“Rome, Through A Fog”

On Still No Mother, the Colorado-based songwriter processes and explores climate change anxiety using the framework of the American folk song. The album grew from an initial concept of imagining the songs farmhands will sing when their acreage has dried up or burned, and rising sea levels begin engulfing the coasts—not unlike those sung by Woody Guthrie during the devastation of the Dust Bowl. While much art on this subject focuses on external imagery like glacial melt or wildfires, Farmer instead points his writing inward to examine the human mind’s relationship to this impending reality, and the psychological burdens therein. As Farmer explains, “The music is intentionally gentle and delicate with shards of piercing dissonance scattered throughout,” explains Farmer. “The intention was to capture the quiet moments of contemplation before the storm comes, as we peek through the cracks in the wall to catch a glimpse of the approaching danger, now a growing dot on the horizon.” +

“Play On”

As Photo Ops, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Terry Price creates dream pop with a tinge of folk.  His new album Pure at Heart was inspired in part by Price’s time listening to and studying Bob Dylan‘s Sirius XM show, Theme Time Radio Hour while driving through the Southwest.  As he explains “I was learning that what made a lot of older music magical, was the performers having to work with limitations.  So you had to rely on human performance and the energy you could conjure in real time, in the moment, to communicate your idea.”  Working within the limitations of recording in the living room of his 575 square foot apartment, Price has assembled a collection of his most engaging and heartfelt songs to date. +

Inspired by Erik Hall’s recent update of the Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, we’ve invited other artists in our extended label family to cover the classical compositions that inform their respective musical journeys, culminating in a series entitled Composure: Classical Reworks for Modern Relief. Aimed at providing mental and spiritual respite in our uncertain era, the series is appropriately commenced by Joseph Shabason’s take on Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie No. 1.” +

On his sophomore album Half Price at 3:30, Art Feynman (aka accomplished recording artist and producer Luke Temple) stitches art pop, Nigerian highlife, worldbeat, and lesser-known genres into a musical quilt that displays his unmistakable guile and eccentric songcraft, while affectionately evoking guerrilla recording predecessors like Francis Bebey, Arthur Russell, and Haruomi Hosono in musicological detail. The Fader premiered the video for “I’m Gonna Miss Your World,” which you can check out here. +

Echoing the ardor of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and channeling Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis, on Life of the Body, RG Lowe invites us to reconnect with ourselves and our world through the senses by illuminating our intrinsic connection with the physical world. Check out lead single “Sorrow” via FLOOD here, and pre-order or stream the song here. +

For his version of Music for Eighteen Musicians (Steve Reich), Erik Hall played every part himself, recording one section a day in live, single takes, painstakingly cobbling together a loving interpretation of Reich’s masterpiece of minimalism. His methodology, as with Reich’s piece itself, is workmanlike, and it’s from this humble and steadfast undertaking that something honest and radiant emerges. +

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