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thousand

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

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 […]

myriam gendron – not so deep as a well (mama bird)

montreal-based singer-songwriter myriam gendron relied not on her own words for this album but on the words of blacklisted civil rights activist and writer dorothy parker.  the album benefits from parker’s melancholic and visual poetry, all set to sparse fingerpickings and delivered in gendron’s disciplined, warm voice.  there is only subtle variation between tracks, making it […]

mitski – bury me at makeout creek (don giovanni)

third LP from SUNY purchase grad and brooklyn-dweller mitski miyawaki.  specific, poetic and lonely lyrics with swelling choruses are a hallmark– all angsty and defiant, with a dark sense of humor and measured vulnerability.  the mix between mournful acoustic segments and distorted garage rock wailings makes for a great ride– it’s like bikini kill crashing into a joni […]

Constant Bop- Bop English (Downtown Records)

Coming from the lead singer of White Denim, this album could serve as a snack to hold White Denim fans’ hunger for a follow-up to Corsicana Lemonade of 2013. The songs are not as guitar-driven and blues-y as the singer’s other group plays, but the sound is familiar to anyone that has heard a White Denim song. […]

Running Back-WEED (Lefse Records)

A fuzzed-out wall of noise signals the beginning of each song and it does not clear until the next one must start, and between these walls is a dreamy pop song that might be about a happy subject, like summer, but the singer’s tone does not let it show. The use of noise and distorted […]

1st Bath- Avid Dancer (Grand Jury)

Some of these songs appeared on Avid Dancer’s EP late last year but most have been given a shape-up that results in a stronger album than the EP presented. Avid Dancer glides across genres seamlessly while maintaining the dream-y guitar pop vibe that gives some of the better songs on the album their edge. The […]

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