Friday, April 4 2014
For Elevation: The Upper Air, Bernie Worrell leaves the funk at home. Light years away.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
Canadian newcomers weave their way through indie-rock conventions to produce overdone, mediocre material.
Too often the compositions on Distraction are presented as basic, but a flurry of instrumentation makes this basic nature seem too easy instead of straightforward.
Nothin' fancy or overly polished: just the blues.
Thursday, March 27 2014
A great first track shows off Wild Throne's potential. Unimpressive second and third tracks make this EP depressingly average.
Oi! rockers release another installment.
For listeners in the right mood, the slowing of the clock will bless them with bliss.
It's the sparkle of the mid-century rumba guitar and its northwest descendents that Carbono seems to love most.
Monday, March 24 2014
Stepdad continues its uninterrupted string of solid releases.
There must be something in that Newcastle water...
Molly Drake isn't mere preamble to her son Nick Drake's impressive career. This is Molly Drake's record, her story, and she tells it with heartbreaking beauty.
Honkytonk Québécois folklore with lots of stomp.
Thursday, March 20 2014
The Worth EP, at its best, recalls the finest electronica of the 1980s, offering a great musical throwback.
Pow!'s combination of speak-sung vocals and synth noise can be off-putting. But it feels like it's supposed to be that way -- this is dystopian San Francisco via a synth-punk band.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Novick's excellent second solo record provides a varied and fascinating exploration of folk traditions.
Seattle-based loud rock outfit Helms Alee mixes together an array of rock and metal genres, all the while offering up actual hooks. If it's on-paper ridiculous, it's also executed surprisingly well.
Swirling guitar riffs buttress intense vocals with lyrics so repetitive they function as mantras. And a 40-minute interview with an ex-porn star. Try Me is an acquired taste, to say the least.
Monday, March 17 2014
The fifth album from the Danish indie-pop trio is their deepest, richest yet.
Dave Rempis has had many projects. This is one of the great ones.
Enter Jóhannsson's dark and haunting atmosphere full of tension, turmoil and suspense.