In recent years we’ve seen artists like Self Esteem and Darkside overshadow the projects they were previously known for - and even Blood Red Shoes started as a side project. However, often these projects get a bit overlooked by die hard fans or you’re put off because you didn’t love their band (or solo work if they’ve started a side project or super group).
For example, I didn’t love the final Howling Bells albums as much as the first two but absolutely adored Juanita Stein’s solo work (so much so I helped manage her briefly and wrote the bio for her last album), and been surprised not to see more chatter about her on here. Well worth digging in if you like sadness that shimmers, with tiny bit of country (like, as much as Bright Eyes) in its bones https://www.juanitastein.com/
I was gonna say that Drug Church started as a side project for singer Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family, but then I read on Wikipedia that “Drug Church did not start as a side project for singer Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family.”
Kiasmos maybe? Probably listened to their album more than anything else released by Olafur Arnalds … although I haven’t listened to them for ages after being really bored by their Royal
festival Hall show a few years back .
Mick Turner’s solo stuff (Dirty Three). (And his Mess Esque album was number 5 of my 2021 aotr).
Not better than the day job but Alexis Taylor’s solo stuff can be very good.
I wouldn’t take them over the Pumpkins obviously, but Billy Corgan’s and Jimmy Chamberlin’s non-Pumpkins projects are legitimately great.
Zwan has become something of a meme, and it’s a shame because they were amazing. The album has an unfair reputation as overly sugary and positive, but if you actually listen to it there’s an undercurrent of doom throughout which finally erupts during one of the few best songs (if not the very best song) of the past 20 years.
This is really so beautiful.
Billy’s first solo album TheFutureEmbrace is secretly an electro-shoegaze classic, and it’s getting better with age.
Billy’s second solo album Ogilala is very nice and full of stripped down guitar and piano ballads.
Billy’s third solo album Cotillions is an Americana album, and as odd as that sounds, it’s one of the few best albums of 2019.
Jimmy has The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, which is basically a jazz fusion / rock band. Incredible drumming, as expected.