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Desmo opens up in new album "F*cked Up Kid"

Maine’s Desmo seems to have compiled years of reflection, anger, and hope into his latest effort, F*cked Up Kid: the record is filled with life stories, told to the beat of his tracks, exquisitely-produced to contrast against his somewhat crude vocals. The title track, like most in the EP, opens up with atmospheric instrumentation that plunges into an abyss of memories where a sustained bass rumbles on. Echoes, warm piano notes, heavy reverb, and more burst out of each track. From upbeat-yet-ominous songs like “Phantom” to a refreshing take on Puddle of Mudd’s “Blurry,” the record is a delicious alternative rap cocktail, prepped in Portland for all to savor. If the new record is something of a life story for Duncan Cook, the man known as Desmo, then it is well-executed poetry because from one track to the next, there is a feeling of genuineness, both tragic and uplifting. The vulnerable track “Come Home” from the new record is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

Will Orchard starts the year right with new record "Old Friends On The Mountain"

One can imagine Rhode Island’s Will Orchard thoroughly immersed in the writing and recording of his folktronica 2020 record Old Friends On The Mountain: the richly-layered instrumentation, the most-sincere emotion in the vocals, and the tranquility of it all are tell-tale signs of a sweet escape for the artist. As a listener, one is both witness and partaker of an experience carefully orchestrated for attentive ears. For both the sonic epicurean and casual listener, there is plenty to dab in, such as the serene acoustic strings of the opener “Until It’s Found,” which join an irresistible rhythm where Orchard’s voice reverberates. Tracks like “My Belly Is Full Of Hydrangea” are much more upbeat, and topped off with buttery smooth trumpet solos. There is an emotional tinge to the record, not a forceful one or so evident, just right for the man-nature connection it establishes. Listen to the heavy-exceptional bass in “Turning Back Again” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar

Megiapa “Lessons"

Producer and vocalist Megiapa recently had a new song, “Lessons”, appear on a compilation from the local label KinkyElevatorMusic.

2019 saw Megiapa release her debut full-length album, ’92, and really come into her own as artist and creator.

 

Mousa ushers in nostalgia in new record "Mousatron X"

If you are in the nostalgic mood most of us are in after the decade came to a less-than-spectacular end, then we recommend a surefire stimulant: Maine’s Mousa has just released Mousatron X, a solid record worth the six-year wait. The album is a short treat that hits all the right spots as it fluctuates from galactic-noise themes like those in the opener “Silent In” to bedroom pop/psych-infused synth swells that complement a sonorous croon. The record captures the intimacy and infinity of its concept: the music found in tracks like “Cower” drains into the listener’s mind to create nostalgic images so infinite. Stream the delicate balance of grand sounds and homely vocals that is the album’s closing track “In Between Dreams” below. Happy New Year, New England! - Rene Cobar

Sarah Golley spills her heart in new record "As We Crawl"

An authentic poet is Norwalk, Connecticut’s Sarah Golley: the artist’s complete devotion to maximum exposure is the trademark of her latest record As We Crawl. From the spoken poetry of the opening track, “From the Sea,” to the grandiose string-instrument-driven composition that backs up her soulful vocals in “At a Snail’s Pace” the album opens majestically. The honeyed symphonies continue in tracks like “Over Time” and “Into the Flames” where the melodious grand piano keys fire away as Golley dramatically spills her heart; the music takes on a rich theatrical form that is as exquisite as it is immersive. Sarah Golley channels ferocious energy in the vein of artists like Amanda Palmer, yet her music has a softer touch to it that is rooted in the theatricality of it all. Tracks like “On the Treadmill of Thought” hypnotize with vibrant harmonies and thunderous kick drum patterns. From the onset, As We Crawl requests one surrender their thoughts and emotions entirely to each piece, weaving both for an experience unique, and satisfying. Listen to the gravity with which “Through a Black Hole,” from the new album, blossoms below. - Rene Cobar, photo by Jesse Newman

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