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Monday, May 12 2014

Daniel Pearson: Escape Acts EP

The Escape Acts EP is probably best suited for longtime fans; merely a passable excursion that takes its time to get to music that sears and lingers with the listener.


Plymouth: Plymouth

So long Slobber Pup, hello Plymouth. Actually, can we have Slobber Pup back now?


The Grip Weeds: Inner Grooves

A fans-only (mostly?) collection of "rare and under-released" tracks.


Friday, May 9 2014

Failures’ Union: Tethering

Tethering is one of those guilty pleasure records that you might cycle through on repeat: hardly innovative, but highly enjoyable nonetheless.


Johnossi: Transitions

Swedish duo does thoughtful rock right on their gleaming fourth album.


Ruby the RabbitFoot: New As Dew

New as Dew shows the growth of Ruby the RabbitFoot as an assured songwriter.


Thursday, May 8 2014

Calaita Flamenco Son: Calaita Flamenco Son

Pere and Sharp don't have the mutually attacking relationship that you hear in some flamenco partnerships.


Chat Noir: Elec3cities

Chat Noir thrive on a formula that isn't just unique, it's also incredible.


Black Hearted Brother: Got Your Love EP

A rather anomalous post-rock release from Slumberland, a label better know for its twee and noise pop groups than the work of this London-based post-rock supergroup.


Wednesday, May 7 2014

Kite Party: Come on Wandering

With their sophomore release, Philadelphia’s Kite Party attempts to suss out the contemporary notion of what it means to grow up.


Thomas Azier: Hylas

Retro-gazing electronic pop of the broad-stroked, emotive variety, the debut LP of Berlin-based, Dutch musician Thomas Azier is one of the most confident debuts by a male electronic artist in ages.


Aziza Brahim: Soutak

Her parents were born in the Western Sahara, and the temptation will be to lump her in with the desert blues-rock bands that sprang from the same region.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

Frances England: Paths We Have Worn

This is an album best played after the kids have been put to bed, and you want to relax and unwind after a particularly taxing day.


Circa Zero: Circus Hero

Andy Summers teams up with Rob Giles to make an album of '80s-style rock. If those two names are exciting to you, then get this now. Otherwise, only big fans of middle of the road '80s rock will find enough here to get excited about.


Monday, May 5 2014

Cremation Lily: Fires Frame the Silhouette

This is music deconstructed so far down that it somehow found itself in hell.


Little Racer: Modern Accent EP

Over the course of the Modern Accent EP, you may be reaching for comparisons to such ‘80s acts as the Cure, New Order, Joy Division and the Pixies.


Truckfighters: Universe

Very listenable crunchy stoner metal from Sweden's top (only?) desert rock band.


Thursday, May 1 2014

The Kooks: Down EP

The Kooks seem more comfortable than ever in their new '70s funk-inspired sound


Sam Shalabi: Music for Arabs

More "sonic art" than actual music (for Arabs, or anybody else).


Wednesday, April 30 2014

The Paper Sound: Trajectories

Detroit quartet serves up a record of nostalgia-tinged darkness surrounded by a corona of light.


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