Lesley Barth - Interview for Slow Culture by Marc Louis-Boyard - picture by Harish Pathak

Lesley Barth (Big Time Baby, out now) – ITW #22

Big Time Baby is Lesley Barth’s second album. Until a few months ago, we didn’t know much about Americana outside of a few segments of Brian Wilson‘s Smile. And then Jason McMahon came up in our universe, only to raise the bar really high.

Our enthusiasm for the genre is not likely to burn out with releases like Big Time Baby. This album comes like a warm summer wind made of honesty and modernity. Those searching for reheated emulated nostalgia will have to pass: Lesley Barth is here to dust off clichés and extinguish false pretenses.

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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, are nothing but halved in the end. 

The artist’s promise is the following:

A genre-bending, continent-crossing, soft explosion of intimate indie, soul, and dirty pop. 

Let’s see how Chicago’s vibrant scene managed to conquer our soul again, before next time, as it is usually a matter of days.

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Mark E Smith of The Fall by Montecruz Foto

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… The Fall (music band)

A guide to the music of The Fall is much needed once the novice is confronted to the dizzying immensity of Mark E. Smith’s prolificacy.

Smith’s quote “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s the Fall” is quite close to reality, and if the result can be sometimes confusing, Mark’s art is never deprived of interest. That’s why we asked the members of the Facebook group Mark E Smith & The Fall: It’s not Repetition, it’s Discipline to write a few lines about their favorite songs, in their own words.

Alexander, Erik, Steve, Andy, thank you very much for your time and generosity of soul. Main picture courtesy of Montecruz Foto.

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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, should be an inspiration for most.

To celebrate the release of Acquiesce, TALsounds will have a live-streamed record release show on May 22nd broadcasted on Twitch via Lumpen Radio.

Here’s our interview. An interview beyond the knobs, but hopefully never too far from them.

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Shadow Talk LP by Cafe Racer, album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cafe Racer, Shadow Talk LP – ALBUM REVIEW #23

Shadow Talk LP is Cafe Racer’s second album, succeeding to the contemplative Famous Dust. These two albums are worlds apart, but not in a trial and error fashion.

Avid readers and followers of this blog already enjoyed a past Friday Feature introducing ‘Faces’, the second single out of Shadow Talk LP. This track was, after all, nothing but a majestuous tree concealing a dense, immense forest of sounds.

Born Yesterday Records’ name is now to us what the “seen on TV’ sticker was to older generations. A label of trust, a promise of full satisfaction. Challenge completed.

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Interview of Dan Knishkowy by Marc Louis-Boyard - Picture by Chris Bernabeo

Adeline Hotel (for Solid Love LP) – ITW #20

Adeline Hotel is a project led by Dan Knishkowy, with five musicians at its core. On Solid Love (out May 8 2020), four additional musicians enrich the experience.

Consider Solid Love like you’d consider a great companion. A solid presence, not craving for attention, not causing embarrassing drama.

Dan Knishkowy accepted to answer our questions about the intimate, warm jewel that is this new album.

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