a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* Asobi Seksu – Rewolf (rock)
Like strolling across a meadow made of clouds, this is dream pop with a heavy emphasis on the dream. Xylophone, flute, toy piano, soprano vocals with heavy reverb, and anything else that weights the sound toward treble. A beautiful, fragile sound.
Listen to Asobi Seksu “Walk on the Moon”
Wale – Attention Deficit (rap)
Deftly syncopated flow over backgrounds painted with an extensive palate: afrobeat , retro R&B, and space-age synths. Amidst the party jams and boasting are a few tracks that speak fearless truths.
Listen to Wale “Shades”
Even without founder Yo-Yo Ma, this is a formidable ensemble. With pan-Asian instrumentation including koto, er-hu, sheng, and tabla alongside orchestral strings,
Julia Wolfe – Dark Full Ride: Music in Multiples (classical)
Contemporary classical music that still passes the coolness test. Layering of single instruments and repetition characterize the sound. The opening is a jaw-dropper – I guarantee you’ve never heard bagpipes quite like this.
Listen to Julia Wolfe “LAD Part 1”
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation
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