Subscribe



Music Reviews: June 2017

The latest from Arbouretum and Michael Nau.

Lydia Woolever - June 2017

Music Reviews: June 2017

The latest from Arbouretum and Michael Nau.

Lydia Woolever - June 2017

-Arbouretum

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

JUNE-2017-MUSIC-REVIEWS-ARBOURETUM-ART.jpg#asset:44151

Arbouretum

Song of the Rose (Thrill Jockey)

All hail Arbouretum. The nearly 15-year-old Baltimore rock band is back after a four-year hiatus, and this new album only adds to the group’s celebrated canon of sound. Across eight tracks, the local quartet carries on its trademark mix of classic rock, elaborate jams, and baroque folk founded in sludgy tempos and searing guitar. Be it a thunderous anthem or low, lilting ballad, each song winds its way through the labyrinthine lyrics of frontman Dave Heumann (with an assist from unofficial bandmate Rob Wilson), who ruminates like a poet philosopher. Tackling heady topics like mythology and nature, the album is a sort of psychedelic meditation, pushing and pulling you through the motion of its heavy, hypnotic melodies. Listen, contemplate, explore—each song is a thick forest worthy of getting lost in.


JUNE-2017-MUSIC-REVIEWS-MICHAEL-NAU-ART.jpg#asset:44152

Michael Nau

Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze)

Dreamy and introspective, this music is made for the hazy days of summer. Cumberland native Michael Nau follows up his 2016 solo debut with a velvety suite of vintage-tinged tunes that radiate like a reverie. The indie songwriter, formerly of local bands Page France and Cotton Jones, is known for his tender vocals and nostalgic folk sound, infused with a gentle country twang and the golden shimmer of ’60s soul and pop. Lush and layered, these 12 tracks are simple and lovely at their core—a jangle of tambourine here, a swell of steel guitar there, the perfect heart-punch of piano. At times, he even sounds like the luminous lovechild of Kurt Vile and Harvest Moon Neil Young. Add him to your warm weather playlist and spread good vibes all dog-day afternoon.




You May Also Like


Arts & Culture

Alice McDermott Talks About Latest Novel The Ninth Hour

The award-winning writer and Johns Hopkins professor discusses her inspiration and process.

Arts District

Michael Reilly Perfects the Art of Puppetry for Lion King Production

Behind the strings of the hit broadway musical coming to The Hippodrome.


Arts District

New Exhibit Brings Modern Edge to Maryland Historical Society

David Brewster uses art to depict topics of race, gender, and environment.

Arts & Culture

Book Reviews: November 2017

The latest from Alice McDermott and Rafael Alvarez.

MaxSpace

Review: Mudbound

Exploring the resilient spirit and dark underbelly of the Jim Crow South, Dee Rees has created a new American classic

-Arbouretum

Connect With Us

Most Read


The Most Festive, Family-Friendly Holiday Events : From bright lights to dancing sugar plum fairies, enjoy these kid-friendly happenings.

RavenBeer Moves From Peabody Heights to DuClaw Brewing in Rosedale: Owner Stephen Demczuk says relocations is "good business move."

Urban Axes Will Bring Hatchet-Throwing and Beer to Highlandtown : Coming in 2018, new space encourages beginners to try axe-throwing.


Bloomberg Donates $5 Million to Baltimore Police To Combat Violence: The BPD will receive new technology including additional cameras, license plate readers, and gunshot detection software.