Album review of BBsitters Club's BBsitters Club & Party by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

BBsitters Club, BBsitters Club & Party – ALBUM REVIEW #29

Chicagoans BBsitters Club released BBsitters Club & Party in October 2020, and limited by time, we’re only bringing the good news in the middle of December. Because the album delivers borderless energy and borderline maturity, this release caught our attention and took care of our many moods at first listen. Three months after, the feeling […]

Book review of Susan Uehara's Cooking for Her Eyes by Marc Louis-Boyard

Susan Uehara Rakstang, Cooking for Her Eyes – BOOK REVIEW #13

Susan Uehara Rakstang’s Cooking for Her Eyes was released in October 2020, seven years after Julian Barnes’ critically-acclaimed Levels of Life, a title of a similar nature. In Cooking for Her Eyes, Susan Uehara Rakstang contemplates the different emotional levels of her own past. The book succeeds where most authors and thinkers fail: context matters, […]

Portrait of Daniel Hanson aka Fast Preacher

Fast Preacher (for Figure It Out, out now) – ITW #27

Glamorous enlightened people of all kinds, rejoice! Daniel Hanson and his Fast Preacher project just released Figure It Out, or in other words, what you dreamed of hearing after typing “alternative” on your favorite search engine. Remember TALsounds, Stuck and NIIKA? As demonstrated on Slow Culture more than once, Chicago is currently overflowing with inspirational […]

Beauty Pill, Please Advise - Album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Beauty Pill, Please Advise – ALBUM REVIEW #25

Chicago has been under the spotlight on this blog for a series of recent reviews, but now is the time to bring Washington D.C. on the forefront with Beauty Pill’s not-so-enigmatic album Please Advise, out now on Northern Spy Records.   Marketing being what it is, personal choices are often induced by the attractiveness of an […]

Album review of NIIKA's Close But Not Too Close by Marc Louis-Boyard

NIIKA, Close But Not Too Close – ALBUM REVIEW #24

Albums like NIIKA’s Close But Not Too Close are the reviewer’s most disconcerting challenges. Listening to this album is like opening a treasure made of so many valuables that the whole sensorial experience is paradoxically unspeakable. That being said, let us not use this unspeakable reality as an excuse. Pleasures of this kind, when kept, […]

Portrait of Natalie Chami aka TALsounds by Maria Tzeka

TALsounds (for Acquiesce, out May 22nd) – ITW #21

Natalie Chami aka TALsounds releases Acquiesce on May 22nd with NNA Tapes. Intuitive by passion and organized by choice, her improvisatorial talents must be one of the best in the musical landscape today, jazz included. This interview was given before the globalized crisis we’re in happened, and Natalie’s happy-go-lucky spirit, paired with her effervescent creativity, […]