Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, November 5 2014

Virginia Wing: Measures Of Joy

Experimental pop group Virginia Wing fulfills the promise of their early releases with this, their debut full-length.


Loveskills: Pure EP

Buy this EP if you’re fondly nostalgic for ‘90s alt-rock done dance-style, and stick around for some highly entertaining and engaging electonic songs that stand up in their own right.


Tuesday, November 4 2014

Major League: There’s Nothing Wrong With Me

When they let the music carry the day over the lyrics, Major League is a volatile rock act with a subtle streak.


Shauli Einav: A Truth About Me

Shauli Einav has been overcome by the city of love and light. Everyone benefits.


Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce: Live

Live is a fun disc, full of hip swaying boogies.


Battle Trance: Palace of Wind

Travis Laplante's new band couldn't have come up with a better name for the debut if they tried.


Sunday, November 2 2014

Roxanna: Exotica

Roxanna does possess expressive vocal talents, and, given her nursing background, this is music that is healing and soothing.


Thursday, October 30 2014

Julien Sagot: Valse 333

Valse 333 is art, accessibly weird and wonderful art, and a real bonbon for those who savour richness in their music.


Dona Onete: Feitiço Caboclo

Looking around for translations of the Portuguese lyrics, I find out that I've been listening to her request kisses from a beer-wet mouth.


Titanics: Deeper

Icy beats, glimmering guitar lines, and subtly flowing melodies meld into a chillwave atmosphere on Albany duo's new EP.


The Archers: These Wicked Woods

Anyone looking for the secret ingredient in maple syrup might want to check these guys out, as, once you boil their music down, it’s pretty sweet.


Monday, October 27 2014

Ought: Once More With Feeling…

On the band's new EP, Ought proves it is a band without borders, one that can pull in all directions without snapping.


Kypski: Wreck Fader

If you’re looking for a sonic adventure, and love the sound and warmth of old analog records mixed in with squelchy keyboard sounds, look no further.


Courage My Love: Skin and Bone (Remix EP)

“Skin and Bone” seems to be a good song, but it’s like these remixers were all in the same room, sharing the same ideas.


Thursday, October 23 2014

Vogue Dots: Mauka EP

This group definitely shows that it is in vogue with the times and makes an arresting brand of glitchy music.


Jesse Marchant: Jesse Marchant

Brooklyn singer-songwriter finds solace in reflection with his self-titled full-length.


Land Observations: The Grand Tour

Former Appliance guy continues solo guitar quest.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

The Elwins: And I Thank You

This reissue of the Elwins' 2012 self-released album has multiple reference points in describing its sound, all leading to '70s-style pop.


Christine Fellows: Burning Daylight

This album will be of particular interest to those who long for the cold and want to know more about Canada’s Arctic heritage.


Tuesday, October 21 2014

Fire/Works: Shenanigans

Shenanigans, at the end of the day, is one of the better, if not one of the best, records released on an independent Canadian label this year.


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