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Now Hear This: December edition

Ambient metal, spaced-out hip-hop, Holiday and Young covers, and a Nigerian comp

Now Hear This is a monthly column that scours the pages of music distributor Bandcamp, looking for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. This time around, that includes ambient metal, spaced-out hip-hop, Holiday and Young covers, a Nigerian comp, and plenty more–just in time for Bandcamp’s last Fee Free First Friday of 2020.

Cosmic Surveillance: Volume 1

The cover of this new cassette by Joel Shanahan’s project Cosmic Surveillance looks to be a photo of people milling about on the seaside. But when paired with the luscious ambient music on this album, it begins to feel more like a mass exodus into the unknown. A willing departure from this mortal coil into a soft haze where body and soul are nourished and kept warm by the sound of billowing synth melodies and massaging drones.

M. Ward: Think of Spring

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Now Hear This: September edition

Rock lifers and PDX Pop, vintage country and moody drones, urgent hip-hop and more

Now Hear This is a monthly column that scours the pages of music distributor Bandcamp, looking for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. This time around, that includes some new tunes from rock lifers, a pair of diverse and dynamic compilations, and urgent hip-hop–just in time for Bandcamp’s next Fee Free First Friday.

Pete Krebs, All My Friends Are Ghosts

Singer-songwriter Pete Krebs is one of Portland’s most beloved musical sons, carving out a unique niche that has allowed him to explore everything from gypsy jazz to vintage country. On his latest album, he leans toward the latter with a lived-in collection of tunes exploring life’s ephemerality, the joy found in nature, and other simple pleasures. For someone who hasn’t released an album under his own name in nearly two decades, Krebs sounds like he hasn’t lost a step.

Various Artists, PDX Pop Now! Vol. 17

In a better world, Portland’s music lovers would have capped off the summer with PDX Pop Now!–the free, all ages festival that has been a fixture of the city’s concert calendar since 2004. The event couldn’t take place this year, but the team behind it has still graced our ears with a new double-CD compilation of fine local music. As ever, the latest installment runs the gamut from hip-hop (Eastern Sunz, The Dutchess), future pop (Jan Julius, Courtney Noe), heavy rock (Mane of the Cur, Mare), and a ton of indie rock. For a quick temperature check on the state of Portland music ca. 2020, you can do no better than this. 

Death Parade, lost in her eyes

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