Heron Oblivion – S/T: For listeners whose love of exploratory, thunderous psychedelic rock is matched only by their jones for classic Britfolk – Heron Oblivion’s self-titled debut is a dream come true. Sure – Sandy Denny sat in with Zeppelin on “Battle of Evermore” – but did Anne Briggs ever jump onstage with Sabbath? Did Linda Thompson cut a record with Crazy Horse? These are just some of the thoughts that come to mind while getting inside this one…on blast.
David Bowie – Blackstar: Bowie was always ahead of his time and with Blackstar he got ahead of his death. His final album dropped two days before his passing. Instead of inhabiting a certain character or sound Bowie approached Blackstar with an end-of-the-Zodiac style explosion of genre – having recorded with a cabal of NYC’s shapeshifting experimental jazz musicians. Expansive and fluid Blackstar sounds like the all-neurons-firing headrush of the visionary artist’s somber finale.
75 Dollar Bill – WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC/PATTERN/RHYTHM/ROCK: An exquisitely crafted sentence for an album title that also serves as the mantra for this cosmic deep blues odyssey. 75 Dollar Bill is powered by an elemental simplicity – the electric guitar and homemade percussion/horn duo of Che Chen and Rick Brown. The four compositions on WMPPRR are ecstatic and ritualistic – out of time – arcing through musical lineages from Mississippi country blues to the Saharan desert blues to Molam – emerging focused and transcendental. Four mindbending tracks – each one a delight.