Interview of drummer Dan Drohan by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Emile Bertherat

Dan Drohan (for You’re a Crusher / drocan! out on June 26) – ITW #26

On June 26, drummer Dan Drohan releases You’re a Crusher / drocan!, his not-so-solo project in the form of a double album.

This forthcoming album is the kind of creative work made to be enjoyed from A to Z without interruption. Not because the tracks are inaccessible, but because tasting them one by one would remove the true value of experiencing Dan’s music.

The music itself and the way it unfolds is unexpected, protean, highly energetic and yet delicate, definitely measured. Yes, pun intended.

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Leni Stern (‘4’ album, out June 19th) – ITW #25

Legendary guitarist Leni Stern releases her forthcoming album ‘4’  on June 19th. ‘4’ is an album recorded with three other musicians and featuring an appearance of her husband Mike Stern.

As our readers know, we love jazz! Beyond our love for this genre, this album and this interview demonstrate once again Leni Stern’s intercultural intelligence and musical thoughtfulness.

Find our two favorite songs off ‘4’ in this article, plus a video of Leni and Mike playing together.

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Intrerview of Sam Reese by Marc Louis-Boyard, picture by Alexandra Kingston-Reese

Sam Reese (author of Come The Tide) – ITW #24

Sam Reese and his book Come The Tide (Platypus Press) made an excellent impression on our sensibility a few weeks ago, and we couldn’t leave things at a stalemate.

In this interview, guests Ornette Coleman and Silvia Plath enrich Sam’s thoughtful reflections and unusual takes on the pleasure of writing and on the writer’s many duties.

All pictures courtesy of Alexandra Kingston Reese.

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Mr. Husband (Songs of Friendship, Songs of Wonderment, out now) – ITW #23

Mr. Husband is the creative project of Kenny Tompkins, a Maryland-based doer who seems to have only his nurtured curiosity as limit. The album Songs of Friendship, Songs of Wonderment is out now on Yellow K Records.

If you happen to be a Slow Culture follower (and we already called the cops if you’re not), you might have listened to the band already. Still, for us that wasn’t enough considering the rich personality and the determination of Kenny.

This is our interview.

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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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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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