Hello, and Happy New Year my dear friends, I hope you’re having a great start to the year. I’m back with the first edition of 9 Albums You Should Listen To, this is Week 02 2023, and I have great stuff for you to enjoy, probably to discover and if you feel like it, share it with the world.
The first album of the week this year belongs to Michael Donoghue and Pulses with Infant:
“This is an 8-track album that combines both of our styles, blending together my minimalism and ambience, with Pulses upbeat, groovy breaks. I’m super happy with how this album has come out and I’m sure you’ll like it too. There’s a bit of everything – poppy electro, breaks, DnB, techno, chill out, and much more!”Michael Donoghue
I’m positive we’re going to have a great year, really exciting times are ahead of us, so join me week in and week out to find together great gems to support and spread the word, because even when you might not know it, we need them more than we can imagine to carries us through the ups and downs that we’ll have this year.
ALL ALBUMS/EPS SUBMITTED AND
DISCOVERED VIA MUSOSOUP
1.- Michael Donoghue & Pulses Two music producers found each other’s work through the power of the Internet. Loving and supporting each other’s music soon led them to start sending works to each other, initially for remixing reasons. But soon enough, the pair of producers ended up collaborating. “Infant” is the perfect example of such collaboration between two, in this case quite different artists. You can read our review here.
2.- The long-running career of indie singer-composer Richard Tyler Epperson stretches into new territory with his fourth album A Wandering Mind released on January 1st of 2023! The album features a new approach to his characteristic sound that he has been building through the years with intimate DIY electronic music that reflects on deep themes to form a connection with his audience and himself. A Wandering Mind is Richard Tyler Epperson’s most ambitious project and one you should LISTEN NOW!!! You can read our review here.
3.- The debut album ‘infatuation’s a nightmare‘ explores the ups and downs of love from the beginning to the end of an entire relationship. Being written and produced by Rhiannon and Cameron alongside their friend Bradley Weston (of the band TRASH), the band explores the sonics of indie-pop and its genre-defying sounds that undeniably mark the sound of LONG ISLAND. Comprising of months of work initially for a university project and falling in love with collaboratively working together, ‘infatuation’s a nightmare’ is the best parts of Stephenson, Conner, and Weston’s close friendship and their synergy of their strengths.
4.- RollercoasteR is a group of two musicians, producers, and composers coming from two different musical worlds meet again after two decades of separation. This second meeting was inevitable as the desire to merge their ideas was strong. “Late at night” brings the band back to a more guitaristic music, more adorned with rock sounds as it could be done in the 80s but with a more electronic, actual production, a synthwave recipe with this hint of glam metal.
5.- Natalie Good “Close to Closure” In her own words: “I wrote this e.p during a horrendous breakup after discovering that my boyfriend at the time had lied to me about a lot of people and things and committed identity theft fraud against me with his mother.
In one week, I lost my boyfriend, My Lash business that I was running from his house, My holiday that I paid for which his mother cancelled whilst pretending to be me over the phone and then of course, my mind. Writing this e.p was the only thing that saved me from myself at my lowest point where I had no choice but to break up with him even though I still loved him, I had to respect myself and put myself first by removing him from my life and moving on in hope that I would find somebody better and new…..Each song has it’s own chapter in our relationship and breakup…”
6.- Olvine, newcomers to the jazz fusion scene in the northwest of England, present their music to the world with their debut EP, Brady’s Caravan. Formed amidst the collaborative headiness of Liverpool’s vibrant jazz culture and late-night jam sessions, Olvine came together through what can only be described as mutual adoration. Initially formed by Harry Jones (guitar) and Harry Simmonds (keys/vocals), the band grew to encompass Tom Benson (drums) and eventually Will Hogan (bass) over the course of successive shows and the magic that each one embodied. The intricate blend of each members’ style now coalesces into a sound that seems as inevitable as it is ineffable: jazz meets jungle, odd meters meet future soul, and afrobeat meets drum & bass.
7.- “One Step Closer to Heaven” is Gergely Kalapis‘ third LP, featuring himself on all instruments and vocals. The concept of the LP revolves around Heaven – not just the Heaven people commonly refer to, but also Heaven on Earth, a place of content and happiness, one is working towards to day by day, and hopes to experience once in their lifetime. A place where everything has fallen into its place and where tranquillity and harmony defines existence. Although not every song has direct references to this Heaven or the other, in some way, each relates to the journey one has to take in their quest for this ideal place, as well as some of the joys, sorrows, challenges and realisations along the way.
8.- Beautiful Animal…what is it? Can you cuddle it? Is it dangerous? Is it provocative or provoked? Will it lick or bite and does it hurt? Does it carry any contagious disease? YES! It does – and much more! Once discovered upon its natural territory, a mere spectator could start showing strong symptoms of joy or happiness. Some jump up, hit the dance floor, swaying in most ruttish fashion like a moose during the full moon. The others might lean back and enjoy the sonic sphere highlighted by the distinctive, alluring songs. Typically, a contact leaves the victim aroused and satisfied, blurry or fuzzy but eventually brushy, and latest field reports claim the affair being mutual between the predator and the prey, very likely to last longer than a night or two.
9.- Rooms The album’s soft raw driven sound stands out from their other albums, it might be their most confident and intimate work. The 12 songs from “Don’t be yourself ” weave through the tangles of love, lullabye, grief/loss, home/work, solitude and the spirals of motherhood. Don’t be yourself continues to build on sentiments of past albums; including You’re like the wind, a big gust of nothing (2017/pretzel), and It takes a lot to show up (2016/pretzel).
I hope not only you can enjoy these artists but also remember to support them, streaming and sharing their work that obviously you can find in the Playlist Less Than 1,000 Followers, Fresh Singles, Indie Only, Alterindie State of Mind, Female Rising Stars, 12 New Songs This Week, Chill – Folk – Acoustic, Debut Bands (Off The Radar), Sickest & Dopest, Unknown but Essentials!
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Here is a guide (Playlist) with one track from each of the albums presented in this round-up: