TAUTOLOGIC/Wheels Fall Off: Back in my day, you couldn't get money out of the Illinois Arts Council by gun point. Nice to see they are funding left field rockers with something to say that might not otherwise be heard these days. A much more valuable real world experience than the student run label at Columbia College, these kids are really doing it for themselves. Since you can do anything you want in a pomo world and justify it, give this bunch credit for figuring things out for themselves. They've got some nice rocking genre splicing going on here and they are well worth keeping an ear out for.
WILL LIVERMAN/Dreams of a New Day: Certainly an art project, issued by a feisty indie classical label, this collection, voiced by a Broadway type Black vocalist, highlights songs by Black composers from across the generations. There aint no ‘Kumbiya" in the bunch, but he does cover Richard Farina. Solid music with a message that was released in time for Black History month. Check it out if you're in the mood for how much grandeur can be delivered by a vocalist and a piano.
DULCIE TAYLOR/Rediscovered: Not everyone can compete with their younger self but Americana mainstay Taylor looks back at another ep sized bunch of tunes from her last 20 years successfully. Giving them various types of updating, these old songs are new songs once again loaded with a point of view that hits the nail on the head even if coming at it now from another direction. Proof once again that the basics are the basics for a reason, whatever/whenever Taylor touches, she leaves behind some magic to imbue it with. Well done.
DOUG HOEKSTRA/Day Deserved: Always an interesting cat, Hoekstra's magic has always sprung from sounding so underground yet being visible enough to nail real awards, not just arts council back patting. Underground sounding once again, but hob nobbing the underground with vibes that give off names like Cohen, Reed et al, this set that reflects the times hit's the nail on the head hard. Mastering the art of writing down mouth tunes without them being depressing, his first new record in a decade is cause for celebration.
(Drop Autumn 1104)
Volume 45/Number 129
March 9, 2021
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