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TriBeCaStan : 5 Star Cave
EverGreene Music/Engine Company
TriBeCaStan says a lot with its name. With a Middle Eastern bent, the core duo of Jeff Greene and John Kruth meld old world instruments, broad musical knowledge, and a propensity for funk into. 5 Star Cave, the group’s sophomore release, is a thrilling, multi-national freak-out that dissects its learned influences and sews them back up into TriBeCaStan’s reverent, yet open-minded experiment in exotic musical cultures.
John Ellis & Double Wide : Puppet Mischief
Saxophonist John Ellis is a funky soul in a three-piece suit. Puppet Mischief, his sophomore album with New Orleans’ Double Wide, grooves but doesn’t sweat, leaning more on jazz chops than funk breaks, but with stellar results. Puppet Mischief proves that no matter how you dress up the funk, it is still funky.
Aloha : Home Acres
Aloha’s sound is both sweet and foreboding; it’s what separates the band’s sound from pure indie pop, and what gives Home Acres a place in the best-of-2010 releases. It’s been over 10 years since Tony Cavalliero and T.J. Lipple formed Aloha in Bowling Green, Ohio, and the quartet only gets better with stunners like the album opening “Build a Fire” and the sleek “Moonless Moth.”
Seven Fields of Aphelion : Periphery
Black Moth Super Rainbow is becoming much like Broken Social Scene; a collective that frequently breaks apart, its members somersaulting into their own experimental projects. Seven Fields of Aphelion is one such project, replacing the shoegaze of BMSR with keyboard driven flow that is gorgeously embracing, beaming an undercurrent of white noise that only enhances the haunting ambiance and delicate beauty of the debut, Periphery.
Jamie McLean : Completely
Jamie McLean’s star rose as the guitarist in New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, but the songwriter’s heart was in his own music. For his third album, Completely, McLean continues to wrangle out rock-and-soul with his ample backing band. With each release, McLean takes baby steps forward; he gained footing with his marginal debut This Time Around, climbed a little higher with American Heartache, and with Completely, has now delivered his best, most vivid album yet.