Music Mondays: Jean-Michel Blais, Loreena McKennitt, and illuminati hotties


Jean-Michel Blais, Loreena McKennitt, and illuminati hotties

Hello again everyone. I’m running on maybe an hour’s worth of sleep from last night, so this week’s examination of Jean-Michel Blais, Loreena McKennitt, and illuminati hotties will be brief.

Jean-Michel Blais: Dans Ma Mains

Jean-Michel Blais: Dans Ma Mains

Quebec pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais released his third album entitled Dans Ma Mains. It’s a classical album focusing primarily on his piano work. The vocals are limited to the final track which allows the primary focus to remain on Blais’ gentle, yet engaging arrangements. It’s a relaxing album.

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Loreena McKennitt: Lost Souls

Loreena McKennitt: Lost Souls

Sticking with the Canada connection, Loreena McKennitt released her tenth studio album (the first in since 2010), Lost Souls. It seems like forever ago that I fell in love with The Mask and Mirror’s The Bonny Swans. Her musical style is dubbed “World”, but it’s always struck me as primarily Celtic with a few other countries’ native styles sprinkled in. I suppose that’s why it feels like her albums hint at something more ancient and primal. Lost Souls is no different. The songs, drawn together from various musical bits and bobs, span three decades worth of inspiration.

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illuminati hotties: Kiss Yr Frenemies

illuminati hotties: Kiss Yr Frenemies

Take the soundtrack from one of those late 50s/early 60s carefree beach movies, smash it against a wall of sound from early CBGB neo-punk pioneers, and distill it all through a modern day 24 year old’s filter. That’s what you get from Sarah Tudzin’s (AKA illuminati hotties) Kiss Yr Frenemies. A graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Tudzin wasn’t planning to release a debut album. so much as an audio business card to showcase her studio production work. However, as with most happy accidents, inspiration took over and Kiss Yr Frenemies was born. As catchy as this album can be, there are enough lyrical and sonic layers that the album does better with repeated listens. So far, this is 2018’s Soundtrack of Summer.

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