Tag: alternative

Aibai – Glow

     Aibai is a producer, based in Minneapolis, that stitches together music from her experience with electronica, and blends these influences with modern alternative, ambient, and rhythm and blues, or what Aibai refers to as, “indietronica.” Here on Glow, one of several singles from a new self-titled EP (March 2021), Aibai fronts this easy on the ears music with vocals from Des, better known as Swims. This is a beautiful track on many levels. Aibai certainly shows that her producer chops are well-honed. Also on the EP, More Than Friends, with Colby Hansen on…

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Meg Myers – Running Up That Hill

     It came as no surprise in January when Vodka favorite Meg Myers hit number 1 on the Billboard singles chart. What surprised me was that she made that number 1 chart-topper with a remake of Kate Bush’s 1985 hit Running Up That Hill (seen/heard here). Not that there’s anything wrong with that song. In fact, Myers’ interpretation of that song just reminds you what a great piece of music it actually is. The surprise comes that Myers’ own works haven’t made the same splash. They should! Vodka…

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Iamthemorning – Ghost Of A Story

     Vodka has been casually following Iamthemorning for a while now, without actually posting a video from these great artists. That’s on me!  But that changes here, with Ghost Of A Story from the soon-to-be-released long-player, The Bell, scheduled August 2, 2019. Combining classical elements with alternative rock sensibilities and folkish storytelling, Iamthemorning excels! Iamthemorning is essentially a duo comprised of Marjana Semkina’s beautiful voice and guitar work, and the wonderful keyboards of Gleb Kolyadin. Hailing from Saint Petersburg, Russia, the two flesh out their often macabre stories with great…

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Hugo Kant – The Earth Dance

     Sharp Vodka readers will remember Hugo Kant (a.k.a., Quentin Le Roux), musician and producer,  from the hip-hop flavored alt-rocker Leave Me Alone, featuring California MC LostPoet, posted back in July 2014. About a year ago (May 2017) Hugo released the Out Of Time long-player, which features twelve cohesive tracks and a great number of musical styles and genres. Hip-hop, particularly trip-hop, plays defining roles in the underlying sounds. The long-player is decidedly thematic in nature; Perhaps not a true concept album, as lyrically there is little here aside…

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Laura Veirs – Everybody Needs You

     I have been a fan of Laura Veirs from the first time I heard her on CMJ New Music Monthly’s  2005 sampler CD with the tune Galaxies. She has a captivating compositional style that keeps you listening. That hasn’t changed after 20 years of making great alternative flavored pop music. Veirs has just released her 10th solo long-player, The Lookout (April 2018), from which Everybody Needs You (seen/heard here) comes. Laura Veirs has been uncompromising in being true to her musical visions, regardless of remaining unknown to many…

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