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Best of 2020 (so far)

2020’s been a hell of a year, and one that doesn’t feel like definitive statements do it justice. Still, no matter how many seismic changes have occurred during the year, the music has been a source of solace and inspiration. The fact that so many artists have had their livelihoods upended gives it a slightly sour note, especially for some that may have been working years to let these statements out into the world. Keep hitting the Bandcamp revenue shares to support artists and labels directly. If you need some suggestions there’s quite a few below. Keep in mind that ‘best’ is by no means definitive, but these are some of my favorites. We all know that Run The Jewels hits hard, but someone else is gonna tell you about it better than I ever could. Still lots to look forward to musically in the second half, but the first part of the year has been a bounty to be sure.

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Rhyton

Redshift is a pretty solid step forward for Rhyton. The NY trio have always had the noise and tangled weave of psych down solid, but now they’re letting in their sound breathe, the experimental impulses creep up and the personal passions sink in. For a lot of band’s that can be the time when things get bloated, but for Rhyton its like finding the missing piece of the puzzle. They scramble down the same alleyways as Sir Richard Bishop, chasing fingerpicked psych narratives, obsessing over alternate tunings and finding solace in cherished instruments of the past. Hell that’s just the opener. Elsewhere they let Shuford blow things into country territory, with his bar-stool folk twisted on a twang and feeling completely off the cuff. They devolve into psych breakdowns and draw out the inner cosmic demons through noise explorations.

On paper that sounds like it might be all over the place, but on record it flows by like scenery; rolling and jagging and changing by the minute. Its country psych, but with the heart of an experimental guitar head. Redshift causes the listener to forget that this is the sound of just three players, feeling like there have to be at least a few other hands in the mix somewhere. Then they blow it all down on a Joe Walsh cover, making “Turn To Stone” feel fresh and a seamless part of their burnt sienna wonderland. The band has always been ambitious, but they’ve never succeeded quite like this. It looks good on them.



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Rhyton – “End of Ambivalence”

Rhyton rides again and its sounding as sunburned and tangled as ever. The Brooklyn trio includes RSTB fave Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer, No-Neck Blues Band, Coach Fingers) along with Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills, Black Dirt Oak) and Rob Smith (Pigeons) all laying down a gnarled path of guitar that saunters down some of the same lanes that Sir Richard Bishop, Rangda and D. Charles himself have found themselves lost on these past couple of years. There’s a nervy and dangerous quality that lurks just beneath the surface and Rhyton deploy mystique and atmosphere with the same deft quality as they dish out technical prowess. Though the mind is rarely thinking about the complexities of the track when its got as much movement and finesse as “End of Ambivalence.” Just a taste of an album on the way towards the end of the month and from the sounds of it its going to be worth the wait.




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