The Great Sacketts

Partner Artifact Spark en Masse Self-Released, 2014 Reviewed by Kent Manthie This follow-up to Jacob Sackett’s musical side project, Partner Artifact’s, previous work, A Form Constant and their the third PA album altogether,Spark en Masse evokes film-noir visuals, brings up violent thoughts with a mellow mood and all with intellectual words to give it life. […]

Big Worlds, Small Town

Feel No Other Feel No Other Silber Media, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie This is a nice change of pace – smooth sailing ambient/drone-flicker shoe-gaze w/a touch of melancholy-baby to it. Feel No Other is a band from the Silber Media family that’s been around since 2009, when Brian Lea McKenzie (late of Electric Bird […]

The DOKTOR is IN!

Herr Doktor 199X Enough Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie OK, well, that was interesting [see previous article below], wasn’t it? I just wanted to mention that, yes I am going to start doing more and more articles about various topics and not every post will be another CD review. That said. I want to […]

Marshall McLuhan – we need you back!

Wow, what a brave – or not – world we live in.  I left out the “new” part of that cliche because there’s not that much “new” about things today.  “WHAT??” you may scream in disgust…”of course this a new and different world, a future that nobody ever imagined, even 20 years ago, so what […]

Spiritual Molecules Unite

Hew Time Hew Time Joyful Noise Recordings, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie Today is March 25, 2014 and, well, it’s a Tuesday – and you all know what Tuesdays are, don’t ya? It’s “New Release Tuesday”. I don’t know the exact reason, but Tuesdays are always a day that many new CDs, video games, etc. […]

Spreading the Disease…

Dyman Infection EP Enough Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie Dyman is a one-man-outfit. Hailing from Ermesinde, Portugal, he’s been around a while, just under the radar of the masses, which, if you can manage it and make a living, is great. Infection marks Dyman’s seventh release to date. His first release goes back to […]

Strictly Super

Owls Two Polyvinyl Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie March 12, 2014: the new Owls album is finally out! What a great thing to happen. I’m listening to it right now and I am absolutely blown away by the intricate arrangements, the strict structures, the bombardier bass, the steady-beat-with-a-jazz-kick-to-it drums and the magnificent guitar work. […]

The Lost Cities of… “Where?”

Hauschka Abandoned City, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie After listening to a New Yorker “podcast” of a piece in the latest issue by the great David Remnick, the next thing that popped up was a pleasant surprise: an album of “prepared” piano solo pieces by Hauschka, entitled Abandoned City. Both the title of the recording […]

The Return of HAMMOND

Therhythmisodd Fly By Time Self-Released, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie This is about as cool as you can get! A brand new album (albeit, only a 3-song EP) of modernized prog-rock/fusion/jazz. This duo from Sweden, Bjorn Egelius, bass player and self-described “groove inventor” and Swedish drum legend, Leif Fredriksson, who’s been at it for 30 […]

Follow the Source

Aires Aires Enough Records, 2014 Review by Kent Manthie This lovely four song album, an eponymous EP by the Portuguese band Aires, is a beautifully, lifting sort of work. It consists of the first two tracks: a sort of “suite” – tracks one and two are made up of two different “Organico”s – #1 is […]