Friday Five: Antwaun Stanley, Beanstalk, Lionbelly, Anteomedroma, Ness Lake
Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.
This week features dancey R&B from Antwaun Stanley, synth-pop by Beanstalk, alt folk-pop via Lionbelly, black metal from Anteomedroma, and lo-fi indie-folk courtesy Ness Lake.
Antwaun Stanley, Ascension
Ann Arbor vocalist and Vulfpeck associate Antwaun Stanley has teamed up with another Townie mega-talent, Tyler Duncan (My Dear Disco, Ella Riot) for a six-song EP featuring four super-catchy and dancey R&B tracks and two instrumental bookends. The mini-album also includes contributions from Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, U-M grads Jeremy Kittel on strings and Marcus Elliot on tenor sax, and Detroit trumpeters Anthony Stanco, John Douglas, and Kris Johnson.
Beanstalk, "Seed to Stalk" and Loving Among Us
Liquid Thickness drummer Riley Bean celebrates the release of Loving Among Us, the second LP by his synth-pop project, Beanstalk, with a concert on Saturday, Ju;y 24, 6 pm, at Grove Studios, 884 Railroad St., Ypsilanti. I'm not sure if "Seed to Stalk" is on the record, which hasn't hit digital platforms yet, but I missed this low-key disco groove when it came out in September 2020.
Lionbelly, The Clockmaker's House
Local writer and filmmaker Brian Lillie is also a musician, and Lionbelly is his folk-pop solo project. The opening track, "Head Bone Danger Zone," sounds like a lost Soul Coughing tune, so all you Mike Doughty fans should dig on The Clockmaker's House.
Anteomedroma, Anteomedroma I
As a genre-agnostic column, Friday Five looks to highlight every kind of music that's being produced in Washtenaw County, but I don't often come across metal bands in my searches, let alone traditionally lo-fi black metal acts. Ypsilanti's Anteomedroma is all that and a bag of gravestones. Formerly known as Wraith, this is the first release by the one-man band (?) since 2015's Calibraxas.
Ness Lake, Marry the Moon
Ypsilanti's Ness Lake is a man out of time. The lo-fi, emotive indie-folk on Marry the Moon sounds like it was recorded on cassette four-track in the early '90s.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.