Here are some of the more interesting releases that have come across my desk in recent weeks. As usual, a wide range of styles is represented.
Stick Men Soup (Stick Men Records)
Ex-King Crimson member Tony Levin teamed up with fellow Chapman Stick virtuoso Michael Bernier and current Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto. Not surprisingly, minor keys, odd time signatures, dissonant riffs, and flashy playing ensued. A prog-rock feast.
Here's an excerpt from "Relentless" from the Stick Men CD Soup (Stick Men Records, 2010).
The Cringe Play Thing (Listen Records)
Smart, poppy rock from bandmembers John Cusimano, James Rotondi, Jonny Matias, and Shawn Pelton. Plenty of energy and solid playing throughout.
This excerpt is from the song "No Control" on The Cringe's new album, Play Thing (Listen Records, 2010).
Kaki King Junior (Rounder Records)
Kaki King, who made her name as an innovative acoustic guitarist, has experimented more with electric sounds lately, and Junior follows that trend. With a drummer and bassist in tow, this album leans more toward songs than instrumentals, but there''s still plenty of tasty fretboard work.
Clara Moto Polyamour (InFiné Records)
Shimmering synth textures and clever sound design permeate this mostly instrumental, house-inspired album by Moto, who hails from Austria.
This excerpt is from the song "Alma" from the Clara Moto album Polyamour (Infiné Records, 2010).
Audio Bullys Higher Than the Eiffel (Face Piece/Cooking Vinyl)
The first album in four years for Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale will fall under the heading of dance music, but actually is pretty eclectic (see the cover of The Temptations'' “Smiling Faces”).
This segment is from the song "London Dreamer" off of the Audio Bully's CD Higher Than the Eiffel (Face Piece/Cooking Vinyl, 2010).