Jody Wisternoff Trails We Blaze- (Anjunadeep)
Soulful, sexy, warm and seductive sounds with just the right amount of funky surprises—Jody Wisternoff knows what he’s doing and you can hear it on Trails We Blaze. A veteran of more than two decades of electronic music—best known as half of Way Out West with Nick Warren—Wisternoff’s first solo offering is a fantastic success for the mature house-music set. Vocalists Pete Josef and Jonathan Mendelsohn also join in with multiple appearances. ★★★★★
Ambient Electronic Pop
Emma Hewitt Burn the Sky Down (Armada)
Dance music darling Emma Hewitt steps out from the shadows of collaborations with Dash Berlin and Cosmic Gate. On her debut LP, Hewitt’s ethereal vocals now reach beyond her usual trance confines with additional lush darkness and beauty while still retaining the powerful emotion for which she’s known. Teaming up with producer Lee Groves, standouts include “Colours,” “Miss You Paradise,” and “Crucify,” plus a bonus offering with Dash Berlin on “Like Spinning Plates.” ★★★★☆
Garbage Not Your Kind of People (Stun Volume)
Sure, it’s been seven years since Garbage’s last album. But thanks to the group’s ability to remain ahead of its time by incorporating electronic elements before it was the norm, the latest album is appropriately relevant, and it successfully avoids sounding like a dated act clinging to waning fame. Garbage is as strong as ever with a solid offering. The only minor hiccup is “Blood for Poppies,” which seems to channel “Shut Your Mouth” from 2001. It’s still enjoyable, and Garbage is a welcome return to the music world. ★★★★☆
Upcoming albums on Deanna’s radar...
JUNE 19: For those in need of some heart-wrenching tunes—and fans of the movie Once—the film’s star, singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, debuts his solo album Rhythm and Repose. If the first single, “Philander,” is any indication, the CD won’t disappoint; he opens for Eddie Vedder at the Pearl on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Fiona Apple is at it again with another lengthy album title, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. JULY 17: Appropriately titled Delayed Reaction, ’90s alt-rockers Soul Asylum return for their first release in six years. SEPT. 11: Speaking of long-awaited releases, lo-fi indie sweetheart Cat Power hasn’t had an LP of originals since ’06; you have a few more months to go before she drops Sun.