Lockdown—self-isolating—sheltering in place—whatever you call it, goes easier with these outstanding album releases by stellar Chicago artists, all available now.
Ric Wilson & Terrace Martin
(They Call Me Disco)
Wilson’s six-track collaboration with L.A. producer Martin is the irresistible, seventies-nostalgia-driven dance record we all need like medicine.
(26 East, Vol. 1)
The former Styx frontman remains a legitimate legendary rock god; this is his first solo album in over a decade, and it’s as sumptuously supercharged as a superfan could wish.
Louis the Child
(Here for Now)
Robby Hauldren and Frederic Kennett are Winnetka’s gift to EDM, and while they’re meant to be experienced at a club, this album in your living room is a close second.
The irrepressible indie-pop quintet delves into complex emotional territory on its second EP, but whether desperation or delight, it’s urgently melodic and ridiculously danceable.
(My Heart Is an Open Field)
Singer-songwriter Jess Shoman and company’s debut release, recorded entirely at a bandmate’s house, is gorgeous, intimate DIY dream pop, and Shoman’s voice is appealingly lithe and low-key.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.