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September 8, 2023

Komorebi: “The Fall”

By: Jack Anderson

Although DJ Shadow turned trip-hop instrumentals into an American institution at the tail end of the ’90s, we can’t overlook the influence of pioneering English artists like Massive Attack, Portishead, and Sneaker Pimps earlier in the decade. Their unique placement of feminine falsettos over seductive, sample-and-synth-heavy soundscapes still inspires acts today, not just in the UK, but to far reaches of the former British Empire. We’re not actually going to argue for bygone colonial influence, but that thread did occur upon hearing some fresh stuff from New Delhi singer Tarana Marwah, better known as Komorebi. This brilliantly bizarre producer-songwriter wowed with her 45-minute Fall 2017 debut full-length Soliloquy before swinging through SXSW in 2019 and 2022. Marwah recaptures magic from Björk and Radiohead to Imogen Heap and GORILLAZ with a near-indescribable Eastern twist and an undying ability to wow (both solo or with one of her frequent collaborators). And speaking of teaming up, Komorebi actually worked with Austin’s own Chicken Ranch Records for her sophomore LP The Fall. Well, despite the summer temps, this morning The Fall finally arrived. Half solo, half group effort (including frequent confederate Blackstratblues and some incredible arrangements), The Fall is a narrative festival for the ears that demands to be heard front to back. In doing so, the trickling of trip-hop (on tracks “I Grew Up”, “The Fall”, and “Tangled And Familiar”) when paired with their less percussion-laden counterparts really helps with the pace, impact, and emotional dynamics of the album. From the aural eclecticism that reveals itself, it’s clear that Komorebi’s fervent, unfenced formulas are far from fizzling out. But if genre formulas are what you’re after this Friday, start your weekend off right with the potent Portishead-esque title track that’ll transport you straight back to the days of Dummy. Slay, Komorebi. Slay.

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The Cuckoos: “Dirty Pictures”

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May 23, 2024

Grandma Mousey: “When I’m Not There”

Ever since we first caught sight of them in 2022, we’ve continued to make room for Grandma Mousey in our wheelhouse, even after their initial nest expanded from three members to five. Yeah, Granny M’s grown on us so much over the past couple of years, that we don’t mind ratting on their talent again […]

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May 22, 2024

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Although we’re bound to find a silver lining eventually, when we take the time to really look at the world we live in – gross injustices, grievous atrocities, shared struggles and all – it can make staying inside super appealing. And for sonic creators, as long as the bleakness doesn’t make the music meek, the […]

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May 17, 2024

Barbara: “For Good Measure” (co-prod. Briana Harris)

Save for those with seemingly disposable resources, often nonprofits get stuck in their original stomping grounds. So when a local endeavor expands enough to inspire, incorporate, and impact folks far beyond their initial reach, it’s cause for celebration. That brings us back to Project Traction, spearheaded by our personal favorite philogynist audiophile – Spoon drummer/Public […]

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Stephanie Rodd: “Stronger Than Ever”

For us uncultured Americans, we tend to invent a caricature when we hear about a “French songstress”. Yes, we let our assumptions automatically paint a picture of a smoky nightclub against a traumatic war torn backdrop, a slender figure in haute couture wardrobe, cigarette in one hand, microphone in the other, and lyrics toutes en […]

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Wild Wren: “I’M A BIRD”

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