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Fatesealer

Florida

fatesealer.bandcamp.com

Fatesealer servers up experimental punk. They don’t fit neatly inside a punk genre, instead pulling out chugging guitars and emotional lyrics when they feel like a song calls for it. Florida is an intriguing journey down a musical rabbit hole.

– Nikki Hedrick

For the Fall

For the Fall

Independent

Dothan, Alabama rock band hits with full force. Melodic hard rock paves the way on their debut EP, which features a prominent guest spot from Brett Hestla. For the Fall has emerged with a full idea of who they want to be and how they want to sound. Look for them to keep making waves and a name for themselves along the Gulf Coast rock scene.

– Nikki Hedrick

Anthony Hamilton

What I’m Feelin’

RCA Records

Hamilton is an earnest benchmark that true soul music is still being produced. What is earnest soul? It’s something you just slow down and feel, because the artist reveals a part of himself to the world. It’s that experience when music becomes intimate—an expression of an artist’s truth. Hamilton is a master at honest music that’s a joy to listen to.

– Nikki Hedrick

Hiromi

Spark

Concord Music

Japanese pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara describes herself as having “big ears,” meaning she’s open to any and all influences. Her latest starts off with a modest, Spanish-flavored tinkling, then leaps headlong into a wall of sound that summoned up vintage ELP. That’s only one place she goes, though; the nine-track album slips away in many directions. Hiromi is famous for her speedy abandon, but here she seems to focus on taking her time—witness the bluesy strut on “Indulgence” and the soaring romance of “Take Me Away.” She just may have visited New Orleans recently.

– Bruce Collier

Lapsley

Long Way Home

XL Recordings

Adele and Enya had a baby and they named it Lapsley. The barely legal singer nails it on “Hurt Me,” and the rest isn’t far behind. A remarkable debut.

– Chris Manson

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Django and Willie

Sony Legacy

The late great Hag brought out the best in his old pal on this 2015 collection of standards new and not-so-new. Willie sounds more into it than he has on the last half-dozen albums he’s dropped, though it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the guy’s recorded output these days. Highlights include a lively pass at Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “It’s All Gone to Pot,” a sorta-novelty that delights even after a dozen listens.

– Chris Manson

Sway Jah Vu

In the Company of Wolves

swayjahvu.com

If you’re a fan of reggae, you celebrated when Sway Jah Vu splashed onto stages across the region. But this band is about more than pure reggae, as they bring in elements of soul, rock and funk for an irresistible fusion. This EP captures the vibrancy and heart of the group, lighting the way for their continued success.

– Nikki Hedrick

Miles Ahead (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Legacy

Who knows when or if Don Cheadle’s movie Miles Ahead, which opened in wide release April 1, will ever come around here? Meantime, savor director-writer-star Cheadle as Miles Davis via this 24-track album, featuring original music, dialogue and contributions by Robert Glasper, Taylor Eigsti and Pharoahe Monch. This may not have been the intent of the record producers, but you could do worse if you wanted a sampler, sort of a Miles Flight to whet your appetite for a bigger serving. With bites from Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Nefertiti and others, who wouldn’t get hungry for more?

– Bruce Collier
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