After a brief hiatus, Fortnight Finds returns. This time, we’re highlighting a world-tour of a funk jam album out of Belgian, some good old-fashioned guitar riffs from Singapore and some positive emo from St. Louis.
Azmari - Samā'ī
Meant in the most generous way, Azmari’s full-length debut Samā'ī is the result of far, far too much time spent on the internet and in the “World Music” section of various record stores. Taking their band name from traditional Ethiopian musician-storytellers and the album name from a common rhythm in Arabic music, Azmari is a group of Belgian dudes taking all of their musical obsessions and putting them in a blender. The result is a wonderfully groove-filled journey that cribs heavily from the Ethiopian jazz greats, funk, rock and more. Listen on Bandcamp:
american poetry club - do you believe in your heart!?
In the interest of full disclosure, american poetry club is a band composed entirely of people I know from college and generally think of as nice, cool folks. That being said, the fact the groups heart-achingly earnest, odes to doing your best and finding your way with your friends have been highlighted by music journalists who don’t even tangentially know the members, so I feel more than confident including them here. If the concept of radically positive emo sounds interesting to you, give do you believe in your heart!? a listen or two. Listen on Bandcamp:
Subsonic Eye - Nature of Things
If nothing else, come to Nature of Things for the riffs. Singapore rockers Subsonic Eye know their way around a guitar line, and every song on this album contains at least one gem of a six-string melody. If that makes everything sound a little too complicated for your taste, know that those riffs are also used to support immensely fun, propulsive rock jams. Listen on Bandcamp:
Mica Levi - Blue Alibi
On a very surface, more than slightly uncharitable level, Mica Levi’s Blue Alibi is kind of a cliche of a 2010s King Krule-style gloomcore indie album, which a slightly pretentious way of saying that there a lot of very moody guitars and even moodier lyrics. But give it an honest listen and you’ll find something genuinely worth your time: The guitars are gloomy, sure, but the effects are cleverly layered, the melodies are absorbingly foggy, and though the vocals can lean a little heavy into the angst, there is more than enough going on to make this a compelling listen. Listen on Bandcamp: