Easy Listening

Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

Back in January, DROELOE released a single called "Backbone", a dance track that mixed minimalist beats with a complex chorus, and delivered a "tough love" message. Now DROELOE is back with "Many Words", a new single that takes their music in a different direction than their previous effort, and shows that they are not held down by only one style.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Mimicking Birds
Label: 
Glacial Pace records

So, popular culture has finally invaded our language to the point that a non popular aimed song uses its terminology, an interesting concept that has some amusing context when thought out. That said, this is a great album with some incredibly chill vibes going through the whole. all the songs are incredible so choosing any of the tracks on the back will work for practically any show that has played alt before.

Sounds Like: 
Cold Play
Sounds Like: 
Vampyr Weekend
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
Derek Minor
Label: 
Reflection Music Group

I really liked the album. At the beginning it sounded more like something you would hear off of a Big Sean album. What I found most captivating was the use of the bass and melodic singing in the chorus, but also the clear pronunciation of his words. Later on into the album you begin to hear what would sound like something from a Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar or Drake project; although saying this album is somewhat close to a project of Big Sean, Drake or Kendrick Lamar, it may be setting the bar a little high. Overall this is a great album and the sound quality is terrific. 

Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
Canon
Name: 
Orion Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Tigger Benford & Party
Label: 
Self-Released

Tigger Benford is a composer, percussionist, and professor at Rutgers University. Along with his assembled team of talented musicians, Benford has created an incredibly diverse and intriguing album. Undoubtably falling into the World genre, Vessel of Gratitude features a broad set of instruments that you've probably never heard of, the main one being the amadinda (Ugandan xylophone) pictured on the album's cover. Apart from a couple string instruments, and a piano here and there, the songs are mostly based around percussion instruments.

Sounds Like: 
Tigger Benford
Sounds Like: 
A Renaissance Festival
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2015
Artist: 
Myriad 3
Label: 
Alma Records
Sounds Like: 
Vincent Lyn
Sounds Like: 
Chilly Gonzales
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
09/02/2014
Artist: 
The Chris Parker Trio
Label: 
GPR Records
Sounds Like: 
Chick Corea
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2013
Artist: 
Chaise Lounge
Label: 
Modern Songbook Records
Sounds Like: 
Anne Farnesworth
Sounds Like: 
Lisa Kirchner
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2013
Artist: 
Suzi Stern
Label: 
Bus Biscuit Records

Romancing The Dark is one part lounge music, one part adult contemporary, and one hundred parts jazz. A journeywoman on her seventh jazz album, Stern has put together a cohesive, mature, and sometimes bland, work. Her voice is clear and strong, but I’ve always thought vocal talent has lied in innovation and uniqueness over traditional technique. While she mostly sings in a forgettable, Disney soundtrack-esque manner (see “Hymn”), she shines on a few moments, particularly on “Moth”. The instrumentals are far and away the highlight of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Watered Down Disney Music
Sounds Like: 
Your Mom's Car
Name: 
Jake Ramirez
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2013
Artist: 
Sylvia Bennett
Label: 
Out of Sight Music, Inc.

We don’t get a whole lot of lounge-esque music these days, but what we’ve received (that I’ve heard and reviewed) has been borderline disappointing and often hilarious.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this album to stand out from my previous experiences.

 

Sounds Like: 
Anne Farnsworth
Sounds Like: 
Lisa Kirchner
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
09/02/2013
Artist: 
Jacob Varmus
Label: 
Crows' Kin Recording Co.

Very clever title this album has. “Terminal Stillness,” complete with wordplay and an album covered in pictures in which the subject is careful to not look at the camera at all, is actually not pretentious-sounding. It IS a bit forgettable at times, though. It’s very smooth, quiet jazz that is very relaxing and clearly played by talented musicians. There’s a hint of originality hither and thither, with some accordion-sounding stuff featured on Slide Rules and Myanmar Shadow, as well as a couple of snazzy xylophone doohickey parts.

Sounds Like: 
Chuck Mangione
Sounds Like: 
Herb Alpert
Sounds Like: 
Myriad 3
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2013
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