El Michels Affair "Yeti Season (Big Crown)"
From Big Crown:
Yeti Season brings us to a different place in time—with new inspirations. Taken with Turkish-styled funk and an almost Mumbai-esque take on soul, El Michels Affair offers us a different kind of drama and imagination with Yeti Season.
So what is Yeti Season? It could be more of a feeling than an actual place or time of year. It’s a heavy album—as evidenced by the signature musicianship and dramatic vocal expressions. But it’s also a hopeful record, with phrasings, textures, and chord changes that hint at something better—or fuller—coming our way. You hear it in songs like “Ala Vida,” with its stabby, pulsing chords laying a bedrock for EMA’s bright, atmospheric horn lines. Or even in “Fazed Out,” which leaves you with a feeling of determination, a striving for resolution even though the driving, march-like song structure should accompany some conquering army.
This persistence has to come from the fact that Leon Michels and company finished this record during the lockdown. It was a tough and troublesome time. But look at what has come of it: Yeti Season—a record of high and heavy drama, but also one of hope and promise.
It may take a year like 2020 behind us to find hope in a winter big footed creature like a Yeti, but that’s where we are.
The Peacers "Blexxed Rec (Drag City)"
A new album from the San Francisco act, The Peacers.
Mint Mile "Ambertron (Comedy Minus One)"
“A stunner.” – Chicago Reader
“Fans of Tim [Midyett]’s impressive music career will be floored by this musical statement. Recommended.” – Reckless Records
“A really remarkable album.” – All The Young Punks
“…will certainly appeal to fans of Silkworm, as the songs have that same sense of taut, sinewy, angular rock; sometimes it’s bleak and introspective, sometimes it’s joyous.” – Slow Thrills
Ambertron is the first full-length album by Mint Mile, a musical concern from Chicago, Illinois.
New Bums "Last Time I Saw Grace (Drag City)"
From Drag City:
Back in slagtion, New Bums, that duo nobody thought to ask for – Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny and Skygreen Leopards’ Donovan Quinn – are deeper in their nocturnal jungle where all the folly and failure in the world is like an elegant fever dream you want to have every night, and do. Dry humor and pathos pop in a collapsed acoustic vein!