Lydia Brownfield – Dig

Lydia Brownfield – Dig

We’ve entered a folk-pop renaissance, and some of today’s biggest stars are leaning into it. Kacey Musgraves’ electronic space-country started to captivate people around 2018. Country music supergroup The Highwomen, which consists of Brandi Carlile,...
Smug Brothers – Application of the Twig

Smug Brothers – Application of the Twig

The Smug Brothers’ second LP, Application of the Twig, under its current lineup is a continuously circulating motion of themes. The lo-fi jangle-pop band purveys this so well that even the final track, “That’s News I Could Have Used Yesterday,” seems to persist to...
Elisa Nicolas – Year of the Locust

Elisa Nicolas – Year of the Locust

I first met singer-songwriter, producer, and sound engineer Elisa Nicolas toward the end of 2020. During our discussion, she focused on two current projects she was the most excited to be working on: Brave Hearts for Broadway—a pandemic-era idea that brought together...
Abel transforms emotions on Happy Belated

Abel transforms emotions on Happy Belated

Genre-splaining as a way to streamline listeners to a product they might like has become an ineffective way of pitching music. Trying to introduce someone to a musician they haven’t come across before has become a song and dance of, “Well, it sounds like this mixed in...