Yowler – Black Dog In My Path (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Yowler-Black_Dog_In_My_Path-(DDW053)-CD-FLAC-2018-HOUND
Artist: Yowler
Album: Black Dog In My Path
Genre: Folk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:38:00
Size: 204.18 MB

Jones’ first release under the moniker Yowler, a 2015 Double Double Whammy-released cassette (and later LP), The Offer, is a wintery cold reflection on unwanted change, sadness, and the facing down of the realities of loneliness and mental unrest. The songs are somehow quiet even when the instrumentation builds, and clear, even when there is a hazy quality to the recordings. This is likely due to Jones’ voice, which is at once soft and penetrating, warm and distant, and which floats assuredly among the woven arrangement of guitars, synths and harmonies surrounding it. Yowler’s newest album, Black Dog in My Path, expands on these sounds, while exploring past unexplored territory of heavier fuzzy guitars, full band arrangements, and genre-bending tendencies; all this without losing the marked intimacy Jones found in the warmth and delicateness of The Offer.

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Wild Colonials – Fruit Of Life (1994) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Wild_Colonials-Fruit_Of_Life-CD-FLAC-1994-FLACME
Artist: Wild Colonials
Album: Fruit Of Life
Genre: Rock
Year: 1994
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:56:07
Size: 310.59 MB

The Wild Colonials’ debut record, Fruit of Life, is an inventive pastiche of a variety of folk and pop influences. The melodies and arrangements occasionally echo 10,000 Maniacs; Angela McCluskey’s husky vocals recall the throaty excesses of the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray. But what sets this Scottish quartet apart is the rich virtuosity of Paul Cantelon’s gypsy fiddling. His violin lends urgency and drama to the (many) larger-than-life, minor-key epic ballads, and ethnic flair to the upbeat folky foot-tappers. Producer Tchad Blake demonstrates a great sensitivity to the many colors in the Colonials’ instrumental palette (didgeridoo, piano, tin whistle, cello, and richly textured percussion).

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Utopia – Utopia (1989) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Utopia-Utopia-CD-FLAC-1989-FLACME
Artist: Utopia
Album: Utopia
Genre: Rock
Year: 1989
Tracks: 15
Duration: 00:48:46
Size: 325.07 MB

Utopia followed Swing to the Right, their first album for Elektra subsidiary Network, a mere six months after, dubbing the new album Utopia. Presumably, an eponymous release signaled a new beginning for the group, which is true to a certain extent. Utopia finally became a true collective here, with each member’s contributions sounding remarkably similar, in performance and composition. Very few tunes bear an unmistakable Rundgren stamp, and even when they do, it’s been processed into a signature Utopia sound — the first time they could truly be said to have a sound of their own. Strangely, this happens on an album where the group makes a self-conscious effort to sound contemporary, dressing in new wave gear for the cover shoot while molding the music after synthesized new wave pop. Granted, that quirkiness masks a fairly traditional set of Utopia arena pop, yet these songs wind up as the most consistent album in the group’s catalog — which is saying a lot, considering that the album spreads over three sides. Utopia rarely sags in momentum, and even the weaker songs aren’t far removed from the stronger material, highlighted by “Bad Little Actress,” “Hammer in My Heart,” “Princess of the Universe,” and the excellent single “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” They had their moments before, but Utopia is where the band finally made a thoroughly enjoyable record; too bad they couldn’t extend it through their final two records.

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