SUSTO has been given many labels - Americana, alt-country, southern folk, indie rock, even gospel and though none of these descriptions are inaccurate, they only provide part of the picture. Bandleader and songsmith Justin Osborne’s lyrics bring the full picture into view. He weaves catchy hooks into honest storytelling, utilizing gothic imagery, wry humor, and social commentary to convey his confessional tales. His gravelly, pitch- perfect voice is the ideal vehicle to bring these heartfelt expressions to the listener and the sincerity he exudes while performing is palpable. Pair that with perfectly nuanced folk-rock instrumentation, and SUSTO remains in a genre all its own.
Best known as the keyboard wizard of the venerable Hungarian rock band Omega, the solo work of Laszlo Benko is by comparison virtually unknown beyond the confines of Eastern Europe. A curious offering of keyboard based electronic music, it can be likened at times to some of Tangerine Dream's mid-seventies material such as Rubycon or Ricochet albeit with a more light-hearted, zany touch much more along the lines of Kraftwerk minus the vocals or even some of Vangelis' seventies work. Prefering shorter formats rather than longer multi-dimensional compositions favoured by many progressive electronic artists, it is worth a brief glimpse into his musical contributions and developments within Omega in order to better introduce his solo work.
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The box set has been an 18-month labour of love and has been curated by me (SDE Editor, Paul Sinclair), with the full support and enthusiasm of Sam Brown. It includes newly mastered versions of the albums Stop! (1988) and April Moon (1990) and three further discs offering B-sides, unreleased demos.
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Award-winning composer Jimmy López was recently hailed by The Chicago Sun-Times as, ''one of the most interesting young composers working anywhere today.'' On this exciting release from harmonia mundi, Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in América Salvaje, Synesthésie, Perú Negro and Lord of the Air - a 2012 cello concerto featuring Jesús Castro-Balbi. All four orchestral works included here are being commercially released for the first time.