This year, we spoke to a number of local musicians about their 2013 releases. Below is a brief but diverse list of some of those artists and their albums, all of which make us proud to live in a city that sings.
Dedicated Servers--Bryan Taylor
The duo of Dave Boutdy and Matt Dixon left behind anime-inspired raps for more mature themes of "struggle, mortality and perseverance" on their seventh release. "It feels more and more every time we do an album [that] this could be the last album," Dixon said. "And if this is the last album, what's the most important thing we want to say?"
Finer Points of Sadism--Banned Standards
A brush with death led FPS vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jacobb Sackett to expand his musical sensibilities and begin experimenting with experimental music. Sackett said, "For the last few years, they've called Boise a barren wasteland in the music scene. But barren wastelands can be home to strange animals."
Fleet Street Klezmer Band--Vodka and Pickles
Fleet Street Klezmer Band's blend of klezmer, Sephardic and Roma musical traditions is a nod to the past and came about as a way for guitarist Shlomo Kostenko to reconnect with his Jewish roots. "If the Jewish history in my family really meant anything to me, it was up to me now to carry that on," Kostenko said.
Unwilling to let anyone else control his creative output, it took Marcus Youngberg, Uintahs' songwriter/vocalist/guitarist/perfectionist, more than five years to release his band's debut album. "We decided we wanted to do it ourselves, so we took the time to buy the [recording] equipment and learn how to use it," Youngberg said.
Wolvserpent's nearly unpronounceable new album was talked about all across the blogosphere, with a number of writers suggesting that getting a copy would be one of the smartest things readers could do. The band's Blake Green said the album was a reflection of its effort to "slow down and exist in the moment [without] looking for something else."