Derek Schmidt
This may not be news to those of you that keep better tabs on local music than even me, but for those of you that rely on us to bring you the best Bay Area acts: I present to you Derek Schmidt‘s Major Arcana.

We presented him to you once before in 2016, while he was in the midst of completing Major Arcana, released at the beginning of the month. I’ve mentioned my love for “big” ideas in music in the past, and since it doesn’t get much bigger than composing an album based on the traditional tarot deck, I just wanna give it another bump. Buttressed by electronic blips, found-sound clips, and serene strings, Major Arcana essentially serves as one person’s 21st-century soundtrack to a very old practice. It’s an exciting project from a local artist coming into their own. Check it out below.