Sono Oto-A Way To Stay Away (Video)

Mark Henry Phillips’ first album under the recording name Sono Oto will be released in March, with the first track debuting today. Known for his work as a sound designer and composer for movies (Cutie & The Boxer) and podcasts (Serial), he brings a lot of the sweeping musicality of scores into his pop songs.  “A Way To Stay Away” spends much of its duration … Continue reading Sono Oto-A Way To Stay Away (Video)

Ono at Double Door 1/6/2017

A few years ago Ono returned to the stage after a three decade absence, and luckily they are here when we need them most. Friday night at Double Door they tore through ambient slam poetry dealing with racism, gender identity, and misogyny. At 70, Travis still commands attention from the audience as one of the most fascinating on-stage characters I’ve witnessed. Check out this video … Continue reading Ono at Double Door 1/6/2017

Lionel O -MLO

I was instantly smitten with Lionel O’s music when I saw them play at Subterranean a couple years ago. I had no idea who they were or where they were from, but something in the songs spoke to me. I later found that the band is a project from Matt Orenstein, a Chicago citizen who came from Minnesota via Oberlin College. Ever since I’ve been … Continue reading Lionel O -MLO

Willis Earl Beal-Experiments In Time

Willis Earl Beal has the most mesmerizing voice in music today, and no one else comes close. Not since Julee Cruise‘s spooky/sexy vocals were heard on Twin Peaks has a sound so instantly caught my attention and held it. He puts that power to great use on his newest LP, the just-self-released Experiments In Time that came out last week. With sparse accompaniment Beal creates a whole world, layering his voice on top of itself and keeping a quiet rumble of synths beneath to fill in the outer reaches of the soundscape.

If you’re familiar with Beal’s work, imagine the vibe of “Wavering Lines” slowly caressing your ears for 12 tracks, and you’d have a pretty good idea of what Experiments In Time has in store for you. It can be dark at times, swimming through the primal recesses of Beal’s mind. But, like the man himself, it is never without hope, looking toward a brighter future.
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