle, former People Eating People front-woman composes imploring stories rich in major mojo. Playing the majority of instruments as well as co-producing, Nouela’s beguiling trials bring swinging invigorating taunts born of world-wounded wisdom and drenched in flirtatious jungle stealth

    Nouela WebsiteNouela Facebook

    Aimee Wilson - Unto Us the Sun

    Aimee Wilson - Unto Us the Sun

    Aimee Wilson
    Unto Us the Sun
    Label: The Factorye

    Stoic harps, nomadic pianos and rumbling tympanis weave tentative sentiments around weathered memories; the dappled, magical, “Sun,” circles and skirts elaborate madrigals, emergent dirges and Saxon ballads exploring flaxen passages beneath macramé mazes. Dramatic chamber-jazz tactics open brooding moods as spiritual pilgrim Wilson surrenders to indigenous mysteries spun from elusive truths hiding intangible challenges for hypnotic frolics and discerning journeys.

    Aimee Wilson WebsiteAimee Wilson Facebook

    Anne Heaton - Honeycomb

    Anne Heaton - Honeycomb

    Anne Heaton
    Honeycomb
    Label: Spill Records

    Tactfully adapting Sufi verse, Catholic prayers and Coldplay, a harmonically rich singer-songwriter, Heaton squeezes playfully dainty pop topped in warm intimate folk; joyous voyages from a smart, sweet songbird. Dripping in graceful haste and melodic valentines, “Honeycomb,” springs, swims and sasses challenges, turning perceptive memories into luscious pillow-talk, hip sophisticated whimsy into Christmas wishes and heady editorial into cozy poetry.

    Anne Heaton WebsiteAnne Heaton FacebookAnne Heaton Wiki

    Julie Doiron - So Many Days

    Julie Doiron - So Many Days

    Julie Doiron
    So Many Days
    Label: Aporia

    Drawing from youthful country-blues pursuits and solitary alt-folk melancholy, Doiron’s congenial chamomile chameleon deliver self-reflective lullabies glazed in rumbling twang and swaddled in hummingbird harmonies, plain-spoken guitars and coy, cautious observations. Calico camaraderie steeped in meek sweetness and doused in mousy countenance, “Days,” flavors life’s everyday strife in unobtrusive reviews of subtle deeply-felt troubles yielding wishful epistles from barbed-wire diaries.

    Julie Doiron WebsiteJulie Doiron FacebookJulie Doiron Wiki

    She & the Sun - She & the Sun

    She & the Sun - She & the Sun

    She & the Sun
    She & the Sun
    Label: The Outlet Collective

    Whether covered in weepy, mountain-stream steel, smoldering electric guitars or sunny, tumbling mandolin an agreeable filigree lifts, “She,” in sly, beguiling heartache and eloquent benevolence. The sharp and stylish brother and sister graft laid-back jazz licks, soft-rock quips and country-folk notions onto hip, delicious pop topped in honky-tonk jaunts filled with tender resignation and sophisticated trade-offs frosted in upbeat embroidery.

    She & the Sun WebsiteShe & the Sun Facebook

    Brown Bird - Fits of Reason

    Brown Bird - Fits of Reason

    Brown Bird
    Fits of Reason
    Label: Supply & Demand

    Wicked intricacy provides grizzly intimacy among cleansing frenzies as, “Fits,” whips tricky electric licks and timid minstrel picking into haunted gallows night-tripping. Frisky gypsy fiddle and gritty twisted guitar canter and spar while Spanish tangents planted in galloping arabesques duel curdling Turkish minuets; BB’s smoke-house atonements stoke brimstone moments inside smoldering poetry woven from unrestrained flamencos washed in global hobo-folk.

    Brown Bird WebsiteBrown Bird Facebook

    John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

    John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

    John Grant
    Pale Green Ghosts
    Label: Partisan Records

    Lyrically fearless, “Pale,” rails and regales in retail tattletales; majestic melodies sweep and sneak snarky barbs and candid rants beneath intimate commitments to complicated natures.. From leathery synthetics to bubonic symphonics, propulsive electronics, grand-standing piano and ominous chamber-pop strings surround Grant’s calm, commanding voice for a layered banquet sanctioning willful, skillful pilgrims dishing frank, cantankerous bravado splashed in ego-bashing compassion.

