yaya club returns

Simplicity is a lovely sound.

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The Joys of Sleeping

You know, you’re kinda pretty when you smile.

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A not-too-late look at Daniel Rossen’s wild and free Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP

Daniel Rossen builds a world of craggy cliffs and lapping seas, calling sirens and fireside revelations. He sings a whole world into being in five tracks; a starlit world full of shrines, deserts to traipse and promises to fulfill. Listening to this record feels a bit like reading a novel that begins right in the middle or a fantastic, sparse short story.

The symphonic strains of “Return To Form” or the hearthside confessional of “Up On High” delight both the ears and the imagination in a cacophony of tales told in sound. There are elements of cowboy, the west and the old open range in “Up On High” that aren’t country by any means, it just sounds wild and free, not quite untamable. The dreamscapes are astonishing.

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Eli et Papillon release debut full length

If you’ve been following Knox Road for a few years, the name Eli et Papillon may sound familiar because of one of the most bizarre episodes I’ve ever written about. I’m still totally confused about what exactly happened, as are Eli et Papillon. But you know what? It doesn’t matter to either of […]

[Hype Hype Hooray] When I Finally Sat Down and Listened to Thriller

Every [two weeks?] Jamie Hale takes a long, hard look at the music industry and the blog scene that feeds it. Here, he releases those findings and makes snarky, sarcastic remarks. Admittedly, both Jamie and Knox Road are a part of this scene. So sue us.

I’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Sure, I’ve […]

Fire and the Wheel

I carefully stuck to the pattern, piece by meticulous piece, and this was my life. I built it up until it no longer had legs to stand on. The pattern became random; I couldn’t keep track. And I was finally happy. This is my life.

Fire and the Wheel – “Wheelbarrow de la […]

[MP3] Tigermilk: “Talátur”

Tigermilk, aka Paulina Tala, comes to us as a recommendation from blogging buddy Mike Mineo of Obscure Sound. I’ve always enjoyed Mike’s thoughtful artist profiles, so there was little chance Tigermilk would fall off the map.

Talátur, off Tigermilk’s upcoming Turi EP, is at once both soothing and sophisticated. The global influence is impressed […]

Gabe Goodman returns with Midnight Sour EP

My fellow Newtonite (Newton, MA), Gabe Goodman, has resurfaced after last summer’s Friendly Fires EP with the Midnight Sour EP. He turned an elderly 19 since I last wrote about him, so clearly there have been musical changes that come with the old age.

He’s still an experimental electronic force, but […]

[Abby’s Road] The Happiest Melancholia

We, as music lovers and collectors, are blessed and cursed I think. Here’s the scoop: we have at our fingertips a seemingly endless supply of emotional stimulants and downers. If elated one can crank up a particularly smasheverythinganddance record to conjure up even more jubilation; if supremely sad, the leveling quiet of, say, post rock or classical scores can calm frayed nerves. For most of us, music is never ever just background noise. For me, for sure.

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Port St. Willow releases debut full-length, Holiday

As you may or may not know, we recently threw a concert at Pianos in partnership with exfm. I had been promoting like a jerk all over the Twittersphere and Facebooks, so you probably did know. Fine. What you may not have known, however, was much about Port St. Willow, the project of […]