Evan Sawdey: I’ve been listening to Alex G’s album for about a month now, and outside of the occasional stretching-the-limits-of-tolerable-weirdness interlude, there is a basement-built sonic universe here contained in this disc, heartfelt tales married to DIY guitars and electronic sounds, finding actual soul in the intimate, the amateurish touches of effects being so deliberate and so imbued with what makes the songs great that you can’t imagine them in any other context. “Salt” is definitely a highlight, which features a picked melody line so simple that almost anyone can do it (and beginning guitarists probably stumbled across by accident), but those little background details—the warped vocals, the occasional extra guitar slide—all add to its charm. This is about as indie-sounding as indie gets, but the rewards to be reaped from it are second to none. [8/10]
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My first time seeing Brooklyn heavy psych trio the Yin Yangs remains present in my mind over a year after the fact, which is something that cannot always be said for any rising act throughout the borough. I happened to be aimlessly drinking in the back of popular Bushwick venue Palisades when it happened. The Yin Yangs took the stage with a Stan Brakhage film as their backdrop and proceeded to play with enough intensity, volume and visual stimulus to encompass the entire room. They have been a live favorite ever since.
Comprised of bassist Dan Alex Rivera and drummer Andrew Hernandez, Twin Lords are set to release their debut album Devastating Planetary Shift 20 September on Handshake, Inc. As you can hear on the new track “Stoned Cutter”, the New York duo specializes in sludge/noise rock of the most visceral variety, but when you dig deeper into the song, you find it cuts—literally and figuratively—to the bone.
Chris Gerard: British synthpop duo Darkstar will release their third album, Foam Island, on September 25. This preview is glitchy computer pop that has some interesting textures and a lurching rhythm, but it doesn’t quite gel as a piece of music. It’s got that “sad computer” vibe that’s already been perfected by others, and there’s not much in the way of melody. The whole thing is kinda monotonous. It’s a surprising choice to lead a new album—“Through the Motions” is an apt title. Perhaps it should have been a b-side instead. [4/10]
If Brian Carpenter is in high demand from such artistic luminaries as Swans, Arcade Fire, Marc Ribot, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Colin Stetson, without even hearing a note of his music you immediately know the band is clearly respected. After a series of avant-garde releases Carpenter has formed a new band that plumbs the darker depths of Americana, creating an “avant-noir” sound in which you can hear faint echoes of modern-day Swans, Timber Timbre, and of course Johnny Cash, which you can hear on the new track “Savior of Love”.
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