Charlie Bertsch / 21 Feb 2024

No World Beat Here

Random Inc’s Sonic Jerusalem

In the early 2000s, Sebastian Meissner assembled a team of electronic musicians to communicate the experience of being in Jerusalem without recourse to traditional idioms.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 28 Jun 2023

Back to the Future

Decisive Pink’s Ticket to Fame

Ticket to Fame, the debut LP by avantpop duo Decisive Pink, isn’t likely to take them far. But the band's refusal to follow the playbook for success gives the record a staying power that hit-minded music rarely achieves.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 14 Jun 2023

Genre Bending

Bendik Giske, Self-Titled

Even more than Bendik Giske’s previous recordings, the Norwegian saxophonist’s eponymous new album brings out the instrument’s remarkable potential as a rhythm section.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 15 Mar 2023

Socialist Realism Done Right

Sleaford Mods’ UK Grim

If the UK had gone in a different direction over the past decade, if its leaders had remembered the people who slaved to make it great, Sleaford Mods might have become one of those novelty acts that disappear from view after a song or two.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 22 Feb 2023

After Music

Through Mazes Running, by Drew Daniel and John Wiese

Through Mazes Running, the new collaboration between Drew Daniel (Matmos, The Soft Pink Truth) and John Wiese (Sissy Spacek), toes the line between pleasure and pain with great dexterity.(...)

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