MUSIC:reflections for 2022-06-10

If last week was about the ladies, then this week is about the fellas.

Nick Mulvey is finally back with a new album and tour. I’ve always loved his records for their understated brilliance – cool, chill, poignant and melodic.

We also have albums from FKJ, George Ezra, and Michael Rault, and new music from John McEntire & Sam Prekop, of The Sea and Cake and Tortoise fame, Belle and Sebastian and Of Monsters and Men.

Excited for the debut from Olan, new electronic releases from The Range and Mark Barrott and Hello Meteor.

Round it out with a reimagined seminal 90’s electronic/trance album from Chicane, and the next installment from the excellent GarciaLive series.


Last Week’s Distilled Gems:

Poliça and Angel Olsen delivered great albums, and new singles from San Holo, Phoenix, Lord Huron, Maggie Rgers, and boerd were all great. Horsegirl broke out with a solid 1990’s feeling indie rock record, which I was ready for. Lettuce, TTB and Bob Marley are all worthwhile listens if you like them.

This Week's New Releases

Everything in one playlist for easy consumption:
MUSIC:reflections for 2022-06-10
Individual Releases:
ODESZA – Wide Awake [ single ] electronic next waterfall single on the way to the album (out 7/22). This one has 5 songs though, so more of an ep
Nick Mulvey – New Mythology [ album ] indie, alternative Nick Mulvey has been putting out some of the most consistently thoughtful and high quality music for many years now
Belle & Sebastian – A Bit of Previous [ single ] indie pop So their recently released album is also called A Bit of Previous but this single with the same name didn’t appear on it. Go figure.
John McEntire & Sam Prekop – A Ghost At Noon [ single ] indie, electronic The Sea and Cake, and Tortoise members out with aa new single.
Olan – Contra [ album ] deep house, downtempo Bonobo vibes. On Anjunadeep.
Of Monsters and Men – Tíu [ ep ] indie, alternative
George Ezra – Gold Rush Kid [ album ] pop, soul, folk
FKJ – V I N C E N T [ album ] nu disco, neo soul
The Range – Mercury [ album ] electronic
Mark Barrott – Travelling Music [ ep ] electronic, downtempo
Michael Rault – Michael Rault [ album ] indie, rock, psychedlic Out on Wick Records, a subsidiary of Daptone which I hold in high regard
Chicane – Far From The Maddening Crowds – Evolution Mixes [ remixes ] electronic, ambient, trance, balearic I remember when Far From The Maddening Crowds was released in 1997, and it felt like it came out of nowhere and then was everywhere. Wild to see a reimagining of it 25 years later.
Hello Meteor – Conditioned Air [ album ] electronic, ambient
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – GarciaLive Vol. 18: November 2nd, 1974 Keystone Berkeley [ live ] rock, jam band, jazz, funk Another edition in the excellent archival series GarciaLive. Martin Fierro joins on horns giving it a Legion of Mary feel
The Dream Syndicate – Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions [ album ] indie, alternative Still around and making music after all these years

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