Rita Ro – MILK

 I can honestly say this is one of the coolest albums I’ve heard in a long time. I learned about it while reaching out to people on facebook about my Manasota vinyl project. One of those people I sent a message to was Rita Ro. She said she’d check it out and shared her music with me too. I checked it out and I’m glad I did. I’m actually pretty shocked this doesn’t have more support on Bandcamp. Let’s see if we can change that? Rita’s song structures combine a tribal feel with modern electronics, field recordings, piano, guitars, melody harp, mexican flute, synths, harmonium, toy violin, programmed and live drums, and dreamy vocals. Despite the use of electronics, the overall feel of MILK is incredibly organic. It’s very experimental, but at the same time is incredibly accessible and catchy. There’s a balance of elements rarely captured in modern music. There’s a real sense of nature that comes through and her vocals are equal parts haunting and memorable. Excellently produced and skillfully performed, Ro has a true talent and this one is definitely worth the price of download.

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Ronan Conroy – Discontent

Discontent by Ronan Conroy is a fantastic debut solo LP by this long-time singer/songwriter Brooklyn based musician. Having spent many years playing with bands like The Listeners, and Oh Halo, Conroy set out on his own with the production wizardry of Charlie Nieland to produce a highly polished and passionate album that takes you through many moods. Conroy’s lyrical content is honest and takes the driver’s seat through much of his work. Surrounded by a myriad of excellent studio musicians and delivered by Nieland’s crystal clear production, Discontent is an excellent release well worth owning on CD.

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Subtle People – The Oracle

Subtle People is the work of multi-instrumentalist, Justin Gracer. On The Oracle, Gracer blends 80s sythpop with 90s indie into something uniquely his own. Lyrically complex and vocally daring, there’s plenty of great hooks, cool gated drum reverbs, and a subtle Miami vibe (Where Gracer is originally from). The Oracle is one of my favorite ones by Subtle People and definitely worth getting!

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Help bring the new Manasota LP to 180 gram vinyl

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Oh Halo / The Children of Mu – Split 7″

This limited edition double-A-side 7″ (to date only 300 have been pressed) features “Dream Lucy” from Oh Halo and “Solarized” from the Children of Mu, and is released under the project title “The Pulse of Winter.” NOTE: no digital download available for “The Pulse of Winter” – this is physical media merch. only Oh Halo: “Dream Lucy” Words and music by: Ronan Conroy Performed by: Oh Halo Ronan Conroy (guitars and vocals), Chealsea Conroy (drums), Julie Dicterow (piano and vocals), Marcy Hokama (synth), Joe Geni (bass guitar), Produced by: Super Buddha Recorded at: Super Buddha Studios, Brooklyn, New York, September 2011 Performed in memory of Anthony James Conroy, 1984 – 2011 The Children of Mu: “Solarized” Drums – Justin Wierbonski, Bass – Adam Deimling, Saxophone / Electronics – Jeremy Powell, Guitar / Electronics – Rex Shepherd, Modular Synth / iPad – K Paul Boyev, Zanzithophone / Electronics – James Bess, Recorded and mixd by Justin Wierbonski 5/2011 at the Anthill III in Saint Petersburg, FL

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fulkramick – Pathmark

Fulkramick blends acoustic instrumentation, textured sonic experimentation, creative and skillful drumming with post rock electro grooves. On “Pathmark” fulkramick has produced a very hard to classify album, which is one of the things that makes me like it so much. When one says “Experimental” music, this is really the exact type of thing I think of. Boundaries are pushed in all directions but in such a way that is never overly abrasive or disturbingly dissonant. Fans of Gastr Del Sol, Talk Talk, and Tortoise will definitely enjoy this. Also available on cassette

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Those Damn Bloodsuckers – The Black Lodge E.P.

Twin Peaks is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I am very excited that it’ll finally be making a return in 2017. Then just recently I got an email from an artist that goes by the name of “Those Damn Bloodsuckers”. I went to check out his music (all of which is quite cool dark ambient) but immediately I was drawn to The Black Lodge E.P. TDBS combines dark ambient soundscapes with various soundbites from the original show to create a very nice tribute in audio form. If you are an ambient fan or a TP fan you will undoubtedly enjoy this E.P.

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