Tim Hecker - "Virgins"

The world of experimental ambient music is a small one, and yet Montreal’s Tim Hecker has built a unique name for himself as one of the pioneers of this constantly evolving scene. His newest release, “Virgins,” trades in some of the hovering synthesizers of his previous work for an actual chamber orchestra, and the resulting album is a haunting yet beautiful expanse of sounds that serves as an ideal introductio...

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Bill Callahan - Dream River

Autumn is officially underway, and what better way to enjoy a cool Colorado afternoon than with modern cowboy Bill Callahan’s excellent new album, Dream River? The artist formerly known as Smog has grown into one of the most subtlely adventurous songwriters working today, and his unique mix of pastoral Americana and poignant, self-deprecating poetry make an ideal choice for 1190’s CD of the Month for October. ...

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Califone - "Stitches"

There are few artists with a discography as consistently brilliant as Califone. Since the dissolve of the Chicago roots-garage group Red Red Meat in the late 90's, Tim Rutili and company have been producing folk music as Califone, blending electronic soundscaping, tape manipulations, and open-tuned guitars into profound and undeniably American music.   Their newest release, "Stitches", sees Rutili stepping...

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Fuck Buttons - "Slow Focus"

If anything could mark the trends we’ve seen in music throughout the 21st century, it would be the rise of electronica, and an increasing obsession with sonic intensity. Though many artists use these qualities purely for the purpose of moving bodies, Bristol’s Fuck Buttons have something far more complex in mind. By using house music as a jumping off point for their noisier experiments, Fuck Buttons have created ...

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Smith Westerns - "Soft Will"

As the calendar flips through the summer months at an unseemly rate, we must remember to enjoy these leisurely days before they’re gone, and Smith Westerns’ new album “Soft Will” epitomizes this mindset more than any album the band has released yet. Continuing their tradition of laid back pop gems, “Soft Will” finds the band in a more wistful mood than ever, with hooks that seem like they’re practically...

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