Monthly archive March, 2011
Balto - October's Road

Balto – October’s Road

Albums with stories behind them seem to always evoke some sort of positive emotion from me, no matter what the premise.  October’s Road by Balto is one such piece. The collection opens with the thundering song “The Railyard“, one that sweeps the listener along with its somewhat whimsical melodies played out by guitar, banjo, mandolin...
Herr Soehngen & Madame Signe - Down in the Forest

Herr Soehngen & Madame Signe – Down in the Forest

Germany’s full of talented people.  The countryside is gorgeous, the public transportation system is sick, and the music is vibrant (to say the least).  Most know the nation for their mad techno beatz, but just like everything else, there’s much more beneath the surface. Enter Herr Soehngen und Madame Singe.  These two German musicians came...
Floex - Machinarium Soundtrack

Floex – Machinarium Soundtrack

Stellar video game soundtracks don’t come along very often, but when they do, it takes me some time to regain my composure.  I still haven’t recovered from the state of wonder that this album left me in. The soundscapes in the Machinarium Soundtrack were meticulously crafted by one of the most creative minds on the internet.  ...
Julia and the Doogans - Come Home EP

Julia and the Doogans – Come Home EP

Scotland has been churning out a great many indie-folk artists worth mentioning, particularly the Glasgow group Julia and the Doogans. Sticking to a relatively minimalist guitar/banjo/cello/piano ensemble, this four song EP showcases Julia’s lovely voice and vivid songwriting capabilities.  Though the first two tracks are a bit melancholic, all four  pop songs are well constructed and will get stuck in your head....