Author: Bob Fish

Album | Bill MacKay – Locust Land

Bill MacKay finds ways to challenge all your notions of what a guitarist is supposed to be on Locust Land. Using more keyboards than guitars, ‘Phantasmic Fairy’, the opening track, suggests he’s doing what he wants rather than using some…

Album | The Avett Brothers – The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers may not think so, but they are no ordinary band, and their new, self-titled album proves that point in spades. They have a way of making music that incorporates virtually everything while remaining tinged with folk and…

Album | Six Organs of Admittance – Time is Glass

Humboldt County, California is where Six Organs of Admittance began some 26 years ago, and since 2019 it is again where Ben Chasny resides and where Time is Glass came to fruition. Pure Chasny, no one else was involved in…

Album | Oisin Leech – Cold Sea

Magic is a funny thing. When it occurs there’s no stopping it, and Oisin Leech’s Cold Sea is a product of magic. The stars aligned. There’s really no other way to explain it. A pause in the world forced Lost…

Album | Itasca – Imitation of War

In the four years since Itasca’s Spring the world has changed completely, so there may be no antecedents for Imitation of War. It is an electric album, but one with a delicacy unlike anything else heard this year. It exists out of time…

Album | Mol Sullivan – Goose

The gestation period of a goose is 28 days. Mol Sullivan’s first album, Goose, needed to gestate a bit longer. Quite a bit longer, 15 years to be exact. She had to deal with a decade-long affair, not with a…

Album | All The Bees – All The Bees

All The Bee sneak up on you. While the music is quiet and seems unassuming, the effect it has takes hold and won’t let go. Kirsty McGee and Gitika Partington sing and play in ways that are outside of the…

Album | Smoke Fairies – Carried in Sound

In the muddled pathways of the pandemic, the Smoke Fairies looked less at the glass ball, reaching instead for reflecting on lives, loves and losses that formed Carried in Sound. What’s most striking is the way, with the aid of…

Album | Thea Gilmore – Thea Gilmore

The strange days are over. Thea Gilmore survived a rancorous divorce with an album documenting that toxic relationship, Afterlife released under the name Afterlight. But now she returns with an album 25 years in the making, and one markedly self-titled,…

Album | Iron And Wine – Who Can See Forever

Sam Beam has been recording as Iron and Wine for over 20 years, so the thought of looking back at his career with a live concert film, Who Can See Forever makes sense. Evolving in much the same way his…