Instrumental
Rachel Brotman - Anecdote

Rachel Brotman – Anecdote

Improvisational jazz doesn’t usually sit well with me. Its unpredictability and lack of concrete structure stands counter to my subconsciously rigid definitions what music should sound like. Of course, inferring something as shortsightedly idiotic as the idea that great music should sound like anything is grounds for being burned at the stake, so I apologize for...
Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge

Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Instrumental rock is a tough nut to crack.  Without vocals to carry the melodies front and center, listeners can easily lose their way in a quagmire of guitar walls, bass lines and drum beats.  Add in the length of a typical release, and boredom can set in quickly if the songs aren’t structured to catch...
Ljones - Soul Below

Ljones – Soul Below

Most times, we deem it necessary that for a creative work to be considered stellar, it must push limits, create new definitions for its genre, or challenge us to question the status quo.  If it fails to do such a thing, most would consider it a flop.  Without big ideas or fancy new techniques, what’s...
Kg & the Storytellers - Inner Voices

Kg & the Storytellers – Inner Voices

Back in May, a record producer friend-o’-mine let me in on a secret.  He and Kevin Main, the head honcho behind Kg & the Storytellers, had finalized the recording of an ambitious multi-level album.  The production journey had been a long one, requiring the schedules of upwards of ten musicians to converge and fuse their...
Soehngen - How Do You Do?

Soehngen – How Do You Do?

A few months ago, I featured the Down in the Forest EP – a short collection of songs composed by two German musicians of entirely different backgrounds. While the four tracks featured colorful pop elements juxtaposed against a backdrop of downtempo electronic beats, they left me with a lust for more.  I wanted a taste...
Album Preview - Kg and the Storytellers

Album Preview – Kg and the Storytellers

I recently sat down with Kevin Main, the mastermind behind Kg and the Storytellers, to preview his most recent brainchild Inner Voices.  In November 2009, the Rhode Island native cobbled together a talented group of musicians to help him realize his vision of releasing a full length studio album.  Now, 18 months after the journey...
The Flashbulb - Love as a Dark Hallway

The Flashbulb – Love as a Dark Hallway

I remember the moment I first heard The Flashbulb, Benn Jordan’s sporadic musical brainchild.  It was at the time he had been fighting with iTunes over the publication of his music by an unknown entity (specifically Soundtrack to a Vacant Life).  He had never authorized Apple to sell his music for him, though someone else...
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.  ...