What: Radio 1190's Locals Live with Boulder singer/song-writer Spence
When: Tonight at 6
Where: Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., on the Hill
More info: radio1190.org
Formerly of post-rock outfit Cul de Sac, steel-string master Glenn Jones will to release his sixth full-length record, Fleeting, on March 18.
Jones' style of music, created with an acoustic guitar or a banjo, is classified as American Primitivism. However, his sound doesn't only rely on vintage folk and blues, but also utilizes indie rock and delicate baroque music. On the new album, Jones has masterfully composed simple, yet enchanting folk tracks that were recorded in a house on the banks of a creek in Mount Holly, N.J. Even croaks and chirps of the outside world can be heard in the background.
Fleeting is an album focused on the past, present and future. Some tracks are dedicated to people of his past (two about fellow musicians Robbie Basho and Michael Chapman), but the standout track is the lullaby "Cleo Asleep," which is a nod to his daughters, as well as the future.
The album is a recording of mastery and proves that American Primitivism lives on in the modern music world. Fleeting by Glenn Jones is Radio 1190's CD of the Month for March.
Denver psych-pop project Sound of Ceres — composed of Colorado natives and ex-Candy Claws duo Karen and Ryan Hover, along with members of Denver's Apples in Stereo and Brooklyn's The Drums — released its debut album of ethereal and psychedelic music with Nostalgia for Infinity.
Opening track, "Pursuer," is a minimal and pulsing opening of doors where soft synths and whispering vocals take center stage. With the album doors open, operatic melodies and spine-tingling textures take over to create a mix of psych and ASMR music. Unlike Candy Claws, Sound of Ceres dials back the chaotic and cacophonous textures in favor of sublime, minimal melodies and rhythms. The single "My Spiral Arm" is a terrestrial, meandering jaunt, evoking surreal images of woodlands and kaleidoscopic highways.
The tracks are catchy and digestible with just the right amount of composition detail to keep the listener coming back for more. The smoothness and silkiness of the album is appealing, but it's the eccentricities and personalities that make Nostalgia for Infinity incredibly special and triumphant.
In the early 2000s, psychedelic kings Animal Collective created some of the most landmark indie albums. On the 10th studio record, Painting With, fourth member Deakin steps out of the mix to let Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist take the reins.
Instead of diving deeper into psychedelic themes or exploring soundscapes, the trio has decidedly focused on rhythms and melodies. Compared to previous efforts, Painting With contains more head-bobbing and grooving tracks that are easy to dance to. The first track and lead single "Floridada" is bouncy, catchy and colorful with an exploding chorus that pays homage to different regions around the world. "Lying in the Grass" is a tropical-flavored stomp featuring echoed singing — which appears as a motif throughout the album.
Painting With contains some of the most middle-of-the-road and poppy sounds that Animal Collective has ever released. Unfortunately, without more exploration into the unknown, there's really not much to chew on besides the grooves the band lays down. Though this is not the greatest Animal Collective album, it certainly isn't bad by any means.
Calvet is Radio 1190's music director. Read more reviews: coloradodaily.com/columnists.