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Wednesday, September 10 2014

Tanya Tagaq: Animism

One of the most radically bewildering symbioses of voice and field recording I've ever heard.

Tuesday, September 9 2014

Love Inks: Exi

Two girls. A guy. Vocals. A vintage drum machine. Guitar. Keyboard. And that's it.

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Iguana - Vibes EP

Soaring reggae vocals over a nicely varied bunch of new-school dub riddims from Lee "Scratch" and new associate Iguana.

Oumar Konate: Addoh

Plenty of grinding jangle on the debut solo album from this talented Malian guitarist.

Friday, September 5 2014

Tommy Alto: Atlas \\ Patterson EP

If you’re into art rock in any remote way, you’re bound to enjoy the boundless pleasures that Tommy Alto has to offer.

A Shoreline Dream: The Silent Sunrise

This is lazy, hazy stuff to daydream to on a day as vapour trails from the exhaust of commercial passenger planes flying overhead on a bright, sunny day.

Thursday, September 4 2014

Valery Gore: Idols in the Dark Heart

Idols in the Dark Heart is a beguiling album, one that charms the listener with its refusal to give into or yield towards being anything other than a painting or sculpture in sound.

Wednesday, September 3 2014

Mutual Benefit: The Cowboy’s Prayer EP

This reissue of the band's 2011 EP is the sound of Mutual Benefit at a particular point, displaying a fascination with the moments where pop music and more ethereal textures meet.

Shaky Knees: Seven Years

Seven Years is a close-to-30-minute blast of lilting folk rock and bracing rockers, which will definitely please people who like variety.

Quraishi: Mountain Melodies

Exquisite, calm, unbudgeable, Quaraishi plucks his way through nine samples of ancient and modern folklore, some of it composed by himself.

Tuesday, September 2 2014

The Wooden Sky: Let’s Be Ready

Overall, Let’s Be Ready is quite pleasing and should be an essential purchase for those into Canadian country rock.

Wish: Wish

For the most part, this is stellar stuff and is on a high orbit way above its peers.

Chicago Underground Duo: Locus

What may seem like improvisation becomes a particular point or a place and moves according to mathematically defined circumstances.

Tuesday, August 26 2014

SoHo Ghetto: Thou Or I Or Both

Thou Or I Or Both is a thrilling start to what looks to be a promising career.

Drew Nelson: The Other Side

Pick this up if you like some blues with a sense of adventure.

Monday, August 25 2014

Elephant Stone: Three Poisons

With just some minor tweaks and refinements, Elephant Stone could very well just be a band that is going to go places far and wide.

Vow: Make Me Yours EP

Make no mistake, folks: Vow is wow, and your speakers may never the same after playing this.

The Safes: Record Heat

Chicago garage-pop siblings deliver the goods, but will leave you hungry for more

Thursday, August 21 2014

Emily and the Complexes: Dirty Southern Love EP

Emily and the Complexes practically skip over genres, and that's what makes them so interesting.

Starfoxxx: Baby I’m Off Drugs and I’m Ready to Marry You

This virtually instrumental electronic album is a delightful and immersive listening experience.

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