Labor and Breath

Feeling a severe lack of music performed solely on electric bass in your life? Worry not! California’s intrepid new music label, New Albion, comes to the rescue with Jeffrey Roden’s Seeds of Happiness. The stripped-down aesthetic consists of simple melodies with straightforward accompaniment captured with a pristine approach to the recording process. Hey, it helps to have a sound artist in the family: nephew Steve Roden produced the album.

—RN