Monthly Archives: February 2015

OF MONTREAL // AUREATE GLOOM (POLYVINYL)

13TH LP TAKES ON 70’S GLAM ROCK. STARTS OFF W/ BLACK SABBATH GUITAR RIFFS THEN TURNS TO DISCO. RAW, EDGY & HEAVIER THAN USUAL. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9 FCC: 3, 6, 8 RIYL: FOXYGEN, MGMT, TELEVISION, T. REX, SONIC YOUTH Advertisements

WILL BUTLER // POLICY (MERGE)

ARCADE FIRE MEMBER (WIN BUTLERS BROTHER). MULTI-FACETED DEBUT. FRENETIC AMERICAN ROCK INSPIRED BY BOB DYLAN, THE BREEDERS, GHOSTFACE KILLAH.GARAGE-ROCK & PUNK-LEANING JAMS AND 80’S NEW WAVE W/ SYNTHS. PLAY: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 FCC: 1, 4 RIYL: ARCADE FIRE, PETER GABRIEL

THE BLACK RYDER // THE DOOR BEHIND THE DOOR (THE ANTI-MACHINE MACHINE)

DREAMY MELLOW SHOEGAZE W/ ACOUSTIC GUITARS, DISTORTION, LAYERS & SULTRY VOCALS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: MAZZY STAR, TAMARYN

DIAMOND RUGS // COSMETICS (SYCAMORE)

GRITTY ROCK’N’ROLL SUPERGROUP (MEMBERS OF DEER TOCK, BLACK LIPS, DEAD CONFEDERATE, LOS LOBOS). EPIC BAR-BAND ANTHEMS W/ 50’S COUNTRY 7 60’S BRITISH INVASION. HORNS, SYNTHS, ORGANS AND MULTIPLE VOCALS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 FCC: 5 RIYL: DEER TICK, BLACK LIPS

TALL TALES AND THE SILVER LINING // TIGHTROPES (OTHER MUSIC)

MODERN INDIE-FOLK/ROCK FROM L.A. W/ 70’S AM RADIO INFLUENCES. 16 GUEST MUSICIANS & VOCALISTS. HEARTFELT W/ CATCHY HOOKS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: NEIL YOUNG, JACKSON BROWNE, THE SHINS

KNTRLR-The Great Filter

Debut EP from the group KNTRLR is titled The Great Filter. The music has been described as “noir, electro Post-Punk”. There’s also a Synth Dance and Nu-Wave vibe as well. The tracks are upbeat with good lyrics and worth a listen. Tracks: 1,2,5,6,10 FCC: 3,7

Corbu-Everything You Imagine Is Real

Everything You Imagine is Real is the latest from Corbu. The four track EP has a smooth Synth Dance sound with hints of Chicago House, Lounge, Nu-Wave and “Retro-futuristic Pop”. The tracks are very smooth and elegant with nice Pop hooks. Tracks: 2,3

Beardyman-Distractions

Distractions is the latest from UK artist Beardyman. The artist originally started his career as a beatboxer winning several major competitions and accompanying other acts. He has been solo for a while now and uses a device he created called the Beardyman 5000mklll which allows him to sample his voice into the system and instantly […]

Hot Sugar-God’s Hand

The latest from artist Hot Sugar is an album titled God’s Hand. The album is an experiment in Associative Music, which is music that is supposed to create an emotional, Pavlovian response in the listener. I guess you could say that’s the case for all music but it’s his focus here. The music is very […]

Gobi-Black Ice

Debut from Gobi is titled Gold on Black Ice. The music is a mix of EDM, Indie Dance and has some elements of Hip Hop. The music is decent but the lyrics are clunky and it seems like they’re trying to be roughnecks but the lyrics and music just don’t mesh. There is potential here […]

Prettiest Eyes- Looks

Noise filled psychedelic punk rock. Organs drone on and the guitars give feedback. New age garage rock fueled by drugged out jams. TRACKS: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 RIYL: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, the Velvet Underground, Black Moth Super Rainbow

Robert Wyatt-’68

Experimental rock music with a hint of soul coming from Robert Wyatt. There are moments were Wyatt channels Bowie, through the introduction the British Alphabet, or The Zombies as he adds some soul to the pop tune of Chelsea. Wyatt’s ’68 very much comes from the era, but much more experimental as the albums four […]

