Recomended Noises: Quiltro, Elephant9, Freddy King, and Frank Zappa

Quiltro is an instrumental trio that weaves cinematic soundscapes through a post-rock/psychedelic prism. Their self-titled debut album is a good representation of their live show. Anyone with a passing interest in early 1970s Pink Floyd, Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky should give these guys a listen.

The latest release from Elephant9 continues the Norwegian trios undefeated winning streak. Known for their otherworldly improvisational skills and epic compositions, Arrival of the New Elders features more succinct pieces than previous efforts, but the results are no less compelling.

Sample the album here.

Texas musician Freddy King (sometimes “Freddie”) passed away in 1976, but his influence on legions of blues and rock musicians continues. An emotive blues singer, King also had sizeable hits with instrumentals such as the classic “Hideaway”. His work has been covered by the Allman Brothers, The Who and Jeff Healey. Hide Away: The Best of Freddy King is a great introduction to a legendary artist.

Sample the album here.

Frank Zappa’s last major work with the original Mother of Invention, Uncle Meat, has received the deluxe edition treatment in the form of Meat Light. Featuring the original vinyl stereo mix, an alternative version of the album with additional material and further unreleased live and studio tracks, Meat Light is peak into the process of one of the most unique figures in modern music.

Sample the album here.

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