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Album Review: Impulsive Hearts – Cry All The Time

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A song whose chorus is, ‘It seems like everything runs on repeat’ could be a little too on-the-nose as a covid-era track, but it suits our current times so well that it comes as a relief to learn that it was finished pre-pandemic, not to mention the album it’s the lead single from. Say hello …

SPURNING a promising career in acting is beginning to look like a good move for Chicago baroque-pop artist Bryan Away. With his third single, “Dreams And Circumstance”, out now, followed by an album early next month, it’s time we embraced a songsmith of great talent. The singer-songwriter born Elliott Korte came to music relatively late; …

TAKE one of the finest and most intuitive leftfield-into-indie jazz rhythm sections of past decades, Chicago drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Joshua Abrams, who between them amass waay over a couple hundred performance credits to their name on Discogs: for artists such as the Chicago Underground Trio and all its various spiralling iterations, Brokeback, Sam …

WHEN Chicago rhythm section masters Chad Taylor and Joshua Abrams get together to play, you know the results will be intelligent, off-kilter, crisp; intuitive. The pair have worked together in the engine room on so, so many great and cred records down the past coupla decades, including for the Chicago Underground Trio and all its …

BRYAN AWAY is how Chicago’s Elliott Korte finally and shyly comes to the world of a music with a rather tasty take on acoustic-driven baroque pop. We fell a little bit hard for his first single, “The Lake”, at the beginning of the month, noting it as being “a dusky beauty, piano-led, graceful, the kinda …

COME gather round, lovers of finely nuanced music, for the new sound of Chicago. Elliot Korte means this music. No jobbing careerist him, seeking a life of cars ‘n’ girls; and when you’ve heard the beauty of his latest single, “The Lake”, if you have a heart beating blood-red in your chest, you should be …

IF YOU’RE at all a follower of the Chicago music scene that erupted in so many directions back at the turn of the century, then the rhythmic adepts Chad Taylor and Joshua Abrams will probably need no introduction; given how, they were so deeply woven into intelligent, seminal albums by the Chicago Underground Trio and all its various …

AXIS: SOVA began, as many excellent bands do, as a means to a gigging end (see similarly colonised TEKE::TEKE over at Kill Rock Stars, for example). Brett, the Sova of the equation, was watching his previous outfit Mass Shivers enter its death throes – we’re talking back in 2009 here; and having been offered an opening …

TAKE one of the finest and most intuitive leftfield jazz rhythm sections of past decades, Chicago drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Joshua Abrams, who between them amass waay over a couple hundred performance credits to their name on Discogs for artists such as the Chicago Underground Trio and all its various spiralling iterations, Brokeback, Sam …

In hip hop, a sample can sometimes lead you on an unexpected journey. Rashid Hadee’s first box of vinyl records came from his uncle. The Chicago rapper and producer discovered the box in a closet, and decided to listen to the LPs, one by one, and create beats from what he found. Hadee’s uncle was …