ALBUM REVIEW: “HAZE” by THE SHACKS

“I can’t avoid the haze,” sings The Shacks’ Shannon Wise in the opening track of the band’s new record, Haze, as her breathy voice emanates with tender nonchalance. It’s as if she is leaning forward to share a secret—a not-so-well-kept secret, as Wise and bandmate Max Shrager have been setting the scene ablaze since their…

ALBUM REVIEW: “LAVENDER” by O SUMMER

When I think of O Summer, I think of passion and the pursuit of dreams, of strength and sophistication, and of brilliance and boldness. I think of an indie-rock crew of fearless pals destined to change the world, and a circle of down-to-earth, funky friends who never miss an opportunity for a snack break at…

ALBUM REVIEW: “STYLO” by TOUBAB KREWE

OG Asheville band Toubab Krewe is breaking their seven-year studio silence with Stylo, their new album set for release on March 2nd.  Again, no words are needed as West African polyrhythmic melodies produced by instruments such as the Kora and Kamele n’goni are partnered with hypnotic beats from a traditional drum set and other African-centric…

ALBUM REVIEW: “YOU ARE HERE” by HIGH UP

Nostalgia in pop culture is at a current all-time high. Social division and unbridled technological advancement runs rampant, and has left many longing for something that feels familiar–for something safe, warm and comforting, something easily agreed upon and easily understood, a shared sense of time and place we can confide in to lift spirits as…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

  Will Varley – Spirit Of Minnie Today, UK-based folkster Will Varley released Spirit Of Minnie, his fifth studio album and first recorded with a backing band. Sweeping, yet subdued strings provide gauzy atmosphere around his delicate, acoustic finger-picking on some tracks, while others are fortified with keys, percussion, and yearning steel guitar. Whatever the…

ALBUM REVIEW: “EXPECTATIONS” by WILD CHILD

As their name implies, Wild Child jumps into a performance of reckless abandon rounded out by seasoned, mature restraint with Expectations, their fourth album, set for release on February 9th via Dualtone Records.  This record is a departure from their norm; they pull influences for a myriad of sources, embrace their moniker, and take a walk…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

Inara George – Dearest Everybody Today, singer-songwriter Inara George released Dearest Everybody, her first solo album in almost a decade, a deeply personal collection of songs that she didn’t intend to make into an album–but we’re so glad she did. Intricate instrumentation and whimsical arrangments compel us to listen, not just hear, as we hang on every…