“Cut My Hair”

Comprised of eight aural vignettes, I See You Among the Stars by Jessica Risker is a wood-grained, amber-hued world respectfully orbiting influences like Nick Drake, Sibylle Baier, and the softest moments of Broadcast. Ultimately the album achieves what the best music in the genre does: pictures with tangible depth, color, and detail, painted with only a few well-chosen pigments. Through these songs Risker conveys the intimacy and introspection of a woman going about her simple matters at home, while creating an atmosphere to provide melancholy accompaniment to these very tasks. But the final result is something much more: a polyhedral, exploratory, and mystifying peer into a detailed pop-up storybook that reflects the mind and heart of its luminous creator. +

“Circle”

Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as Goldmund has established him as one of the preeminent composers of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, who himself once described Kenniff’s work as “so, so, so beautiful.” Hyperbolic as it may sound, Goldmund’s newest collection Occasus may be his most exquisite yet. Where his previous recordings trod faithfully and sincerely on paths of dimly lit, polaroid-esque nostalgia, Occasus deepens the undeniable aesthetic that was hard-won over eight previous Goldmund albums, while expanding the palette to include desultory clouds of synthesizer and a tastefully distressed analog sheen. Check out the first single “Circle” below. +

Nicole Schneit’s band Air Waves is back with their new album Warrior, which features contributions from Kevin Morby, Katie Von Schleicher, and members of Hospitality and Crystal Stilts. Understated, subtly sophisticated, and equally empowering and comforting, Warrior launches Air Waves above the apolitical complacency of too many of the group’s contemporaries. Schneit proudly declares her mission statement: “I want these songs to be heard by people in my queer community, but also by anyone that wants to feels strong, powerful, and included.” Check out the lead single "Morro Bay," which Stereogum called "…hypnotic and transportive" below. +

Akinetic was produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) and recorded at Erik Hall’s home studio in Chicago. Expanding on Hall’s known penchant for densely layered yet deliberately understated song craft, Akinetic yields ten new tracks of spacious and textured handmade pop. With the addition of a kindred and veteran co-producer, the duo of Hall and Deck weave rock and indie-folk with ambient and electronica, bolstering Hall’s most intelligent and focused songwriting yet. The video for lead track “Beginning To Fade,” was lovingly crafted and directed by Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle. You can check it out here. +

No Fool Like An Old Fool is the sophomore LP from Austin via Alabama musician, Caroline Sallee, aka Caroline Says. Moving beyond the surf-folk foundations of her debut, on No Fool… Sallee loosens her earthly tether, allowing her songs to float to ever higher altitudes on clouds of loops, immaculate melodies, and hypnotic harmonies, as she sings about aging, the daily grind, and hometown stymie. The video for the first single “Sweet Home Alabama” (which Sallee directed and animated) premiered via NPR Music here. +

Austin producer Spencer Stephenson and Philadelphia emcee Raj Haldar are announcing their joint project The Skull Eclipses. They’re releasing their eponymous debut album on March 9th, and to coincide with the announcement the duo is sharing the lead single from the project. “Pillars” features Baba Maraire of Shabazz Palaces and Felicia Douglass of Ava Luna, and is a charged 5 minute cut that puts both artists' strengths on full display, a demonstration of how their abilities compliment one another's.
Hear “Pillars” below, and click below to read more about the duo.. +

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