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M. Ward releases tenth solo album, Migration Stories, featuring production from Arcade Fire

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In a time when everyone is forced to stay home, M. Ward is thinking about movement. On his new 11-track album, Migration Stories, the singer-songwriter delivers soft but richly textured folk songs that would perfectly soundtrack a late night drive consisting of empty strip malls and paced by blinking red lights.

The album is Ward’s Tenth solo effort and follows 2018’s self-released What A Wonderful Industry. But, in addition to his solo work, he has also released records as half of the indie pop duo She & Him and in the supergroup Monsters Of Folk.

Four songs from Migration Stories preceded its release including the lead single “Migration of Souls” and the folksy lullaby “Heaven’s Nail and Hammer.” The album features production from Arcade Fire members Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry. Craig Silvey, who has mixed several AF records, also lends his talent here. And, for any record collectors, the 12” vinyl comes in a coke bottle format, which in my opinion, looks pretty cool.

Check out Migration Stories and take a listen to “Heaven’s Nail and Hammer,” my favorite of the singles, below:

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bSOhgd

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2UzwBjA

The Necks ponders its identity and legacy on Three, a personal album that’s as accessible as it is challenging

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The bustling, unrestrained soundscapes created by The Necks are unmistakable. Since the late 80s, the Australian trio has blended jazz, ambient and experimental music to form lengthy, hypnotic pieces. And by developing an instrumental formula of piano, drums and bass — with the occasional organ and guitar — the band has won a dedicated following that seems to grow with every new album. Continue reading The Necks ponders its identity and legacy on Three, a personal album that’s as accessible as it is challenging

In light of a cancelled tour, Uniform & The Body release collaborative album, Live at the End of the World

This spring, Brooklyn noise rock duo Uniform and Rhode Island experimental metal band The Body planned to bring their latest collaboration, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back, to life with a string of North American tour dates. But, after only a handful of shows, the supergroup was forced to cancel the remainder of their tour given the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19. Continue reading In light of a cancelled tour, Uniform & The Body release collaborative album, Live at the End of the World

Huntsmen builds a hostile desert world on epic sophomore LP, Mandala of Fear

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Two years after its full-length debut American Scrap, Chicago metal outfit Huntsmen have returned with a bluesy concept album more than twice the length of its predecessor. Mandala of Fear, the band’s 85 minute sophomore effort, immerses listeners in a hostile desert world to which even God has turned a blind eye. Continue reading Huntsmen builds a hostile desert world on epic sophomore LP, Mandala of Fear

Jordan Reyes balances childlike wonder with world-weary dissonance on the dual release Fairchild Soundtrack + Border Land EP

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Jordan Reyes’ latest output is not your typical album. Although its runtime of 36 minutes falls in the range of a full-length, Fairchild Soundtrack + Border Land EP is really a combination of the Chicago musician’s recent film score and a three song EP, with both sharing similar textures and feelings. But, despite these commonalities, listening to each project on this release is like visiting opposite extremes: one minimalistic and breezy, the other chaotic and challenging. Continue reading Jordan Reyes balances childlike wonder with world-weary dissonance on the dual release Fairchild Soundtrack + Border Land EP

The Men returns to its country rock dabblings on ambitious new album, Mercy

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Comprehensive statements have never been the main takeaway from albums by The Men, and none of the Brooklyn rock band’s past seven releases would even come close to being considered “conceptual.”

But, instead of using extended narratives to hold records together, the band has developed a tendency to cluster songs that build upon each other to elevate stretches of its albums. And on the band’s eighth full-length, Mercy, The Men employs its clustering technique to masterful effect. Continue reading The Men returns to its country rock dabblings on ambitious new album, Mercy

Mechanimal takes viewers through a disorienting urban landscape in new music video for “Scavengers”

Back in January, Mechanimal released its fourth album, Crux, and now the Greek industrial rock band has shared a montage-like music video for the synth-driven track “Scavengers.” Continue reading Mechanimal takes viewers through a disorienting urban landscape in new music video for “Scavengers”