Review: Spanish outfit Pajaro Sunrise resurfaces after The Collapse of 2016 with nine fresh tracks that once more draw upon Latin-tinged styles of synth pop, acoustic folk and indie-electronica. A romantic album for sure, its numbers like "Now Everything Makes Sense" and "Home" are the most affecting, the latter especially, with a dancefloor hit for the indie club to be found in "Leave The Rubbish Out". With other acoustic and pop numbers plotted elsewhere, the album comes together like a jam session between Phil Collins, Matias Aguayo and The Juan Maclean with cameos from Roy Orbison and Jose Gonzalez. Andale.
Review: Last spotted cavorting with his Nirvana-covering side project Blue Mode and previous operating as Kid Costa, killer flautist and composer Chip Wickham (real name Roger) delivers his debut LP on Lovemonk. Ranging from gentle wave lapping spiritualism of tracks such as "Tokyo Slow Mo" and the cinematic "Pushed Too Far" to much more frenetic, energetic cuts like "Le Leyenda Del Tiempo" by way of funkier, lolloping grooves like "The Detour", it's a beautiful, vibrant snapshot of Wickham's skills that will grow as the months get warmer. Stunning.