Simon Toldam Trio, Green Dome, Diarrheal Blast, Cheeto’s Magazine, Deathcrush, and Marilyn Mazur

Simon Toldam Trio – Omhu (Ilk Music)

Omhu means “care” in Danish, and, as you can hear on Simon Toldam Trio‘s new album, it’s a well chosen name. The music that welcomes you upon arrival is slow… quiet… thoughtful… careful. It might be one of the most minimalistic efforts in modern jazz that I’ve heard recently, but, just like last year’s Animal Image, it strikes a chord with me, rather powerfully. It’s delightful.


Green Dome – Thinking in Stitches (Case Study Records)

Thinking in Stitches is a beautiful avant-garde masterpiece. The harp-piano-drums trio Green Dome is supplemented by … Read more

Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 9 February

This Saxophone Kills Fascists – Live at Turn! Turn! Turn! (free jazz)

Olympia, Washington


Sunday, 10

Oedon’s Writhe – The Essence of the Formless [EP] (black metal, noise)

Croatia


Monday, 11

Karfagen – Echoes from within Dragon Island [2-disc] (progressive rock)

Ukraine
On Caerllysi Music

A Million Dead Birds Laughing – To the Ether (technical death metal)

Melbourne, Australia


Tuesday, 12

Coral Cross – 002 (blackgaze)

New York, New York
On Black Mirror

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Identikit, Ni, Dali Mráz, Steph Richards, Eli Wallace, and Uboa

Identikit – Mind’s Eye Meteorology

The Atlanta sextet Identikit is looking to release its new album—titled Mind’s Eye Meteorology—on March first. The forty-minute effort showcases the band’s fusion of jazz and progressive rock. As you can hear with this single, “Horizons”, Identikit moves fluidly back and forth between light and dark, soft and harsh, and, in general, conveys a very expressive message. Be sure to keep an eye out for when the album drops!


Ni – Pantophobie (Dur et doux)

It is without surprise that you read my words about Ni‘s upcoming release. One of my favourite bands … Read more

Lou Kelly, Zajwert, and Sick Boss

Lou Kelly – From the Vault: Sore Losers (avant rock, cut and paste metal)

Brand new from Lou, we are presented a skillful and relentless experiment in stylistic mish-mash. As a freebie “gift” release of former contest-entry songs, this one cuts between metal flourishes, quirky Elfmanesque themes, square wave breaks, so many idiosyncratic genre motifs, and even a borrowed melody or two. … Read more

Anne Paceo, Black to Comm, Sándor Valy & Júlia Heéger, Ludwig, Mòs Ensemble, and Monolithes

Anne Paceo – Bright Shadows (Laborie Jazz)

French drummer and composer Anne Paceo releaser her latest collection of compositions in late January. Bright Shadows is a marvellous work blending modern jazz, R&B, and pop music into a delectable product. With Ann Shirley and Florent Mateo on vocal duties, the songs are in good care, and indeed the melodies presented are poignant and memorable. Similarly, the saxophone and clarinet, guitar, and keyboards are all just right, in their own way. Finally, the drums evidently serve well the compositions, and often shine through by originality and precision. However, they are not the … Read more