365 Day Music Project Week 13
The Phosphorescent Blues by The Punch Brothers
This group is one of those masterful collective of artists you can’t imagine making music like this. Usually when you hear of a McCarthy grant winning musician, you think some sort of convoluted music that conveys expression only perceivable to the well trained ear. With this group, you have some of the best musicians in the world choosing to arrange music into a folk/bluegrass style. If you’re looking for virtuoso musicians, great songwriting, and a creative approach to acoustic music, you need this group in your playlist!
S/T by This Will Destroy You
Ambient post-rock goodness wrapped into just a few tracks. This is both an almost meditative album as much as it is an exploration of expanded song arrangements. It’s not for the 4 minute song fan for sure, as most tracks are over 8 minutes and definitely explore a more drawn out progression arch. If you dig post-rock, check them out, if you want to relax but still feel the energy behind the genre, check this band out!
Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
A collection of songs that remind me of a lot of West Michigan groups, this album has blues and rock flare that just sounds solid. The group obviously has established themselves as music legends, and it’s nice to see parts of their catalog that have tracks less familiar to the public. Who knows, maybe it's actually one of their best works, I don't know off the top of my head! This project is all about discovery, and I know I'll end up in a classic rock rabbit hole soon enough. If you dig the band, I would encourage you to explore this portion of their catalog! This was a relaxed album to enjoy while doing some cleaning!
It’s a Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
This band recently played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, highlighting the first track on the album for their Hanukkah special, a song titled “8 Days of Hanukkah.” It’s cool to have a Motown/Soul vibe to Christmas, and with these fresh tunes mixed with new arrangements of classics, we have a Christmas album that can liven up a holiday gathering as much as it can brighten someone’s mood!
…Comes to an End by Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors
The ever-creative personality of the internet metal community shows his chops, songwriting skills, vocal styles, and production techniques on this collection of interesting and inventive metal music. While the variety is in Drewsif Stalin’s personality, it also has several nods to current metal acts on the scene, including Meshuggah, Vildjharta, and TesseracT. Check this out if you want some great new metal music from a hard working musician!
Grown Folks/A Very Butcher Holiday by Butcher Brown
I decided to tag together the two most recent release from Butcher Brown because they both are oozing soul, funk, hip hop, and jazz in a sound all their own. The group has recorded with Nicholas Payton and Christian Scott, won Grammys with Kendrick Lamar, and they current function as their own unit while also playing with Christian Scott’s group. Get some soul in your veins this week and groove to some great music!