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SWALLOWS/In the Shadow of the Seven Stars: Been pissed off the folk world hasn't produced any good murder ballads lately? Here's a folk/rock crew giving over a whole album to a real life grisly murder in the late 1800s that happened in England. Adding elements of genre hopping that gives a Goth feel to the proceedings, the album length gives this a cinematic feel. Wild.
(Emperor Penguin 12)

J. RAMADA/Turquoise: An eclectic cat with an eclectic spirit finds the corner of prog and new age on his fifth album giving you a host of flavors that are touched by his varied interests. Somewhat kaleidoscopic in scope, this is the perfect audio getaway for when the noise of the day pushes you to need an audio palette cleanser.
(Lumi 40621)

SEAMUS 30/various: The funny thing about these electronic out sounders is that if a cat like Bowie lived long enough, he would have recruited some of these time and spacers to provide sonic cushions for future excursions. Today's guided trip through hell is tomorrows.... Meanwhile, if you're an egghead, count yourself in for this various artist collection pulled from the latest and greatest of the club's ranks. Youngsters be warned: there ain't a beat in the bunch but this is where the electro sounds of tomorrow will be coming from.
(Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States 2021)

HILARY SCOTT/Kaleidoscope: Kind of a personal greatest hits set for the country writer in which she was invited to collaborate with others which she normally doesn't do. The pop flavored songs pretty much sat around for a decade until being let out of the drawer for a contemporary remix. Scott shows she adapts well to any environment. These tracks could easily fit onto any contemporary, youthful play list.

Volume 45/Number 181
April 30, 2021
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CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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