4 More Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

Kaelin Ellis — Kaelin Ellis Finding fame through innovative beat videos on social media, a collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, and some of the best hip-hop beats you could find on the internet, Kaelin Ellis is one of the most exciting young producers in the game. His self-titled album is appropriately ear-grabbing, with varied instrumentation and head-nodding drums throughout the project. Terrace Martin — Soul Juice Released early … Continue reading 4 More Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

4 Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

Falling in love with a piece of art takes repeated appreciation, and given the recent trend of bloated tracklists, it can be hard to find an album you can return to day after day. But with a little digging, it’s not hard to find plenty of albums in the 10-to-30-minute range that pack the punch of a full-length production. Ric Wilson & Terrace Martin — They … Continue reading 4 Short Albums Worth Daily Replays

John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

John Lisi’s 2021 album, I Hope This Feels Good, sees the young artist shine his creative flashlight deeper into the winding cave that is a budding career in music. The album, which I love dearly and wrote about last week, takes cues from a variety of genres and shows Lisi as an young, dynamic talent capable of shifting tempos and intentions with a song’s notice. … Continue reading John Lisi’s Debut Album a Path of Self-Discovery [Interview]

Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums Include Kiefer, DAISY WORLD, Khruangbin

Kiefer ~ When There’s Love Around Marking his second project of the year, Kiefer returns with a jazzy, instrumentally-dense album. When There’s Love Around succinctly captures feelings of friendship and familial love, with a series of soothing, engaging arrangements. DAISY WORLD ~ SUNDOWN / SIX TWO Her first personal release on streaming services, this double is evocative and impressive, giving listeners the feeling that plenty … Continue reading Tune In Tuesday: Best Recent Albums Include Kiefer, DAISY WORLD, Khruangbin

Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels

On the precipice of their debut project, Knyves Escobar — who uses the pronouns she and they — is leaning into their dynamic musical talent and intrinsically strong self-belief as pillars of what looks to be a long and successful career in music.  Escobar says the upcoming debut will show listeners that they have plenty more in store than the typical R&B sounds Escobar tends … Continue reading Interview: Knyves Escobar Shares Wisdom, Speaks on Inspiration & Pushing Past Labels

Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

As if directly inspired by Steve Lacy’s Ted Talk on the creative possibilities brought about by advanced technology, John Lisi created I Hope This Feels Good, a gentle, soft-around-the-edges album. Employing jazz and alternative stylings with his saxophone, guitars, keyboard, and computer, the project keeps its allure over many replays. I Hope This Feels Good’s cover art tells you much of what you need to … Continue reading Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

New Music To You: Capital Cities, André 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Capital Cities, Andre 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger. Farrah Fawcett Hair // Capital Cities, André 3000 You might’ve heard of the techno-psychedelic rock group Capital Cities back in 2013 when their first single, “Safe and Sound,” was … Continue reading New Music To You: Capital Cities, André 3000, the Grateful Dead, and Goldfinger

New Music To You: Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams. Astrovan // Mt. Joy “Astrovan,” released just last year, embodies the spirit of feel-good 60’s classic rock. It just makes you wanna throw on a tie-dye tee, pile into a … Continue reading New Music To You: Mt. Joy, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Pharrell Williams

New Music To You: Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai

With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai. Beyond // Leon Bridges Leon Bridges’ voice is phenomenal — we know this (and if you don’t, prepare to learn). There’s not much else to say, really. He deftly glides through high … Continue reading New Music To You: Leon Bridges, A$AP Rocky, and slowthai

Album Appreciation: “VALIS” by Reptaliens

This is an excerpt from our bi-monthly newsletter. For more, make sure to check us out on Substack! Released in spring of 2019, VALIS brings together elements of folk and psych rock to create a lighthearted, dreamy soundscape rife with bubbly effects and expressions of their Portland enthusiasm.  It’s a gaseous album — that is, it can take up as much space in your environment … Continue reading Album Appreciation: “VALIS” by Reptaliens