There''s no clear theme to this month''s batch of releases. In fact, there''s a pretty wide range of styles on display.
The Bridge: National Bohemian
(Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers)
Produced by Los Lobos'' Steve Berlin, this album mixes Southern rock, New Orleans grooves, funk, blues, and more into a roots-rock feast. Mandolin and human beatbox supplement the standard guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard lineup.
Listen to or download the song "Moonlight Mission" from The Bridge's new album, National Bohemian (Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers).
Bobby Long: A Winter Tale
Long, a British singer/songwriter/guitarist, serves up his studio-recorded debut, an impressive assortment of 11 folk- and rock-influenced tunes. The album was recorded on analog tape at Grammy-winner Liam Watson''s Toe Rag Studios, with sonically lush results.
Listen to or download the song "Penance Fire Blues" from Bobby Long's A Winter Tale (ATO Records).
Maceo Plex: Life Index
Maceo Plex (aka Eric Estornel) offers up plenty of cool electronic instrumentation and textures in this 12-track set of house music.
Watch the video for "Vibe Your Love," the first single from Maceo Plex's album Life Index (Crosstown Rebels).
Delicate Steve: Wondervisions
Trippy, quirky, and thoroughly original instrumentals from the studio of this multi-instrumentalist whose real name is Steve Marion. Acoustic and electronic instrumentation are mixed together with a gumbo of musical genres from rock to Afro Beat.
Listen to or download this song, "Butterfly" from Delicate Steves' Wondervisions (Luaka Bop).
(Done Right Recordings)
”Experimental hip-hop” is Kotchy''s description for his music, which melds a number of influences and features imaginative sound design. Kotchy produced the entire album and played all the instruments.
Listen to this excerpt from the Kotchy song "Sometimes I Get Down" from Two (Done Right Recordings).