Erin Durant's stunning second album Islands, produced by TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone, is a full, carefully arranged epic that has drawn comparisons to Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, and Julie Byrne. It's a sprawling, full album featuring varied instrumentation and overarching narratives with Erin's strong, clear voice cutting through.
Secret Weapon is Australian songwriter Jo Schornikow (and keyboardist inPhosphorescent)’s stunning label debut. It’s a devastatingly beautiful indie-popalbum that eddies into dreamy nooks, while staying firmly rooted in strong melodies.It’s a quiet record, adorned with subtle swells of synths and shimmering washes ofguitars.Jo’s calm, assured voice is that of a touring musician who’s spent much of the past10 years on the road in Phosphorescent and The Shivers and is now very much athome in this world. She’s been the secret weapon to other songwriters, but nowshe’s stepping out and sharing these gorgeous songs. While her partner MatthewHouck’s band Phosphorescent carves a wide swath through cosmic country, Jo’ssongs thrive in a dusk-lit territory neighboring pop, shoegaze, and ambientexperimental music. These are very much folk songs, but translated through thetools Jo Schornikow has at hand.