a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* The Bird and the Bee – Ray Guns are Not Just the Future (rock)
Beguiling vocals by Inara George are enclosed in playfully retro beats and bleeps. Lush, late-night lounge music for the crewmember’s lounge on the starship
Listen to The Bird and the Bee “My Love”
* Mariza – Terra (world)
Nostalgic, emotionally intense songs from a powerhouse vocalist. This is Fado, a little-known Portuguese tradition which is enjoying a mini-revival thanks in no small part to Mariza. Jazz and flamenco influences also make appearances throughout the album.
Listen to Mariza “Minh Alma”
Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream (rock)
Springsteen’s rootsy rock has changed little in 30 years, but in a changing
Listen to Bruce Springsteen “Queen of the Supermarket”
and the theme from the motion picture “The Wrestler”
Master Musicians of Jajouka – Live vol.1 (world)
Jajouka is a small town in
Listen to Master Musicians of Jajouka “If the Moon Loves You”
Bill Evans & Megan Lynch – Let’s Do Something (folk)
A contemporary take on the fiddle & banjo, Evans & Lynch pair inventive tunes and reflective lyrics with serious stringwork.
Listen to Bill Evans & Megan Lynch “Rocks and Water”
Grave Digger – Ballads of a Hangman (metal)
Fast and heavy. Although the macabre themes would suggest death metal, the clearly sung vocals and power-chord guitar work places this music in the realm of the speed metal of the late ’80s.
Listen to Grave Digger “Sorrow of the Dead”
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation