Timothy Gabriele: Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz was a bit unfairly maligned. Production-wise, the album was possessed of a unique artistry that still sounds unlike everything else. The first few songs rival anything the band ever did, but the best tracks completely frontloaded the album. “No Man’s Land” sounds the closest to Centipede Hz’s singular dynamic that I’ve heard from any of the band members since that album’s release, but it sounds like a drifting, irresolute B-side that got cut from the album’s back end. The densely layered creaking fourth world squeals and hypnotic rhythms possess multitudes that you could fall into, but the vocal feels at best half-hearted. If you’re looking for bonus Panda Bear material, you’d be better off checking Danny L. Harle’s remix of “Come to Your Senses”. It’s one of the best things released in 2015. [6/10]
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Formerly from Victoria, British Columbia, the garage rock trio Babysitter now calls Montreal home, and now have a new self-titled album coming out next week. As per usual, the band cranks out the heavy guitar jams that sound reminiscent of Crazy Horse and the Stooges at the same time, the riffs massive, grating, threatening to drown out the rest of the band. “Envy” is a great example, which you can listen to below.
Children of an Irish folk musician father and a Parisian mother, siblings Emma and Tom Hamilton already have a long history as musicians, with Tom producing Emma’s 2012 jazz album La Musique. After an extensive tour with Australian jazz artist Tommy Emmanuel, they decided to become a duo, the Hamiltons were created, and now they have a brand new single, the retro-swinging jazz pop tune “Paranoid”, ready for release next month. Which, as luck would have it, you can listen to below.
Citing such influences as the Lumineers, One Republic, and Andy Grammer, Phoenix band Luxxe serve up their own brand of folk pop on their upcoming debut EP One. A fine example is the track “Entomologist”, which taps nicely into the summer alternative festival circuit nicely, with its pleasant acoustic arrangements and AM radio-friendly hooks.
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