Monthly Archives: April 2015

Le Vent du Nord – Tetu (Borealis)

(Tetu means “Determined.”) Exceptionally fine roots music from this award-winning band from Quebec. Brilliant traditional arrangements with beautiful male vocal harmonies, call & response, and even a cappella (in French of course); these are the hallmarks of this remarkable group. Advertisements

White Men Are Black Men Too-Young Fathers (Big Dada)

In a post-Yeezus world, pop music has shifted from simply what we hear on the radio. Young Fathers are fans of pop music and do not stray away from the structure, but the twist they put on it gives it an industrial feel that feels almost like a post-apocalypse pop. The album is political, an […]

Pure Strawberry-Change (Powered by Aliens)

Quirky rock music that is fun. The lyrics are fun to listen to because of the odd subjects, but the stories are good. The music draws from classic rock without rocking the boat. One of the instruments played is the wood hammered dulcimer, if that gives you an idea of the quirkiness this band radiates. […]

Acute Feast-Oofj (Ring the Alarm)

With build-ups and orchestral sounds, this album is electronic. It is not as chill as an FKA Twig record and can sound spookier at times. Oofj creates a trance-like soundscape that wraps you up and builds you up then drops you with the bass. Kind of like that carnival ride that pulls you to the […]

Disturbing Wildlife-Invisible Familiars (Other Music Recording)

Invisible Familiars’ new album is full of mellow rock that is outlined in electronic sounds that give it a jittery feel. It’s like a Monday morning where you are foggy but drink too much coffee and start to feel the caffeine, yet your tired vibe can’t be beaten by a beverage. The album holds onto […]

Point Dume-The Ruen Brothers (Republic)

The Ruen Brothers channel the foundation of rock while pumping out barn burners. The baritone growl of the singer, I am not sure which brother it is, barks out verses while the music behind keeps on fueling the fire until the chorus strikes and it engulfs you into a folk-rock haze. The album is produced […]

THE BARR BROTHERS // ALTA FALLS EP (SECRET CITY)

A surprise EP with the vibes we’ve come to expect from The Barr Brothers.  Folk by way of airy, pillowy guitar and harp, light but complex and varied percussion, a gospel-style composed track (#4), soundscaped intros, fingerpicked guitars, and some lo-fi vibes (#5), too.  Tracks are their “favourite misfits” from their 2014 release, Sleeping Operator. RIYL: […]

STEALING SHEEP // NOT REAL (HEAVENLY RECORDINGS)

2ND LP. PREVIOUSLY MEDIEVAL-KRAUT-FOLK. NOW INSPIRED BY 80’S POP, 50’S EXOTICA & ELECTRONIC MUSIC. BRIGHT MELODIES, PROCESSED SOUNDS, VOCAL HARMONIES, STEADY BEATS. PLAY: 1-4, 6, 8, 10 RIYL: TOPS, PURE BATHING CULTURE, AUSTRA, TEEN, WOMANS HOUR

HOCKEY DAD // DREAMIN (FARMER & THE OWL)

AUSTRALIAN SURF-ROCK DUO W/ 60’S GARAGE/PUNK SOUNDS. A FUZZY, CATCHY, MUDDY & GLORIOUS MESS W/ BOUNCY GUITAR RIFFS, REVERB VOCALS PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5 RIYL: CLOUD NOTHINGS, WAVVES, JAPANDROIDS, KING TUFF, REAL ESTATE

DARKNESS FALLS // DANCE AND CRY (HFN MUSIC)

DANISH DUO. ATMOSPHERIC DRAMATIC POP-NOIR. HAUNTING SYNTHS, GRITTY DRUMS, DISTORTED TWANG GUITARS, POST-PUNK DISTORTION, MIDNIGHT ELECTRONICA DANCE MUSIC. PLAY: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 FCC: 4 RIYL: JESSIE WARE, MS MR, SAY LOU LOU

MOON KING // SECRET LIFE (LAST GANG)

TORONTO DUO. AIRY, ANDROGYNOUS VOCALS OVER SWEET & FUZZY DREAM-PUNK. SHOEGAZE GUITARS, ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION PLAY: 1-6, 8 FCC: 7 RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, WARPAINT, DOLDRUMS, MELODYS ECHO CHAMBER

SUUNS // + JERUSALEM IN MY HEART (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

MONTREAL EXPERIMENTAL  VIBE-LADEN SOUNDSCAPES W/ HEAVY ANALOG SYNTHS, ARABIC INFLUENCES, ELECTRONIC SENSIBILITIES. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 RIYL: CLINIC, LIARS, PSYCHIC ILLS, MOON DUO

