Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms album review on Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #15 – Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms (jazz, out February 28th 2020)

Almost two years after the enchanting Case-fitter album, Chicago-based guitarist and composer Jeff Swanson comes back with Fathoms (BACE Records). In case you missed the aforementioned album, we’d advise you to listen to his versions of Graham’s before pursuing, it’s worth the half hour.

The notion of conversation is essential in Jeff Swanson’s compositional style, and Fathoms do not escape the rule, for the listener’s greatest pleasure. Gaussian, the first single (listen below) is a perfect illustration of that fact.

Be prepared: this album is heavier than what Jeff Swanson accustomed his audience to. Heavier, but also more colorful and nuanced. Let’s talk about it!

Continue reading
The Emma Press - book covers - Slow Culture

THIS WEEK IN ARTS VOL.3: The Emma Press (books + interview)

Awarded with a grant from Arts Council England only one year after being founded by Emma Wright, The Emma Press has been publishing books for eight years.

Eight years of meticulous combination of quantity and quality, eight years of uncompromising expression, eight years of unwavering determination.

We couldn’t be happier to immerse ourselves into the colorful world of The Emma Press, and couldn’t be more admirative of all the work accomplished so far. 

Continue reading
Nick Dorian & Shibo - My Friend Dorian album review

ALBUM REVIEW #14 – Nick Dorian & Shibo, My Friend Dorian

Nick Dorian & Shibo join Jennah Barry on the list of the most moving albums we’ve listened to this last month. You get it: we loved it.

Based in Los Angeles, Nick Dorian delivers here an album that couldn’t be more coherent with the current zeitgeist. My Friend Dorian is the perfect starter kit for that friend who lost touch with music in general but wants to get back at it without browsing hours of videos on YouTube. Yup, we’ve all been in need of a reliable update.

Following that idea, My Friend Dorian proposes an inspired digest of the era, without any copycatting of any kind. This collaboration has the rare value of combining déjà-vu and genuine freshness.

Continue reading
Michel Legrand Tuesday Museday Marc Louis-Boyard

TUESDAY MUSEDAY – Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand (1932 – 2019) is one of the most respected composers in the history of modern music, alongside Igor Stravinsky, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones.

After having benefited from the tutelage of the famously severe Nadia Boulanger, Michel Legrand composed thousands of pieces and songs for various industries.

His legacy is still influencing the whole world, from the cinema studios of California to Paris to New York’s most whisky-fueled jazz clubs. 

Continue reading
Jennah Barry Holiday Album Review Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #13 – Jennah Barry, Holiday (March 2020)

From the presse release: “On the south shore of Nova Scotia, in a house she helped build, Jennah Barry wrote, arranged, and recorded the songs that comprise Holiday (via Forward Music Group). Holiday follows her first album, Young Men (listen here). Jennah collaborated with Colin Nealis, her “greatest musical partner”—and partner in life.”

This album is beaming with beautiful intimacy, sweetness and joy. Just as we said on Facebook: Jennah Barry’s Holiday is the warm Winter blanket you want to snuggle up with. Or the Spring sunrays you want to bathe in. The release date is March, but this review includes three songs (Roller Disco, The Real Moon and Pink Grey Blue) to keep your merry spirit on waiting.

Continue reading
Jason McMahon Odd West interview for Slow Culture

ITW #12 – Jason McMahon (Odd West out on Jan 31 2020)

Public transportation strikes can be painful. Not for us! Almost two months ago, we were stuck home on a cold Fall day. We then received an incoming message announcing Odd West, Jason McMahon’s first solo album after his abundant opportunities as a respected touring musician. Folk/americana? That aroused curiosity.

Our modest but hyperactive sound system didn’t fail to instantly reveal the richness of the twelve tracks of Odd West. Unsurprisingly enough, and beyond his musical abilities, JasonMcMahon has a sense of generosity and openness in his words that touched us and that you can find in this interview.

Before reading, press play to enjoy “Book of Knots” and “Ambisinistrous”.

 

Continue reading