New Release – – Roy G Black


It’s nice to see music that stretches our aural sensibilities. Nothing fancy, just straightforward analog recording with no overdubs. For the lay person out there, no overdubs mean no layering of instruments over the  top of on another.  Just hit record and play the piece.

What comes out of it, is a full sounding unique experimental rock sound. They describe themselves as Bombastic and Post-Rock, but it goes a bit deeper than that. It’s a great experiment in sound and arrangement. Check out their Bandcamp page where you can pre-order the new 10″ and t-shirt combo. Part of the proceeds goes toward a great cause as well as supporting local music.


Hanan Record Release – 10/21 – Turf Club


Check out Hanan, as they release their new album “Sonder” on Inspirus Records. Experimental, instrumental and organic.

Hanan Record Release
Tuesday October 21st. – 7:30pm – 21+ – $5
Hanan, Damage, Controller, Falcon Arrow and Jill
Turf Club, 1601 University Ave, St. Paul

Beasthead – “Tallest Trees”


Review by Christine Mlodzik

Not that long ago, Beasthead sent in a video to Rift; it was of them playing at a house party. I’d never heard of Beasthead, but I really liked what I heard. Then they sent us a link to their newest EP, “Tallest Trees.” And I won’t lie, I was somewhat at a loss on how to describe them (this is my second pass at writing this review).

It’s too easy to describe Beasthead’s sound as ambient, although that’s one component – “Tallest Trees” is more of a continually evolving soundscape. Their music’s effect is like taking in visual art; much like looking at a fine painting, their music doesn’t require constant involvement on the listener’s part, he/she can hang in the background and simply add to the atmosphere, but this particular atmosphere is rife with sonic richness.

There’s a silky texture to the vocals and instruments as they thread around each other and finally intertwine. While at times it sounds a little disintegrated, more listens reveal simple, delicate loops that give way to fainter and shadowy works.

Beasthead is comprised of Harry Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Doug Deitchler (guitar, synth, percussion), Nick Whebbe (guitar) and Paul Novak (bass).

There are five tracks on this EP and “Numbers” and “Louder” were my favorites. Local rapper Dem Atlas is a guest vocalist on “Different Son.”

As much as I really like “Tallest Trees,” there’s just one thing I didn’t like: I am not a fan of autotuning vocals. At the beginning of “Numbers” you’ll hear Reynolds’ voice and in my opinion, it doesn’t need any affecting. Like I said, it’s just my opinion.

I recommend you buy “Tallest Trees,” listen, experience and repeat.

The EP is available online; hard copies of “Tallest Trees” will be available for free at Beasthead’s live shows.

Crimes (MN) – “Thin Sunlight”

Thin Sunlight Cover

Review by Christine Mlodzik

On Crimes (MN)’s new album “Thin Sunlight,” the band has married a combination of sounds, that on paper, none of which seems like it should belong together, yet it all works in simpatico. Continue reading

Gospel Gossip – Self-Titled

Gospel Gossip

Review by Christine Mlodzik

After a three year lag, Gospel Gossip has returned with a new self-titled album. It’s a woozy dreamworld which threatens to swallow up the listener, but it’s unlikely anyone will resist being pulled in. Continue reading

The Fairlead “Long Flight Home”


Review by Christine Mlodzik

“Long Flight Home” is the first full-length album by The Fairlead. Each of the 10 songs averages six to eight minutes long, yet organically ebb and flow into one another. The music is ambient, listenable and easily blends in with the listener’s background.

The first track, “Halestorm,” sets the tone, creating a dreamy, ethereal atmosphere. This album is predominantly instrumental; the first of the sparse vocals aren’t heard until the third track, “Head Heart Hands,” and then again only briefly afterwards. 

At the halfway mark, “Intermission” surprises with a short, yet tender, piano piece. “Solitude” will make your ears perk up as it’s more guitar-centric and more uptempo than the other tracks. “Reprise” ends the album, but begins where “Intermission” left off.

As we come to the end of dark and cold winter days, “Long Flight Home” is the soundtrack to usher in the light and warmth of spring.