Timothy Monger

Critic

USA

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Monger established himself in the mid-2000's as a member of acclaimed folk-rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS) which he co-founded with his brother James. The roots of GLMS lay in another pioneering ensemble the brothers had previously helmed called The Original Brothers and Sisters of Love. The group released a pair of wildly eccentric folk-inspired LP's for Brooklyn indie The Telegraph Company (Kelley Stoltz, Stew) before disbanding in 2003.

La Confusion

Date: 22 Sep 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
On their first full-length studio album since 2012's excellent Folila, Malian power couple Amadou & Mariam deliver sleek retro-fusion with the disco-oriented La Confusion. Pairing desert blues and various Afro-pop traditions with Western production is nothing new for the duo, but the thickly layered '80s synths and the electro dance framework surrounding many of these 12 tracks initially come across as a bit jarring, though not entirely unwel ...

Elwan

Date: 10 Feb 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Decades of cultural displacement, political unrest, and even a kidnapping have somehow failed to dim the spirit of Tinariwen, the long-tenured Saharan desert blues outfit from Northern Mali. Over 30 years into their career and with six albums to their credit, the Tuareg band has maintained a global presence and garnered widespread critical acclaim for its distinctive sound fusing West African assouf traditions with a potent multi-guitar attack. F ...