Now Hear This: February edition

Delicate synths and deconstructed metal, Quadraphonnes and quarantined overdubs

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 Quadraphonnes and quarantined overdubs, delicate synths and deconstructed metal, moody rap and all-ages kids music, and plenty more–just in time for Bandcamp’s first Fee Free First Friday of 2021.

Omni Gardens, Divine Mother

Steve Rosborough, the man behind Moon Glyph Records, starts off the new year with a glistening shower of delicate synth waves and quietly blooming guitar work. The backdrop to your next half-hour break for meditation, self-reflection, or staring into space when you’re feeling berserk.  

YoungShirtMayne, Luke EP

Fulfilling the promise of “Bounce”–last year’s J Hixson-produced grinder, featuring a fierce guest turn from KayelaJ–rapper YoungShirtMayne offers up a sampler platter of heaters that spotlights his ability to meet the mood of whatever beat he’s working with. Over SxLxMxN’s splashy psych out, Mayne is all swagger and jazz. With the adult contemporary funk laid down by Plivbeats on “Summer Love,” he brings contemplation and longing.