Something very special happens in the moment a listener truly connects to a song–some intangible reaction that bridges science and emotion, turning firing synapses into something beautiful. Another Michael exists for that moment: when a song transforms the setting of a long walk home, or when it speaks to a past experience while simultaneously making a new one, or when it taps into something universal by relating details so specific and personal that they could only be revealed in music. On their new dual LPs, Wishes To Fulfill and Pick Me Up, Turn Me Upside Down, the band set out to revel in their love of song, to create and pay tribute to that transcendent musical moment across two contrasting but complimentary albums–and their finest work yet.
Jodi is the musical project of North American songwriter Nick Levine. For Levine, the moniker is tentatively described as an alter-ego, a lens in which they can ask questions and step outside of their inner world. Debut full-length Blue Heron (Sooper Records) captures Levine’s continued search for meaning; a search where a couple of chance encounters with a bird—a great blue heron—guided them to surrender to the immensity of nature and embrace being small.