John Smith - The Fray

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 3/29/2021 to Music
John Smith - The Fray
A new album from John Smith pretty much guarantees something worth your time. His new album "The Fray" is no exception. The British singer/songwriter shows his signature warm vocals and a nice acoustic touch. Then, add guest performers of Bill Frisell, Lisa Hannigan and Sarah Jarosz to enhance the album even further. Purchased in FLAC at 7digital Canada, but available for streaming on Tidal as well.

Søren Bebe Trio

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 1/30/2021 to Music
Søren Bebe Trio

If you're a fan of piano jazz trios, look no further than the Søren Bebe Trio. Søren Bebe leads this trio in a style that is very reminiscent of European jazz stars such as Tord Gustavsen (a personal favourite for many years) and the late Esbjörn Svensson. All the albums are worth your consideration as they not only feature great music, but are also superbly recorded.  You can find them at https://sorenbebe.bandcamp.com/ with the albums available in CD quality or 24/96 FLAC. A few are available for your enjoyment on TIDAL, but these albums are definitely worth owning. Enjoy!

William Prince - Reliever

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 12/28/2020 to Music
William Prince - Reliever
Picked this up at Zunior.com's Boxing Day Sale and it's a winner for sure. William Prince, from Winnipeg, has been on the rise since his debut album in 2015 which won the 2017 Juno for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and was nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. After seeing him years ago at the Regina Folk Festival, it was obvious he had the talent to succeed in this difficult business, and it's great to see his talent shine in this album.

You can buy this on Zunior.com in FLAC for $8.88. Note: it won't say it anywhere, but the album is 24/96. Incredible price for this quality.  Find it here: https://zunior.com/products/william-prince-reliever

Luke Sital-Singh - New Haze (EP)

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 9/13/2020 to Music
Luke Sital-Singh - New Haze (EP)
Luke Sital-Singh has become a recent favourite and his New Haze (EP) is a great introduction if you're not familiar. Formerly from the U.K., Luke has recently moved to L.A. and this EP comprises a different collaboration for each of its four tracks. All tracks are superb, but in particular the song "Skin of a Fool", a collaboration with John Smith is just incredible. Listening to this Americana/folk singer-songwriter shows the heights music can reach via a great artist with minimal instrumentation and production. His voice just grabs you and is haunting in a well balanced system. If you like this, his 2019 album "A Golden State" is highly recommended as well. Also watch his AudioTree Live performance on YouTube.

Find this EP on Tidal here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/128397547

Malia/Boris Blank - Convergence

Posted by Neil Gelowitz on 8/23/2020 to Music
Malia/Boris Blank - Convergence

An album you'll hear at HiFi Shows, but up until now, hard to find in Canada. "Convergence" has just recently been made available for Canadian streaming on Tidal. The combination of Malia and Boris Blank is unique. Malia provides vocals that are reminiscent of a less raspy Molly Johnson and Boris Blank, who many will recognize from Yello, provides the electronic backbone of this album. Expect Malia's voice to be dead-center and Boris provides a huge sonic landscape as you would expect with sonorous bass suited to very full range systems.

Find it on Tidal here: https://tidal.com/browse/album/25029965

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