Album Review: Jonathan Hultén — “Chants From Another Place”

Illuminated only by the stars in the night sky, a spirit dances out of a forest to guide you on a mystical journey through barren valleys, sparkling waters, and quiet mountain tops.  Jonathan Hultén‘s latest work of art and debut solo studio album, Chants From Another Place, brings listeners to magical places on an adventure filled with darkness, hopes, dreams, life, death, and rebirth.  The album is full of emotion and rises and falls in gentle cascading currents. Continue reading

Profile: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat

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Upon each new release from Canada’s Thrawsunblat, the band are no strangers to multiple coverage opportunities and for good reason; their output is always top-notch. For their latest, IV: Great Brunswick Forest, we recently featured an interview of the band (spoiler: the answers were as wildly entertaining as the surprising acoustic direction of said album) and are still spinning IV regularly around these halls. Joel Violette was kind enough to return once more to answer our set of Profile questions in which we dive into beginnings, Bandcamp, positivity, new material and so much more. If you haven’t heard the album yet, hit the embedded stream and by all means click the links below to get a copy of this album in your hands. Without further delay, head inside to see what Joel had to say. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Richard Thompson – “Still”


Rainbows in the Dark is, somehow, new territory for me. But it isn’t often that I get to discuss my appreciation for folk rock through Nine Circles, and given the gap in the Sunday schedule, I decided now was a good time to cover one of my favorite musicians, Richard Thompson. Full disclosure, this is not a new release, well… not really. Still is Mr. Thompson’s most recent effort, dropping June 29th of last year. However, it wasn’t until I was given this album as a gift this past holiday season that I really sat down and began to appreciate it. And I gotta say, given the fact that Richard Thompson has been consistently active since 1967, it’s an impressive collection that proves he is still one of the masters of the folk rock universe.

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