Dan Deacon- Gliss Riffer

With a similar sound to his America, this album has a calmer side that features a lot more layers of sounds rather than a focus on percussion. Fans will be happy with this new addition to the album that keeps the perpetual, electrical noise party that is Dan Deacon going. Sampled, cartoonish voices are surrounded […]

Ex-Cult – Cigarette Machine EP (Castle Face)

“There’s a sneering, splitting toughness to the fraying riffs, inducing hairy moshes with menace. Touching on post-punk, psych sprawl & early 80s hardcore, we’ve seen punks, scene rats, skaters, skinheads, hardcore kids, druggies all digging this band.” RIYL: early Iceage, Cult of Youth, Jay Reatard, The Fall Play: 2, 4, 1, 6 FCC: #5 has […]

toyGuitar – In this Mess (Fat Wreck Chords)

Garage surf rock with fuzzy and bouncing beats and bass. Complete with jangly guitars and driving drum beats. “Strap on your skates & turn up your speakers, because summer comes early this year” (hopefully that’s true). RIYL: early Wavves, Black Lips, PAWS Play: 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 9, 10 FCC: 5, 6

Nite Fields – Depersonalisation (Felte)

Goth rock with very droney and monotonous vocals. Revival of late 80s Goth rock (like the Cure, not Marilyn Manson) with soft vocals and repetitive lush, Cocteau Twins-like shoegaze guitar at times. Doomy and gloomy, but not really that sad. Songs 1 and 5 are purely instrumental. RIYL: early Cure, darker Cocteau Twins, Beach Fossils, […]

Au. Ra. – Jane’s Lament (Felte)

Features shimmering, dreamy soundscapes with droning shoegaze guitar. Looped drum beats with heavy reverb also used heavily. Breathy, tired male vocals tie the elements together to create noise pop at its best. RIYL: Stone Roses, DIIV, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth Play: 2, 7, 1, 6 FCC: none

Björk – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)

Björk bears all in her 8th studio album, “this album places itself among the most human, emotionally candid, even functional art forms: the breakup album”. Goes through the life cycle of a failed relationship. Very singer-songwriter, however done in Björk’s eclectic style. RIYL: kind of incomparable but I guess Radiohead, St. Vincent, Ariel Pink, Animal […]

POPS STAPLES // DON’T LOSE THIS (ANTI-)

Posthumous release of tunes recorded over a decade ago, the style of Pops–the patriarch of the Staples Singers–is unmistakable.  Vocals described as powdery and soulful is just about right.  Bluesy, twangy guitar, female backup singers (with help from Mavis Staples), and clean blues drum riffs.  Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, […]

Ras G – Down 2 Earth Vol. 2

Chilled out instrumental hip-hop tribute to boom-bap. That means samples take the back seat to percussion and a low sub bass. The album has a relaxed feel with spacey, psychedelic undertones. Almost all instrumental but there is one rapper on track 5. Very Dilla and Madlib influenced. RIYL: Pete Rock, Tuamie, Dilla Play: 14, 13, […]

Cecile Chaminade–Piano Works–Sonata & Etudes

Gracious, elegant works by a very popular composer who was the first French woman to receive the Legion d’Honneur, yet was forgotten with time.

Rand Steiger–A Menacing Plume

Avant-garde works for electronics, solo instrument or small ensemble, with varying emotional qualities, some dissonance.

Elizabeth Raum–Myth, Legend, Romance

Contemporary concertos with wit and grace.

Giacinto Scelsi–Suites Nos. 8 & 9

Very abstract, somewhat dark, works for piano by a secretive, yet jokester composer who openly had his assistant “transcribe” his works, thereby causing a scandal that he actually was not the composer…

THEESatisfaction – EarthEE

EarthEE is the second full-length release from experimental R&B duo THEESatisfaction. The album has an intriguing spacey feel with both sung melodies and spoken-word-style raps.   The backing music is synth-driven with lumbering drums and funky bass. Vocals are not always on point (whether it’s an intentional effort to off-put the listener or not) so expect […]