Cave "Allways (Drag City)"
Leave it to Tiny Mix Tapes to put so succinctly what I was trying to put into words while listening to the new Cave album Allways (Drag City). “CAVE as masters of groovy repetition reminiscent of krautrock in its purest form?” It would appear that their time spent in Chile played heavily in this new direction of their sound, this sort of thing is huge there. This sort of thing is also huge in my headphones, but no one cares what I’m listening to in my off time. But it’s this new CAVE record for sure. Bliss out to the groovy psych of “San’Yago.”
Dead Rider Trio feat. Mr. Paul Williams "Dead Rider Trio feat. Mr. Paul Williams (Drag City)"
Dead Rider Trio feat. Mr Paul Williams? Lemme see here… oh… not THAT Paul Williams. That sure would have been weird. Yet… Somehow, this teaming might be even weirder? This Mr. Paul Williams sounds a little bit like Tim Curry playing the town drunk in a Monty Python movie. He appears to be something of a shithouse poet, rambling artistically over Dead Rider Trio doing their best free jazz impression. It’s a hot mess, and it’s a load of fun. Check out “Candles On Crabs.”
Janek Schaefer [For Robert Wyatt] "What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing (Temporary Residence)"
In 2014, acclaimed sound artist Janek Schaefer was commissioned to create an auditory experience using elements from Robert Wyatt’s Cukooland album. Like any good artist with a commision backing a project, he did just what was asked, and then a bunch more. What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing (Temporary Residence) collects the piece he was originally commissioned to do, as well as an album’s worth of music that was inspired by his work on that piece. Ambient, looping, ethereal music accompanied by spoken word snippets and sound effects. This is just the kind of thing to listen to when you want to bliss out in a smart-sounding way. So put on your tweed jacket and check “Tree at the end of the world.”
Shida Shahabi "Homes (Fat Cat)"
If Erik Satie would have listened to more indie rock, his compositions would have likely sounded a lot like those of Iranian pianist/composer Shida Shahabi. Homes, her debut on FatCat’s classical imprint 130701 is absolutely stunning. Primarily piano with ethereal keyboard hints, each one of these emotive compositions sounds practically written for peak cable TV. Which makes sense, as she sites film composition as her main influence (that and all the My Bloody Valentine and Yo La Tengo she grew up listening to.) Check out the albums first song “Abisme.”