Video Premiere: Goldfeather, “Alone Again”

“Alone Again” is violinist and composer Sarah Goldfeather’s immersive ode to rejection. It’s a dramatic, indie-pop response to the open wounds of lost love. A heartbreaking relatability seeps through every synth-laden lyric, following influence from artists like Sufjan Stevens and Mitski. Its accompanying video amplifies the sonic intensity, using visual layering to mimic the echoing loneliness of the music itself. Continue reading Video Premiere: Goldfeather, “Alone Again”

New Track: Andrew Rodriguez, “Oil Islands”

“Oil Islands” is intoxicating. Voice, saxophone, and electronics mesh art song with synth pop, blurring the lines of genre or perhaps shrugging off those confines entirely. Andrew Rodriguez isn’t interested in defining his music by one style – his influences range from DIY to hip hop to classical and jazz. And “Oil Islands” is his sonic playground. Continue reading New Track: Andrew Rodriguez, “Oil Islands”

Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

The unmistakable tinge of a major second was palpable. Harsh, crunching artificial noise emanated from a loosely tuned guitar. Heads bobbed and banged. The sound was note-against-note, a harmonic layout that offers more tension than it does release. Yet the audience didn’t seem to mind at all, screaming along in human articulation to the scream of amplified metal strings. The catharsis of a punk show … Continue reading Perception and Dissonance: The Challenge of Overcoming Genre

“We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

When Soft Sounds from Another Planet was released in July 2017, the sky was purple as the sun rose, burning hot on the sidewalk pavement, glistening white over the Hudson. There was a stillness in the hot air as I brewed my tea and let the sounds of dream pop and healing run through my veins. I knew that this album would be one I’d … Continue reading “We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

Love, Attachment, and Music: From the 16th Century to the 21st

Music often helps us understand our own emotions and commiserate with each other about feelings we’ve all felt before, both good and bad. Much music exerts energy on describing close interpersonal relationships, and that has always been popular subject matter. To that end, we see secular music of hundreds of years ago exploring the pains and joys of love, just like much of our current … Continue reading Love, Attachment, and Music: From the 16th Century to the 21st

Music, Technology, and Discovery

My sparkling red portable CD player arrived in the mail, bought with an Amazon gift card that my uncle mailed me for a birthday. I was thrilled. I slid the AA batteries in the little opening on the bottom, shut the clasp, and popped Michelle Branch’s Hotel Paper onto its wheel. I was listening with those headphones that fit over your head but are way … Continue reading Music, Technology, and Discovery