Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that. In fact, on his new album Finding Gabriel, he is doing nothing less than searching for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Suffice to say the album is HEAVY, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating listens of the year in any genre.
Here's hoping Rhye's Woman is what everyone buys their significant other for Valentine's Day next year because, man, does it hit you right in the feels. Milosh releasing a solo album in the latter half of this year could unfortunately signal that Rhye has already come and gone. If that is the case, at least the enigmatic duo left the music world with an instantly classic album of heartfelt, honest love songs.
SOUNDS LIKE:A dreamy, nostalgic tribute to 70s roller rinks, disco ball and all. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:Uhhh...SAX SOLOS.
When not recording or touring with New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate, guitarist Matt Mondanile takes on his Ducktails monkier. Mondanile has been quite prolific under his solo side project, releasing numerous EPs and full-length albums, the most recent being this year's The Flower Lane.
On the third track of Flower Lane, "Under Cover," Mondanile wastes no time making his intention known. "Under, do you want to go under the covers?" he suavely asks with a delicate layer of synth, guitar, drum, and saxophone in the background to help woo the addressee into his bed. Mondanile flirtatiously repeats the question multiple times, abstractly adding "When you're alone in the middle of the night, what do the streetlights say to your eyes?" for good measure. A little more than halfway through the six-minute song, the underlying instrumentals crescendo, announcing the forthcoming groovy, powerful sax solo that sends the song off into its finishing seconds. Undoubtedly, by the track's finish, that special someone has been won over by Mondanile's advances.