Articles by Hayden Godfrey

Francis Lung, “Miracle”

The ex-WU LYF songwriter blends breezy, summery rock arrangements with casual, friendly lyrics.

In Conversation: The Deadly Snakes’ André Ethier and Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil Discuss Each Other’s Work

With Ethier’s new record “Further Up Island” out today, the pair of musicians/painters talk songwriting, portraiture, and being a self-critical artist.

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, “If They’re Mine”

The seven-track debut’s unique blend of jazz, R&B, and sensual lyricism is wonderfully enticing.

Sam Valdez, “Take Care”

Valdez’s debut blends airy vocals with atmospheric reverb to create an indie pop experience that’s decidedly Californian.

Dorothea Paas, “Anything Can’t Happen”

Paas’ debut is made intriguing by complex, lush contours and eclectic lyricism.

Pink Floyd, “Live at Knebworth 1990”

Like the band itself, the selected arrangements are rich, bold, and magically transportive. 

Valleyheart, “Scenery”

The East Coast four-piece explore powerful, accessible soundscapes in an adequately sized package.

Neil Young, “Young Shakespeare”

The unofficial sister record to “Live at Massey Hall 1971” is a brilliant summation of the era’s folk movement.

Wild Pink, “A Billion Little Lights”

The dreamy indie rockers’ third LP is hazy, sparkly, and full of atmospheric character.

Sun June, “Somewhere”

Though not entirely innovative, “Somewhere” is filled with arrangements that have a lot of room to breathe.

Su Lee Cancels Out “All the Noise” on New Single

The Seoul-based bedroom pop artist shares another earnest ballad following her viral 2020 hit “I’ll Just Dance.”

Lia Ices, “Family Album”

Ices’ Northern California surroundings and recent transition to motherhood contribute to a holistic voice that serves her arrangements wonderfully.

Pearl Charles, “Magic Mirror”

Charles’ latest collection of songs is a musical mosaic weaving in the influence of artists like Fleetwood Mac and ABBA.

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