CDs + Vinyl:
999 – Live & Loud [Reissue/1995] CD (Interference)
Explosive versions of tracks from 999’s first three albums from 1978-1979. Originally released in 1995 as a split live compilation with Sham 69.
Anjou – Epithymia CD/2xLP (Kranky)
Ambient power duo Anjou’s 2017 sophomore statement continues in the vein of their 2014 debut, unfurling a full hour of mesmeric synthetic drift and veiled melodic undertow. Comprised of Mark Nelson (of pioneering post-rock experimentalists Labradford and Pan·American) and Robert Donne (of Labradford, Aix Em Klemm, Cristal), the group works largely in long-form suites of sound, alternately spacious and dense. Epithymia‘s six pieces embrace flux and ambiguity: drones swell and shudder, hushed currents of noise glitch and dissolve, atmospheres congeal and liquefy. As with the participants’ prior projects, Anjou evokes a shadowed, mysterious mood, variously melancholy and transcendent. The album is an accumulation of craftsmanship and experience, blurred forms traced in light and fog.
Arbouretum – Song Of The Rose CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The Baltimore torch-bearers have long been famed for their ability to entwine elegant songwriting with an erudite poetry, both sonically and lyrically. Weaving contemplations on philosophy, mysticism, redemption, and the implications of human progress, Arbouretum’s songwriting on Song Of The Rose sees the band further refine this artistry. “Dave Heumann continues to steer the band on a course that swerves between the heavy/heady poles of ‘70s-inspired rock, with an eye on anthems and a foot planted on the muddy earth.” – Exclaim
Art Of Anarchy – The Madness CD (Century Media)
Lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal hails formerly from Guns N’ Roses, while bassist John Moyer first rose to fame as a member of Disturbed. Twin brothers Jon Votta (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums), meanwhile, gained a reputation as fixtures on the New York music scene. The most recent addition to the group is Scott Stapp, the founder and lead singer of Creed. Stapp replaces the late Scott Weiland as AOA’s lead singer.