With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for brand-new music to drop online and go overlooked. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five releases you may have missed but need to hear. Stream music from Maria Somerville, Elsa Hewitt, Clever Austin, Robert Stillman, and Cochemea. If you like what you hear, support the artists.
Maria Somerville – All The People
On her debut album, Dublin producer and musician Maria Somerville draws on conventional folk forms alongside post-punk, traditional Irish motifs, starry-eyed pop and hypnotic drones to create wholly original music that is a product of its environment. Standouts from this wonderful album include ‘Eyes Don’t Say It’, ‘Undoing’, ‘Dreaming’, ‘Brighter Days’ and the title track. A fascinating introduction, Maria Somerville is definitely one to watch!
Elsa Hewitt – Citrus Paradis
We’ve been giving Elsa Hewitt props for a while and for the good reason that her music is brilliant! The latest offering from the prolific London -based producer is full of cross-rhythmic guitar loops, strong experimental beat and trippy rhythms. The talented Hewitt doesn’t disappoint and delivers what is in our opinion her best work to date.
Clever Austin – Pareidolia
Clever Austin is the self-taught multi-instrumentalist and co-producer behind Hiatus Kaiyote. His debut album ‘Pareidolia’ is a genre-bending sonic and emotive pilgrimage with virtuosic, percussive groove at its core. Conceived via countless nights in his home studio, it dreamily roams across 18 tracks which slowly unravel with the cinematic feel of a movie.
Robert Stillman – Reality
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Robert Stillman returns to Orindal Records with his new album, called Reality. The ten-track record represents a return to his formative, early influences in the recordings of John and Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler. The album’s title also references what music writer Virgil Moorefield calls the “Reality of Illusion,” that of Stillman’s solo, a multi-tracked ensemble of one, in which he plays saxophone, clarinets, drums, and piano. Brilliant stuff!
Cochemea – All My Relations
On his new album titled All My Relations, multi-instrumentalist Cochemea Gastelum connects with his roots. For the California native with Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian ancestry, his 10-track LP offers a deeply personal exploration of jazz and indigenous-influenced rhythms. Great album.