Sarah Bethe Nelson's second record outdoes the first with a darker energy that drags you on to the dance floor only to switch off the lights. I wanted to reflect the music as soon as i heard it and Justin Frahm's cover photo perfectly cued me to capturing the feel. Buy the record cause its undeniably great, read the lyrics while playing it cause they're nicely laid out...
Steve Wyreman and Nate Mercereau don't mess around when it comes to releasing incredible new music. Their LA/SF project, Quasi Bonsai, just dropped its ethereal album "Opiate Ambient" today - the third in as many months. So often music gets sanitized as you refine, mix, re-arrange, mix again, wait for the label and on and on... What makes Quasi so great is that, unencumbered by labels or release dates, they capture the spark and distill it immediately. The cover designs follow suite - i listen to the music (always a pleasure), have a quick chat with Steve and then the cover art reveals itself. More fun than most.
Most importantly - listen here.