Electrix & Chill Edition: Jonas Munk, Mark McGuire, Gia Margaret & Ezra Feinberg

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Jonas Munk: Minimum Resistance

Let’s take things down a notch or two … or maybe a full order of magnitude. I think we could all use a little relaxation music, no? This week’s set is filled with some wonderful electronica vibes guaranteed to lower your heart rate. Minimmum Resistance is a perfectly named album out back in the winter (he must’ve known we’d need it) from Jonas Munk. Munk has many sides as the guitarist in RecommNeds faves Causa Sui, as well as a producer, collaborator and running multiple record labels. Here he’s an electronic musician, filling your ears with digital whispers and long breathe-in/breathe-out drones of musical light. Turn the lights down, climb into bed and put this one on for a blissful float-away.

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Mark McGuire: Earth Star Musick

As far as the so-called “new, new age” music, there are few practitioners I enjoy more than Mark McGuire. The guitarist and electronic musician is constantly putting out music that slowly seeps into your head and makes it a better place to be. His latest release Earth Star Musick is typical: he’s gone back to pieces he recorded a couple years back and mixed them for the here and now, and really, there’s no time like the present to listen to these sonic sculptures. Each composition feels lifelike, magical sea creatures swimming around in the ether, floating, spinning, swirling. You can almost literally feel your mind leave the body as you listen and ain’t it a beautiful thing? Enjoy it!

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Gia Margaret: Mia Gargaret

The motion of a wave in the water, repeating itself over and over as if staying in one place and yet transmitting energy over a distance. That’s the sort of feel you get listening to the latest release from Gia Margaret. Cheekily titled Mia Gargaret, the title somehow captures that inverted moving/not-moving feel as well. This is lovely, soothing, consuming ambient music of the highest order. Cascading layers of keyboards and pianos move just slow enough to capture your attention, only to release it, letting your mind wander in psychedelic self-discovery. So, let it wander, friends, let it wander. I think you’ll dig.

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Ezra Feinberg: Recumbent Speech

All the albums this week should take you to that place when you need to get there. They’re all recommended, of course. But this last one, Recumbent Speech from guitarist Ezra Feinberg is a masterpiece, a musical mind smile that feels special from the opening notes and keeps you feeling that way to the very end. Featuring a heady cast of supporting musicians, Feinberg really takes you on a journey, a compelling bedtime story that will help you find warmfuzzy bliss in it liminal hiding places. This one gets my highest recommendation.

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