Monday, March 21, 2011

Living Torch - Black Bile

The latest free Living Torch release. As expected, it's amazing. This guy right here is one of the best active musicians in the ambient/folk game. It's ridiculous how little attention this shit gets, because Living Torch consistently releases shit that is easily better than its drone peers.


You can get the other Living Torch releases as well via the page.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

Probably the best album I've come across in the past few months, Inspiration Information is a damn-near flawless psychedelic soul album. However, it's much more than simply psychedelic soul. Otis melds together funk, r&b, soul, jazz, and psychedelic pop together effortlessly, and the results are fantastic. The instrumentation is immaculate as Otis shows off his multi-instrumental talents, and his songwriting is definitely up there with soul greats like Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield. Songs like "Strawberry Letter 23," "Aht Uh Mi Hed," and the title track display his prowess in crafting intelligent, catchy pop tunes with lush instrumentation while the album is peppered with relaxed instrumental compositions like "Rainy Day" and "Pling!" So kick back and chill to sum Shug.