Queen Esther

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Queen Esther
The Other Side
EL Recordings


Performer, vocalist, musician, songwriter, and actor Queen Esther is best known for her theater work and jazz excursions, but here her versatility and eclecticism is demonstrated through her love of gospel, classical music, opera, show tunes, and country music.

The Other Side’s album cover displays a Billie Holiday-style set against a jazz-blues background with African decorations, but the album tracks counteract this notion; each of the 13 songs is steeped in country and folk music traditions, which is more reminiscent of artists such as Charley Pride and Odetta. Read More...

Anthony D’Amato

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Anthony D’Amato
The Shipwreck From The Shore
New West Records


Fans of folk music are in for a treat this summer with the release of Anthony D’Amato’s new album, The Shipwreck From The Shore. A 26 year-old Princeton graduate, D’Amato writes with a sense of youthful buoyancy. His vocal style is reminiscent of Ben Kweller or Ben Folds, two contemporary giants in the folk scene. The simple melodies combined with the soothing quality of D’Amato’s voice make for a pleasant listening experience. Read More...

Seun Kuti

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Butterfly Boucher
Butterfly Boucher
Self release

This upbeat work is the third album released by Australian singer-songwriter Butterfly Boucher. It exemplifies a perfectly danceable and fun indie rock album with driving rhythms and exact and groovy articulations. The harmonic structure of the album is generally consonant and catchy, and the quickly moving chords and ostinatos help to keep the vigorous pace of each song. Each moment of the album voices some sort of moving line, and each instrument shines at different points as they take turns having a leading line and adding to the interest of the track as a whole. This trading off creates a sense of unexpectedness and makes each moment more interesting as a new sound takes the focus and displays a variation on the themes of the tracks. Read More...