    John Grant WebsiteJohn Grant FacebookJohn Grant Wiki

    Steve Gunn - Time Off

    Steve Gunn - Time Off

    Steve Gunn
    Time Off
    Label: Paradise of Bachelors

    Crafted from rustic muscle, tactical mastery and global mojo, “Time,” meanders in hypnotic chops, wiry guile and hippie serendipity; savvy tapestries weaving taunt knots within placid gymnastics. A disarming shaman with stoic vocals drawing mystical riffs from his acoustic guitar, Gunn’s pliable spirals funnel bluesy voodoo into psychotropic folk to coax intricate, intimate jams from his band’s roomy, intuitive ruminations.

    Steve Gunn WebsiteSteve Gunn Facebook

    Donna the Buffalo - Tonight Yesterday and Tomorrow

    Donna the Buffalo - Tonight Yesterday and Tomorrow

    Donna the Buffalo
    Tonight Yesterday and Tomorrow
    Label: Sugar Hill Records

    Bouncing between Cajun-baked hoedowns, bayou squeezebox teasers and calico mountaintop jamborees, DtB’s roots-riddled country-rock hops, skips and boogies, roasted and bolstered by smokin’ blues organ, slippery hillbilly fiddle and funky electric-guitar. Lively, laidback swamp-water blossoms arranged around frisky epiphanies, “Tonight,” plants home-grown peace and love in flower-powered honky-tonk whose rockin’ good-will two-steps between groovy patchouli zydeco and tasty jam-band reggae.

    Donna the Buffalo WebsiteDonna the Buffalo FacebookDonna the Buffalo Wiki

    The Deadly Gentlemen - Roll Me, Tumble Me

    The Deadly Gentlemen - Roll Me, Tumble Me

    The Deadly Gentlemen
    Roll Me, Tumble Me
    Label: Rounder

    Vibrant and resourceful, TDG’s traditional blue-grass line-up revel in elaborate narratives, scene-stealing playfulness and folk-rock leanings, the wistfully twisted Boston quintet’s runaway-train changes pit brisk riffs against unstoppable chops as each member’s voice gathers steam unleashing serene harmonies.  Peppered in tasty jam-band grand-slamming, “Roll,” coasts in casual one-upmanship; quietly providing a spidery drive to dive-bombing romps double-dipped in top-tapping happiness.

    The Deadly Gentlemen WebsiteThe Deadly Gentlemen Facebook

    Chris Berry - King of Me

    Chris Berry - King of Me

    Chris Berry
    King of Me
    Label: Kanaga System Krush

    Washed in frisky polyrhythmic bliss, “King,” crowns Afro-funky punches and nimble, bi-lingual chants extolling solid social conscience carried by humane refrains. California-born and Zimbabwe-educated, Berry, a multi-talented rhythmist, singer and international activist swims and swings in vigorous tropical pop drenched in contrapuntal wonders, spreading communal grooves between sun-roasted truths juggling tumbling drums, voracious vocalists, liquid bass and thundering thumb piano.

    Chris Berry WebsiteChris Berry FacebookChris Berry Wiki

    John Nagle - Distractions

    John Nagle - Distractions

    John Nagle
    Distractions
    Label: (Self-Release)

    A sentimental gentleness centers the electro-acoustic musings teetering between funky blue-eyed soul and sad chamber-jazz ballads; “Distraction,” attracts a casually magical low-key cabaret filled with jaunty electronics bridging brisk, sophisticated arrangements spanning crackling bluegrass and oddball pop-rock. Dodging easy labeling, Nagle’s tranquil banquets serve fluid coos in self-assured purrs, soliciting soft, sensitive tendencies from breathy regrets stretched over left-field appeal,

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