Tuesday, December 18, 2018

St. Lenox - Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love

WYMA blog has a soft spot in our hearts for musical lawyers (not that there are many of them).  You see, the majority of us that founded the blog are members of the bar.  Shocking, I know, but don't hold it against us.  To borrow a phrase from the person holding the position previously known as 'leader of the free world', "some of [us], I assume, are good people".

And in addition to likely being a good person, Andrew Choi, Esq., is a very talented musician.  Recording as St. Lenox, Choi's 2018 offering is Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, the third installment if his biographical sketches of his life, background and, more directly in this instance, the tensions between a career and the search for romance.  The album crackles with energy and immediacy.  Andrew's delivery is a stream of conscious, rapid fire street soul that you would expect, and be delighted, to find in your local club, or maybe the best corner in your neighborhood on a sunny day.   Melodic and raw, there is a bit of Tom Waits and a bit of John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) in the vocals, but the themes are all Andrew Choi.  The songs on Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love are insightful and memorable.  It is an album that seeps under your skin and stays with you for a long time, and we thoroughly recommend it.

You can grab a digital copy at the Bandcamp link below.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Possum Moods - Northern Times

Northern Times marks the third time that Australian Mia Schoen and American Jen Turrell have collaborated as Possum Moods.  Veterans of numerous other projects, the duo are skilled songwriters and on this outing have provided 11 songs with quiet charm and fragility and resolve in equal measure.  But the star of the show is the vocal interplay of Mia and Jen, as well as the supporting cast of Harriet and Phoebe of Aussie band Olsen Twins and Jen's young daughter Myffy.  Jen's husband and co-boss of Emotional Response Records, Stewart Anderson, played the drums for the recording.  Breezy and big-hearted, this, quite simply is a very satisfying album

Three tracks are provided for your evaluation below, including the very fun video for album opener "Captain".  But we recommend you then go to Bandcamp and check out the whole album, including two of our favorites, "Home" and "Cuttlefish".

Northern Times is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Emotional Response Records.  Other projects in which either Mia or Jen have been involved include Sleepy Township, Huon, Cannanes, Boyracer, and Rabbit in Red.

Bandcamp for Northern Times


"Shine On" by Azure Blue

We have good news! Tobias Isaksson, aka Azure Blue, plans to release new album Images of You in March 2019 via Matinees Recordings.  And to remind us all why we care, he has carved out album track "Shine On" as the first single.  With all of the uplifting tones of the new romantics movement and co-vocals by The Land Below, it is Swedish synth pop at its finest.

Twitter for Tobias Isaksson
Matinee Recordings