Hannis Brown, a creative indie rocker, spends time on “Oh Ah Ee” exploring free jazz compositions, improvisational arrangements with spazzy yet smart lush textures dominating the experience. Lovely, I love how the title track has vocal harmonies that sound like Thom Yorke. Very intriguing minimalism at times that sounds removed from Tortoise and injected with the oddities of Charles Mingus. How many artists can you name that count the following objects as instruments on their album: rustling paper, running water, tapped beer bottles, and the percussion nature of heating systems and trash cans? Rhetorical I know. Only one comes to mind and it’s Hannis Brown.
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The group featuring Mrs. Miller and Mccabe, neither of which is the real name of either of the duo whom are properly referred to as Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven, Monks of Doom) and Alison Faith Levey (The Loud Family, The Sippy Cups), performs stirring indie pop with an Americana twist. But refusing to be slipped into a specific genre cabinet, the group delves into Southern blues, folk, pop ballads, roots-rock, jazz, and pleasant acoustic. It’s foot-stomping fun that refuses to succumb to any industry pressure to sound like this or that. I love that. And you will too. Looking for the next big thing that none of your hipster friends have heard yet? Pick up “Time for Leaving” and you won’t be disappointed.
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Soulful jazz cuts with the Cedar Walton Trio backing up Anna Maria Flechero’s smooth vocals. The trio is made up of Mr. Walton as their pianist, a bassist, and a drummer, and there’s also additional instrumentation including a fender Rhodes, synthesizer, saxophone, mini-moog, and some additional guitar, bass, and drums to add to the mix. Her album rifles through contemporary smooth jazz licks and while it may not be nearly as impressive as her musical footnote alongside a 12-piece Latin jazz band that played alongside Santana, it’s pretty impressive from this daughter of a choir leader.