Tag Archives: ambient

Review – JT Bates’ Open Relationships music release at the Icehouse: Ambient takes center stage

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By Ann Treacy

JT Bates rang out 2015 by releasing his solo production Open Relationships at his Monday night series JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. Bates plays with almost every musician in town from Alpha Consumer to Erik Koskinen to Free Jazz on Mondays. So there was some question, at least at our table, about what to expect, although having Mankwe Ndosi (culture weaver with stately voice) and  Davu Seru (noted improvisational drummer) play before was some indication. The music is more free jazz than Americana. Continue reading

Review – Pseudoubt – Where Nothing Grows

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By: Kaleb Bronson

Enter a world of ambiance, contrasted with intellectual hip-hop and stylistic beat focused rhythms, enter Pseudoubt’s new album, Where Nothing Grows, a collection of electronically charged verses that tickle parts of the mind. Continue reading

Review – Bloodpine – Fever Prone Circus Owned

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By J.J. Anselmi

Fever Prone Circus Owned is Bloodpine’s debut LP, but you’d never guess. Each song, as well as the album as a whole, exhibits a mature sense of structure, instrumentation, and subtlety. With equal parts light and dark, Fever Prone Circus Owned conjures images of immense natural landscapes and a deteriorating small town America. Continue reading

Review – Aero Flynn – Self Titled

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By Derek Lynch

Aero Flynn is the newest emergence out of camp Bon Iver, a group that’s already found success with Field Report, Megafaun, Peter Wolf Crier, S. Carey, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. as well as any record Justin Vernon produces, contributes to, or so much as lays a finger on. Frontman Josh Scott was a part of the Eau Claire scene back in the ‘06-’07 era with his band Amatuer Love, finding regional success and rubbing shoulders with Vernon and Co. Aero Flynn comes from a seven-year hiatus in songwriting, during which time Scott lay low, having been diagnosed with autoimmune disease and depression. Continue reading

Review – Shane David Kramer – ECSS5: The Promising Signs of Stars

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By Derek Lynch

Anyone who’s been lucky enough to stumble onto Minneapolis’s incredible shoegazing corner of the scene is already familiar with space-rockers Fire In the Northern Firs. Unfortunately, they haven’t seen much action over the past year. Continue reading