It’s been almost a decade since Australian singer-songwriter Mia Dyson decamped to America and started carving out a foothold in that toughest of landscapes. Now she’s doubled down on her long-held fascination with the States’ rich musical heritage by recording her sixth album at Portside Sound in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and roping in not only Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner to produce (alongside Dyson’s longstanding drummer Erin Sidney) but also figures like legendary local bassist David Hood and former The Civil Wars mainstay John Paul White to bring her vision to life.
Lights Out Asia came from the ashes of Wisconsin post-rock group Aurora Rein. Two of it's members, Chris Schafer and Mike Ystad, started to create music in their free time that was less 'rock', utilized more electronic elements, and had a greater depth of emotion. These songs became Light Out Aisa's debut album Garmonia. A debut that was in its day a solidly fleshed out blueprint of the music they are still making over 9 years later. LEFT OF THE DIAL called the album “stunning”, Taste Like Chicken said “Garmonia is a middle-of-the-night car ride soundtrack”. Highly, highly recommended!
After two albums with singer Jack Bruce, Robin Trower brought back original vocalist James Dewar for his 1983 release Back It Up. Longtime fans surely hoped for another Bridge of Sighs, but by this time the songwriting had been reduced to pedestrian hard rock, with only occasional flashes of the old cosmic brilliance. Both "The River" and "Benny Dancer" have some of the old edge, and the instrumental "Island" is one of the most beautiful songs Trower ever did. Unfortunately, however, this record was ignored by the old fans (many of whom were now busy starting families and toting briefcases), and it was hard for him to win over a new audience when haircut bands like Culture Club flooded both the radio and the latest media sensation – MTV.