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Four local records you should score

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"With Love"

Something is rockin’ in the state of Denmark, and it’s the soon-to-be-released album "With Love," by the Rochester-based Fires of Denmark . Like "Hamlet," "With Love" seems to whisper ghostly tragedy through lyrics submerged beneath soundscapes. But the album is also infused with some roaring synth lines and a slight lilt of pop sensibility.  

"With Love" includes 10 tracks that can be described as synth-wave, experimental art-rock. Mike Terrill is the multi-instrumentalist who creates most of the sounds on the record, including the vocals, in his home studio. The mastering and finishing touches for the album were completed at the local Carpet Booth Studios.

One of the record’s standout songs is ‘Ten  Thousand Things," which recently got some air time on The Current. The song features a wailing tenor sax solo from Nick Novotny that builds into a reverberating mountain of sound and the plea to "empty yourself of everything."

Where to find it:The album will be released  August 10 at Canvas and Chardonnay (317 S Broadway). Doors open a 8 p.m. and the $10 cover gets you a copy of the record.



Born with a banjo in his band, local musician Heath Loy recently sojourned south to cut a record. He "horse-traded some studio and home improvement work" for time at Slack Key Studio and assembled impeccable Nashville pickets to record 10 tracks of bluegrass and old-time-country ear candy.

When you hear the banjo on his original tune "Drakesville," you might think he’s a blueblood of bluegrass – the twangy melodies seem to pour from his arteries right out of his fingers. The tune launches with a humdinger of a banjo riff, and all the bluegrass cats get a chance to strut their stuff. Another standout track is "Tall Rocky Pines," featuring the chillingly beautiful vocals of Heath’s wife Becky Schlegel.

The disc touches on topics ranging from broken hearts to the state of Arkansas. The tunes also include country greats from the ‘60s like Del Reeves "Girl on the Billboard."

Where to find it:

"The Highway and the Moon"

The latest full-length album from The Heavy Set provides a journey through 11 nocturnal songs. Each seems like another stop in a town filled with unique quirks.

The title track is dirty and driving, exploring the perils of life on the road. It even includes a little voicemail love from frontman Jake Ilika. The band has a sincere synergy throughout each track that creates a sense of fulfilled possibility.


Some tracks tend towards a contemplative introspection. "Forever John Doe," for instance, starts out with a plaintive plea accompanied by a faint heartbeat that crescendos throughout the song. Other tracks are more outgoing. "Don’t Love Me Back" doesn’t shy away from introducing itself with its upbeat B3 comping and horn section stabs. Infused with blues and tinged with alt-country, the album is built around a rock ‘n’ roll soul.

Where to find it:

"The Path"

The wind-swept fragility of "The Ascent," the first track of Breakthrough ’s just-released EP, paves the way for a collection of songs that pulsate with electronica and pent-up vocal tension.

The five-song EP incudes meticulous arrangements that are worth a listen. They include everything from bells to violin and growling distorted guitar. Effervescent vocals shimmer over every well-planned track.

Where to find it:

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