Dark clouds form, roil and drift through Out from the Harbor, the new album by Nikki Talley. It’s a moody collection, though the barometric pressure is impressive rather than oppressive.
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Sound track: “The Hunt” by Adrienne Ammerman
Each of the 13 tracks on Adrienne Ammerman’s new album The Hunt is relatively short and minimalistic, too — allowing for the melody to be carried by Ammerman’s voice. And that’s the magic of this record.
Sound track: “Sunday Best” by Fashion Bath
From the knuckle-pop percussion and the fuzzed-out opening lyrics of “The Kids,” Fashion Bath‘s newest release, Sunday Best is full of intrigue, dark shimmer and reticent importance. The EP is a mix of astute alt-pop (like “The Kids,” with its almost-slowdance beat and buzzy, heady melody) and explosive, driving noise-rockers (like “Funny Feeling,” with its […]
Sound track: Field Guide by Sarah Louise
One of the wonderful (and sometimes confusing) things about instrumental music is how open to interpretation it can be. While lyrics and instrumentation go hand in hand, the introduction of words does effectively contextualize a song. Of course there are other markers — rhythm, key, the instruments being played — that set a mood, but […]
Sound track: “Say What You Will” by Hope Griffin
The entire six-song collection, is as much about the orchestration of Griffin’s voice in collaboration with the instrumentation, as it is about the lyrics. Tender strings offer poignant accents, but it’s the low, almost whispery bowed bass that’s the happiest surprise.
Sound track: 1UP by Seers
1UP, the new record by Western North Carolina and Greensboro-based Seers is an unabashedly weird, inspired, fantastical, bizarre and transcendent collection. The nine-track album is just part of a larger project — released by the collective Nomad Staff — including short films and music videos. The combination is a slide down a rabbit hole of […]
Sound track: We Can All Relate
The Stump Mutts’ newest album, We Can All Relate (released in November), takes its title from the chorus of the track, “Ignorance Bring Bliss”: “Hey, we can all relate. Let’s sing along and play, don’t question anything.” That song, a driving — though mid-tempo — rocker pairs heavy bass (John Lindsey), guitars (Neal Ward and […]
Sound Track: Sidecar Honey
Sidecar Honey is the songwriting trifecta of Dave Dribbon, Jeff Honeycutt and Randy Dzielak — a self-described “down home roots sounds with an original modern edge” outfit. But what makes this Americana act (in a sea of roots-music bands) a stand out is the smart juxtaposition of shrewd songwriting and high-energy rhythm. Not that Sidecar […]
Sound track: “American Hollow” by Bask
With song titles like “High Mountain Pass” and “Land of the Sky,” you might think that American Hollow, the latest effort from local four-piece Bask is a bluegrass offering. You would be wrong. From the opening guitar riffs of “High Mountain Pass,” the album asserts itself with coiling intensity and crushing percussion. On its Bandcamp […]
Sound Track web extra: “Already Nothing” by Telecine
Already Nothing, the new EP (and third album) by local noise-rock trio Telecine (Andrew Larson, Steven Teague, Jon McDuffie) is, actually, a lot of something. In under 30 minutes, the scopic project crashes and drifts through moods and vistas. It’s at once aggressive and aloof, tightly-coiled and unpinned, gritty and refined. The album, recorded in Haywood […]
Sound Track: Wes Tirey/Andrew Weathers “split”
The new split album by Asheville-based Wes Tirey and Andrew Weathers (from Oakland, Calif. by way of Chapel Hill, N.C.) is titled, aptly, split. And while the Scissor Tail Records release is a mere three tracks, don’t expect a quick listen. The shortest song clocks in at over 10 minutes. But this folk and drone […]
Sound Track web extra: Big Daddy Love’s “This Time Around”
There’s no easing into “Nashville Flood,” the lead track of Big Daddy Love‘s new album, This Time Around. In fact, that driving rocker — complete with The Turkuaz Horns — posses a kind of polished grit and music business savvy that seems a major departure from past Big Daddy Love offerings. But this is a […]
Sound Track web extra: Shane Perlowin’s “Odei”
Shane Perlowin is prolific. His new solo album, Odei, follows less than a year after his last release, Anatomy of a Moment, with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Also in that eight months or so, Perlowin toured in Europe, composed sheet music and begat an heir — hence Odei‘s spritely-if-contemplative middle track, “Is That You My Daughter […]
Sound Track web extra: eric + erica at The Grey Eagle
There are plenty of couple acts cutely reenacting Sonny and Cher, Johnny and June, Ike and Tina. It’s a thing on which countless publicists have attempted to capitalize: “Not only are they married, they also write and perform together!” But while the Crushed Outs and the Johnnyswims and the Holly Golightly/Lawyer Daves of the touring […]
Sound Track web extra: “Stranger Things and Truer Words”
Local singer-songwriter Paul Edelman’s February release is a pitch-perfect collection, inspired largely by travel — in both the exterior and interior sense. The 10 tracks stitch dusty Americana and gritty folk-rock with jangly guitar and the kind of songwriting that hits sharp and sticks strong as a stubborn splinter. In the very best way.
Seeing the Lighght: Kishi Bashi in Asheville
The thing about a Kishi Bashi concert is that you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the songs to get the show. In fact, there’s something to be said for coming into contact with a Kishi Bashi (the project of singer-songwriter/violinist/composer K Ishibashi) song for the first time. They’re not so much songs in the verse-chorus-verse sense as tiny worlds encapsulated in sound that ranges from bubbly pop to sweeping classical composition. The Athens, Ga.-based musician played The Grey Eagle on Tuesday in advance of his new album, “Lighght”; Tall Tall Trees opened.
Sound Track: It all comes down to this
Local musician/composer Danny Peck, aka dep, releases his most ambitious album to date on Thursday, March 20.
Coconut Cake at Jack of the Wood
The local band played an all-too-rare show last weekend. Like the confection it’s named for, Coconut Cake is complex, richly textured and sophisticated — and easily digestible.
Sound Track web extra: Hidden Harbor
Local percussionist and tea alchemist Miles Cramer releases an EP that’s as much mystical journey as play list. Photo from Facebook.
Moogfest announces local acts
A dozen Asheville-based acts (including Hello Hugo, pictured) are included on the latest round of performers, slated to play Moogfest this April. Click through for a music mix.
Sound Track web extra: The Low Counts at Jack of the Wood
The drum-and-guitar duo from Statesville played a blistering, window-fogging, dance-floor-quaking set in Asheville last weekend.