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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 […]

Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Droning post-punk, with splashes of phychadelia and a refusal to rest on one groove. Guitarist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace are former members of the defunct and beloved post-punk band Women, who’s comparison the band will deservedly benefit from. Women’s unfortunately-short existence has fed into the tenacity of this album. The band members seem […]

MOONFACE – JULIA WITH BLUE JEANS ON

SPENCER KRUG OF WOLF PARADE AND SUNSET RUBDOWN. STRIPPED-DOWN TO VOCALS AND PIANO, ELEGANT LOVE RECORD THAT FEELS CONSERVATORY-TRAINED. PLAY:: 2, 3, 4, 7 FCC: 6, 9 RIYL: PERFUME GENIUS, SUNSET RUBDOWN

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – “BLUE RECORD”

Acoustic versions from their last album II, recorded in a basement with one mic. Nice, warm reverb vocals and relaxed mood. Track 4 is cover of Dirty Projectors “Swing Lo Magellan”. Track 5 is cover of Beck’s “Puttin it Down.” PLAY:1, 2, 3, 4 FCC: 5 SAYS “ASS” RIYL: MAC DEMARCO, KURT VILE, TY SEGALL

VOLCANO CHOIR – ” REPAVE”

BON IVER FRONTMAN JUSTIN VERNON AND MEMBERS OF POST-ROCK BAND COLLECTION OF COLONIES OF BEES 2nd album. Huge, powerful rock with electronic and acoustic/amplified instruments and mellow tracks. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 3, 6 RIYL: BON IVER, COLLECTION OF COLONIES OF BEES

DIANA- “PERPETUAL SURRENDER”

Right from the first note we’re reeled into DIANA’s intimate world, with the dense, ambient swell that begins album opener ?Foreign Installation’. A heady mix of drums, electric guitar and lush production, all sewn together and lifted by Carmen’s soothing vocal, echoing through a mist of synths layered over insistent drums and bass. DIANA comparisons […]

Lightning Dust – “Fantasy”

Duo of formerly hushed folk now make minimal, skeletal synth pop with modern R&B beats and John Carpenter film soundtrack sounds. Songs that began on their usual instruments: acoustic guitar & Wurlitzer piano. Lush, dreamy female vocals. play: 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 RIYL: still corners, wild nothing, TOPS

Small black – “limits of desire”

Lush, sweeping songs focused on the crystalline essentials of synth pop.  Melancholic yet uptempo. Smooth reverb  male vocals play: 1, 3, 4,  5 riyl: Washed Out, Memory Tapes & Wild Nothing, Chromatics

Wolf People-Fain

This Rock entry does have that traditional English influence and Scottish Folk but rock out is the feel. Recorded in Yorkshire Dales. Track 7, “Thief” is a story/historical influence and traditional reminder of cultural use of storytelling. Plays: 7,8,2 FCC Clean

the besnard lakes: “until in excess, imperceptible ufo”

Montreal bands 4th LP. galaxy-sized post-rock and dream pop material. male/female vocals, soaring guitar climaxes. “A magnificently oceanic meld of Beach Boys harmonies, My Bloody Valentine tidal waves and Phil Spector girl-group siren songs shot through with soaring guitar.” – Rolling Stone play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 riyl: grizzly bear, the men, ex-cops