Discovering and sharing new music is one of life's great joys, and one of the main reasons why this website exists. I get a kick out of it even when I hear a well established artist for the very first time, and get a bit embarrassed because I'd never heard them before. As much as I try, it's impossible to hear everything, but when I do hear something I like, I'm going to share it. It may not be right away, but I will get around to it.
With all of that being said, via a submission, I discovered a DC/Baltimore post-punk veteran I'd never heard of, J.Robbins. Since the late 80's, he's been making music as the singer/songwriter and guitarist for such bands as Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Channels, and Office of Future Plans. He's got a new EP of reworked tunes, 'Abandoned Mansions', and he's headed out on an East Coast tour this month.
I'm not going to lie, after reading the submission I didn't think I was going to like it. Some of the descriptors I read: alternative, acoustic, post-punk, and then I saw a mention of a cello. What in the world is a cello doing in that mix? I love a cello, but I couldn't picture it in all that. It's like spreading peanut butter over a piece of broccoli. But after a few listens, dammit it works, and it's compelling. It's a master's class in songwriting and composition. Stunning.
Stream the lead track 'Aviary' below and become a fan like I just did, it's the Song of the Day.
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