Two New Gems

The new releases start rolling in.
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Sinkane Life & Livin’ It

On Friday Sudanese artist Ahmed Gallab released his latest record under his Sinkane moniker. Regular readers of Gallab will be familiar with his work, as I have followed him quite closely here. What separates him from the field is that each new project represents a quantum leap in craft from the one before. Gallab is a leader in every sense. His sound effortlessly blends styles across myriad genres. As a listener you catch elements of African pop, R&B, electronic, new wave and more in these songs. Sinkane borrows what he needs from each of these genres to form his sound, but never lets an idea overwhelm his composition. Gallab was the band leader for the excellent Atomic Bomb: Who is William Onyeabor project a couple of summers back and his time leading such an exemplary group of musicians was well spent. On this record we have an artist producing tracks so polished they shine. There is a mathematical precision to these tracks that just works. Once again Sinkane finds himself a strong contender for the best of the year lists. Check out the track “Telephone” below.



Jens Lekman Life Will See You Now

Tomorrow, Jens Lekman will put forth his latest offering. Lekman’s style blends a breezy tropical sound with a penchant for vivid imagery and detailed recollection. The hallmark of a Lekman record is the sense that you know something intensely personal about the artist when you leave it. He catches and renders the details that make memories and experiences profound. For Lekman it often seems as though the big revelations are much less interesting than the torrent of sensations, dreams and anxieties that have led up to them. Anticipation is key for Lekman, what does this moment portend. All of the possibilities swell out and coalesce into a result. Another excellent record both in terms of the airiness of the music and the poignancy of the lyricism. Check out the track “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” below.



To Do This Week

Tonight check out Yonder Mountain String Band with G. Love and the Special Sauce at the Joy Theater. Tomorrow, Death is at Siberia. Also tomorrow, John Papa Gros will kick off Carnival at Tipitinas with Ivan Neville and a whole host of guests. On Saturday, Boukou Groove is at the Maple Leaf. You can also catch The Radio Dept at Gasa Gasa or Tyvek at the Circle Bar. Don’t forget on Wednesday Sting will roll into the Lakefront Arena.


To Listen This Week



Categories: In Tune, Music, Nightlife, Theatre + Art