Review: Barely a child of the '80s you would never know it having heard the music of Jacco Gardner, a Dutch multi instrumentalist colliding psychedelic pop, rock, synth, jazz and ambient in a way that firmly sounds like it was recorded in the presence of Klaus Schulz (see "Pale Blue Dot" & "Utopos") somewhere in '70s Berlin. There's strokes of sultry French stylings too in "Eclipse" around the album's halfway point - a sound reminiscent of Air - to the "Planet Caravan" Black Sabbath modus of cosmic chill out tracks like "Rain". There's even dashes of legendary, one-off band Ibliss in "Privolva". Seriously cool music from a seriously cool dude.
Review: Jay Som is the pseudonym of Bay Area native Melina Duterte, a multi-instrumentalist who creates wistful and breezy indie-pop. At only 22 years old, it's astonishing that there's such a strong certainty and confidence in the sound Duterte's already developed. 'Everybody Works' is her second record, following 2016's collection of demos 'Turn Into'. What's so remarkable on this album is how comfortable Duterte is in crafting delicate dream-scapes on tracks like 'Lipstick Stains' and 'Remain', before flipping it upside down with the crunchy west coast garage-rock of '1 Billion Dogs' and 'Take It'. This record is a strong statement, and considering her youth, it's highly likely that whatever Melina Duterte puts her hand to next is bound to be exciting.
Review: Many Of Montreal fans, long bewitched by mainman Kevin Barnes gender and genre-warping way with psychedelic pop, may be tempted, on hearing that his latest record dabbles with EDM, to run away from 'Innocence Reaches' as if their hair were on fire. Yet this would expressly be a mistake - after at least two records that seemed to confuse their audience by tying the more direct and seductive aspects of Barnes' songwriting in ornate knots, 'Innocence Reaches' - which is in actuality close to some celestial collision between Prince and Crystal Castles - shows him both venturing beyond his comfort zone and getting back to what he does best, resulting in the most satisfying Of Montreal record since 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer'.