NEW WASHTENAW MUSIC IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINE: VOLUME 2
Another round of new releases from Washtenaw County musicians in the age of quarantine. (These are all studio recordings or professionally shot videos; visit our mini-guide on livestreams by local artists here.)
Volume one is here.
Volume two is below:
MEMCO alum Gilad Granot -- aka Gil A.D. -- is the DJ behind the UMich group's latest Exposure mix series (this one's the first that's all vinyl, too). He also dropped a new 47-track album.
This gentle folk ballad is the first single from guitarist-banjoist-singer Lily Talmers' upcoming EP, which was recorded live at the University of Michigan's Duderstadt Center studio.
The fourth compilation of artists from the UMich collective known as Ossi Music runs from hip-hop and soul to dance and ambient. We interviewed one of the artists, Lotus Hotel, recently about this tune and his other recent singles.
The second album of Balkans-steeped funk by this Ann Arbor quintet came out on December 31, 2019, but they only started publicizing it recently.
The Ice Creams' six-song debut by married couple Emily Roll and Fred Thomas, who went to Ravine Studios, Ann Arbor, on March 22 and recorded these spontaneous synth-punk no-wave creations between 6-7:30 pm.
Country-influenced soul by Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Joel Parkkila.
Matt Jones & The Reconstruction's country-folker "The Good Life" was recorded in spring 2019 by Jim Roll at Willis Sound and released on April 3, 2020.
A previously unreleased live recording of Andrew Brown's Djangophonique at Blue LLama Jazz Club on January 16, 2020. Click here if the Facebook video isn't displaying in your browser.
Two new releases by Dr. Pete Larson's Ann Arbor-based Dagoretti Records: Live in Detroit by D.C. free-jazz band Heart of the Ghost and Of Water, Land, & Sky, an environmental soundscape collected at Willow Creek Preserve in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by Asumaya (Luke Bassuener).
Punk-influenced Ann Arbor shoegazers Big Vic released a five-song demo.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.