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Favorites-of ’13:: Basia Bulat Tall Tall Shadow

Favorites-of ’13:: Basia Bulat Tall Tall Shadow

Last year, the world was won over by a relatively unknown, Canadian whose voice burned slowly over top of gospel melodies. Al Spx – better known as Cold Specks – was shrouded in mystery. Her melodies, while consuming at their best moments, were permitted liberties because of “the voice.” While different in texture, tone and(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Culture Reject Forces EP

Favorites-of ’13:: Culture Reject Forces EP

It seems like decades since we last heard from Michael O’Connell. His self-titled Culture Reject LP was a refreshing collection of loops and transitions; a musical journey that brought together the influence of countless remote locations and one man’s vision. Forces is a different beast. O’Connell still lets delicate picks and frantic percussion meld into(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Donovan Woods Don’t Get Too Grand

Favorites-of ’13:: Donovan Woods Don’t Get Too Grand

Donovan Woods is a refreshingly uncomplicated songwriter. Studio tricks, superfluous layers and cleverly turned phrases are left behind for scavengers to pick clean. Donovan’s most honest thoughts, purest emotions and best melodies are served without chasers or diluting mix. Simplicity and clarity are his two greatest gifts. Not surprisingly, Woods’ new record Don’t Get Too(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Hayden Us Alone

Favorites-of ’13:: Hayden Us Alone

“And some kids who heard, saw me in them, at a time when music was everything.” On the autobiographical “Almost Everything”, Hayden Desser sings of kids putting themselves into his mopey, heartfelt songs. Hayden sung what he knew, whether it was confusion or a love burning as bright and fast as a shooting star. The(…)