Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction album review by Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #17 – Aoife Nessa Frances, Land of No Junction

After a deserved highlight on Bandcamp, Irish musician Aoife Nessa Frances released the highly anticipated Land of No Junction (Ba Da Bing Records) on January 17th 2019. Cian Nugent co-produced the album, and the work released is beyond our expectations for a first!

If you liked the sense of intimacy given by Jennah Barry’s Holiday or the musicality of Jason McMahon’s Odd West (out this Friday), you’re in the right place! Thus, don’t change that channel.

Land of No Junction is a beautiful and rich tragedy. In the noble and literary sense. Here are our thoughts on this release that added a lot of magic in the beginning of this year.

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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.

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TUESDAY MUSEDAY – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Almost thirty years after his death in a helicopter accident, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legacy seems untouched. SRV’s music keeps on inspiring and motivating young and advanced guitar players on their journey to soulful music playing and mastery. But that’s not all.

As John Mayer rightfully expressed while introducing the Dallas-born music prodigy at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Stevie’s music is “a rage without the anger, it’s devotional”. How could a blues player have such an impact in roughly eight years of fame?

Here are our answers !

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Dani Laundry - Every Conscious Hour album review on Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #12 – Dani Laundry, Every Conscious Hour (out on Dec 13)

For the past six years, Dani Laundry has released around a hundred tracks. The prolific artist from NYC was not on our radar until Full Body member Cassidy Rose Hammond posted about Every Conscious Hour, out on December 13, so thanks to her!

We firmly believe that something magical can always happen. Theory proven with Every Conscious Hour.

We pressed play (otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to listen to the music, y’know) and discovered nine stellar tracks. Time to share.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… John Coltrane (jazz)

Fact: the jazz world is essentially difficult to read. John Coltrane has been one of the first jazzmen to introduce us to this major movement of music. Did you know that jazz is the oldest form of music that is still active and evolving? You should. Worry not: you will soon learn much more with this guide.

Let’s have a few minutes with The Wise One’s short but impressive career and discover your next rudiments.

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ALBUM REVIEW #11 – Full Body, Always There (Five Kill Records)

BIO: Full Body own their name. The Rochester, NY quartet play a robust breed of gangly rock music that lurches in the intersection between impatient slowcore, gnarled shoegaze, and noisy post-hardcore. The band introduced their dynamically sensitive appeal on their ambitious 2017 debut, What’s Good?, a record that threaded needly guitar licks through a thick fabric of bashing drums and distinctly scratchy vocals.

Once Always There hit our inbox, we did our homework. We have to admit that we weren’t too impressed with Full Body’s first tracks from What’s Good and Smart Martian. How times have changed! 

Don’t be scared by the rushed “noise rock” categorization, Full Body delivers here a palatable and digestive experience. Entrée, plat, dessert.

With Always There, Full Body succeeded in crafting tasty and relevant compositions for both newbies on the scene and seasoned musicians (and even technicians). The Rochester quartet only left us with one luxurious anxiety: the fear of musical abandonment in the future.

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