AMERICAN WRESTLERS// SELF-TITLED (FAT POSSUM)

MIDWESTERN RAMSHACKLE LO-FI STRIPPED-DOWN GARAGE-ROCK. MELODIC & HAZY W/ REVERBS, CHORUS, SHIMMERY GUITARS. RECORDED ON A TASCAM 8-TRACK W/ CHEAP PAWN SHOP INSTRUMENTS. NICE! PLAY: ALL 1-9 RIYL: ALEX G, WOODS, AXXA/ABRAXAS, WAR ON DRUGS, NICK HESSLER

MARRIAGES // SALOME (SARGENT HOUSE)

MEMBERS OF RED SPAROWES. A DEPARTURE FROM PURELY INSTRUMENTAL, THEY ADD FRAGILE, FEROCIOUS VOCALS. EPIC POST-ROCK BY-WAY-OF STONER ROCK W/ ANTHEMIC PEAKS, HEARTBREAKING VALLEYS. PLAY: 2-5, 8, 10 RIYL: RED SPAROWES, RUSSIAN CIRCLES, EMMA RUTH RUNDLE

LEGGY // NICE TRY (S/R)

BLONDE-HEAVY INDIE-PUNK DREAM-GARAGE TRIO. EMPOWERED EARNESTNESS, CATCHY POP SENSIBILITY, REVERB-TINGED HOOKS, ENERGETIC LIVE SHOWS, LOVE LYRICS. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 6 FCC: 2 RIYL: GIRLPOOL, TWEENS, BEST COAST, JOANNA GRUESOME, KRILL

SPEEDY ORTIZ // FOIL DEER (CARPARK)

90’S-INFLUENCED GUITAR-HEAVY, FEMALE-FRONTED ROCK GETS MORE POPPY & POLISHED W/ VOCAL LAYERS, MELODIC & SPACIOUS GUITARS, SMOOTH & HIP-HOP BASSLINES, TIGHT DRUMS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 RIYL: THE BREEDERS, OUGHT, CHASTITY BELT

MIKAL CRONIN // MCIII (MERGE)

3RD LP OF SHIMMERING GARAGE-PSYCH/POP W/LUSH ARRANGEMENTS, MELODIES, PERSONAL LYRICS, HORNS, GORGEOUS GUITARS, DISTORTION, STRINGS, WARM VOCALS. PLAY: 1-5, 8, 9, 11 FCC: 7 RIYL: TY SEGALL, FOXYGEN, WHITE FENCE, THEE OH SEES

Heart’s Out-The Sun Parade

The Sun Parade’s new EP falls perfectly in line with the current weather patterns. The music is playful and easy to cozy up with, while still maintaining a fast pace that keeps the album moving along. The Sun Parade sound like the perfect band to entertain a beachside wedding or BBQ. Their happy and soulful […]

Fate & Fire–Woodwind Quintets

Modern and contemporary quintets by Welcher and Etler, gracious. Play!

Bruce Babcock–Time, Still

Varying, contemporary pieces for an interesting mix of instruments, solo and small ensemble, some with voice. Instrumentals very nice! Play!

Look at the Big Birds–World Music for Young Guitarists

Arrangements of folk pieces from around the world as a teaching tool for guitarists, these are absolutely wonderful pieces! Wide range of styles, tempi, fun! Play!

Thousand – S/T

Thousand is the musical project of French songwriter Stéphane Milochevitch, who is joined by multi-instrumentalist Olivier Marguerit, percussionist Raphaël Séguinieron, and backup vocalists Emma Broughton and Maud Nadal. His self-titled album is his follow-up to the debut The Flying Pyramid, and this album kicks off with a newly recorded version of the title track from […]

Fantastic Animals – The Walls Will Speak to Break the Curse

Fantastic Animals are a band out of Tacoma, WA who play a style of math-rock/prog-rock, a little rough sounding but loud and energetic. The first and last songs are instrumental, but are two of the EP’s stronger tracks. The three songs with vocals are nice, but seem to lack focus. They sound like they still […]

Ryan Huber-Akharon

Akharon is the latest work from artist Ryan Huber who is also known as Olekranon, Dhow and Sujo. The music here is best described as Drone Ambient and is a little smoother than what you hear from his other alias’s. Three of the four tracks are over ten minutes giving the listener time to sink […]

Chester Hawkins-Apostasy Suite

Chester Hawkins who is also known as Blue Sausage Infant has released a second album under his real name, a live album titled Apostasy Suite. The music is Ambient Drone and Hawkins’ music is described as “The goal remains the creation of deep and elegant trance states with a glaze of paranoid tension”. While that […]