I was worried a couple years ago when Chris Schlarb, the band/cult-leader of the Psychic Temple, told me he was going in a more folk/pop direction in the next album. I was doing a lot of juggling of balls back then when I was hosting Schlarb's show in San Antonio in 2014 in support of his solo album, Making the Saint, but I'm not sure if Pet Sounds entered into the conversation (which if it did, is a bit of a shame, since I had woefully yet to hear the album back then). Nevertheless, vocals were mentioned, something a little less familiar was around the corner. This was said in the midst of him embarking across the country on his own, experimenting with what the results of touring can be, putting himself out there as an artist and a businessman, and revealing his talent as a guitarist, craftsman, vocalists, and teepee builder (though his psychic temple, the frame in front of which he performed his solo shows, seemed more half a teepee, more a teepee). This work seemed foundational to the work that he would bring to the rest of his band in III, the aptly named third release from Chris Schlarb and the Psychic Temple.
In a display that largely plays out like an iTunes visualization, trumpeter Adam Meckler and his quintet roll out the new video for "One Creaking Birch Tree" off Meckler's new album, Wander. It's an album of post-bop swirliness that's certainly off this era, coasting along on Midwestern charm. It's a steady ride with mostly lengthy compositions that involve a lot of hunkering down. Check out the video for "One Creaking Birch Tree" after the jump.
Nomade Orquestra is a Sao Paolo-based collective making music that pulls from jazz, funk, and hip-hop to build a cinematic feel. The term 'cinematic' is tossed around for a lot of music, but just go ahead and listen to "Bedum" and don't picture a chase scene in a spy movie. The musician credits aren't listed on the band's bandcamp page, but expect to hear groove-heavy drums and basslines coupled with a solid horn frontline, Wurlitzers, Rhodes pianos, and organs, guitar, and the odd sample or scratching from a DJ. Judging from the photo on the band's website, there seem to be ten people involved here.