Thursday, September 12 2013
A fine song gets a perfectly serviceable EP that will appeal to diehard fans and completists only.
Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall can and will compel and frighten in equal measure.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
Lucian Ban's Elevation (mostly) forsakes mystery for a fashionable stroll through the cafe.
The Canadian group aims big for its sophomore full-length.
The key sound on this album is the partnership of harshness with softness.
Friday, August 30 2013
The best moments show Crystal Dorval as a bright new voice, but too often that voice gets drowned out by too much production or too little sonic shape.
Mayors of Miyazaki offer up a tight, fun album of post-punk (math-rock division). Lots of shouting, lots of interesting, angular guitar leads and chugging riffs. Occasional snatches of actual melody.
A terrific album of swampy, crunchy rawk.
Thursday, August 22 2013
Recalling an industrial music that once was, this Brooklyn collective’s latest operates as far outside accepted categories of contemporary electronic music as possible.
Australian trio Lace Curtain's debut 12" for Mexican Summer, Falling/Running, incorporates a wide range of influences from electronic music, spanning '80s synth pop and contemporary groups such as Light Asylum.
House music that's like a summer breeze, and just as fleeting.
Tuesday, August 20 2013
This husband and wife duo sound remarkably like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and this album picks up where Grievous Angel left off.
Travis Bretzer's honest approach to songwriting comes through the otherwise scattershot Making Love EP.
The sound of post-recession hardcore kids, pissed off and fed up with the realities of millennial life.
Skynyrd on steroids, via Italy.
Wednesday, August 14 2013
Exploring the byways of three Celtic traditions.
Jazz history texts should be re-written to include the study of this chapter of Jazz Haus' Lost Tapes series.
This is the best way to listen to Ramesh I think, in a large handpicked block.
Tuesday, August 13 2013
These Australian bluegrass pickers stand toe to toe with their American contemporaries on their strong second album.
As the name implies, there's not much happening up there.