Author Archives: djbini

THE RANGE – POTENTIAL (DOMINO)

On “Potential”, producer James Hinton masterfully creates mellow, yet powerful, beats to direct the listener’s attention to simple vocal samples that he pulled from the depths of Youtube. The sampled vocalists are mostly unknown artists and range in styles, from rap to indie. Completely new works of art emerge after Hinton is done sculpting the layered […]

ELEPHANT REVIVAL – PETALS (THIRTY TIGERS/ITZ EVOLVING)

The Colorado-based folk-rock band shows some versatility on fourth studio album, “Petals”.  Elephant Revival nails it when avoiding cliché lyrics, which unfortunately occupy too many tracks on this album. The string instrumentalists deliver both strong solos and backing, behind delicate lead vocals and mellow harmonies. Overall, a range of influences are on display on this […]

THE BESNARD LAKES – A COLISEUM COMPLEX MUSEUM (JAGJAGUWAR)

The Montreal band’s first release since 2013 demonstrates a steadfast continuation of their psych rock style.  “A Coliseum Complex Museum” is melodic and laid-back, but gives way to high energy moments at the right times.  Husband and wife, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, provide soothing vocal harmonies and instrumental (mostly guitar, bass, and synthesizer) skills […]

JULIEN BAKER – SPRAINED ANKLE (6131)

“Sprained Ankle” is the debut album from Julien Baker, a singer-songwriter out of Tennessee.  This collection of emotional songs showcases Baker’s gentle, but highly capable, voice. An echoing guitar creates atmospheric tones that nicely accompany Baker’s melancholy lyrical themes of loneliness and mortality.  Baker references physical injuries to convey her emotional pain.  The album is […]

MARCUS MARR & CHET FAKER – WORK EP (DOWNTOWN)

Chet Faker teams up with UK DJ/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Marr for this EP that will make you want to bust some moves, or at least bob your head enthusiastically.  Marr’s funk-infused production is paired with Chet Faker’s own instrumental skills and smooth vocals.  Funky bass lines and dance beats drive the first two tracks.  The engaging […]