Song Spotlight: Travelling Song – Ryn Weaver

 

Ryn Weaver popped up on Sound Cloud a couple of years ago out of nowhere. And then this album came out.

Travelling Song is kind of an outlier on her album. It’s quieter, and lovelier, in an intentional sort of way. And I really like it. The video is kind of verging on maudlin when paired with this song, but it’s fitting and really,  the song is lovely.

Album Review: Psychopomp – Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast is the creation of Michelle Zauner, lead singer from the indie rock band Little Big League. When she left Little Big League to spend time with her mother in Oregon during a fight with cancer, she gathered work to create a kind of low-fi album that winds up being part dream pop, and part the Sundays.

Zauner’s voice carries you through Psycopomp as she sings about loss, pain, and dependence. Her voice keeps you grounded in the seriousness against even the sunniest music on the album, and lifts you above the turbulence in the darkest.

Recommendation: Buy It

Songs I have a Playlist for: In Heaven, Jane Cum, Triple 7

Clunkers I will Thumbs Down: There aren’t any.

 

Song Spotlight: Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

 

A throwback to my childhood, or summer 2014, if you’re really young…Redbone was a Native American band that had several hits. This is the one most people can think of, because it was used in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. Who know that kicking your way through space rats could be done with such rhythm?

Album Review: Patch The Sky – Bob Mould

Bob Mould, who started the influential punk band Hüsker Dü, and later, the critically successful Sugar, just released his 11th solo album, Patch The Sky. He has as much as said this album is was helping him cope with the nut kicking life laid on him after the release of his 2014 album Beauty & Ruin.  His mother died, and this album reflects on lost relationships, loves, and lives, and the frontal assault of associated depressions.

Throughout the album, Mould gives us a cacophony of fuzzy guitars that evoke a gloriously angry past, while stark lyrics ground us firmly in his present. This is an album that doesn’t really take time to catch it’s breath, pushing with a fury throughout.

Recommendation: Buy It

Songs I have a Playlist For: Voices in My Head, The End of Things, Losing Time

Clunkers I will Thumbs Down: Lucifer and God

Song Spotlight: God – Tori Amos

Perhaps the least likely and yet most compelling hit Tori Amos had off Under the Pink, God followed the equally unlike Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm at the top of the modern rock charts, which I suppose shows where the American psyche was in 1994.

And a critique of how screwed up a world that is supposedly protected by a benevolent and loving deity is is always necessary.

Song Spotlight: No Rain – Blind Melon

Quite possibly the closest thing to a genuine psychadelia song that has ever topped the alternative charts, No Rain is the surprisingly endearing legacy left behind by Blind Melon, whose potential reign on American radio airwaves was cut short by the fatal overdose of lead singer Shannon Moon.