Wednesday, September 12 2007
ALthough she echoes Chan Marshall, Alina Simone sounds determined to get her own thing going on Placelessness.
By the end of these 40 minutes you can almost smell the cigarette smoke, cheap scotch, cologne and sweat emanating from Mayer's powder-blue polyester suit.
Child Bite isn't bad, but without more of a distinctive hook their audience will likely remain primarily local.
With a feel for the earthy jangle of bands like REM and Son Volt, and a touch of country influence and melodic sensibilities that allow many of their hooks to take flight, this Knoxville, Tennessee quartet's first full length is a mostly winning combination of heartland and modern rock tones.
A great jazz guitarist in mostly a non-great sub-genre.
Tuesday, September 11 2007
A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s collaboration with The Hun Hangár Ensemble continues its journey into the musical forms of the Old World of Europe.
For their second record with Half a Cow, Melbourne's the Triangles create a bright sort of suburban indie pop.
VHS or Beta's Zeke Buck's new duo lays down big anguished guitars next to synthy soundwashes... in a weird hybrid of the Cure and Nirvana.
The 20-track collection from the Psychic Circle label boasts a slew of obscure British psych-pop from 1966-1969.
Electronica and classical Chinese music don’t seem to be the blend of perfection.
Monday, September 10 2007
Who needs to break new ground when you're breakin' it down?
Anderson drops the brooding act and throws a party on his new record.
With a whirl of rock, pop and electronic textures weaving in and out Girl Nobody fall somewhere between The Organ and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Mineo's orchestral offerings on Man in Space are spine-tingling at most points. Shrill noises and squeals peek around each slowly churning cello arrangement, as a great deal of machines lend a manic atmosphere to each piece.
Singer Kristy Hanson has a sweet pop voice that’s terribly hard to separate from the likes of Natalie Merchant and Lisa Loeb, among others.
Sunday, September 9 2007
The third album from Toronto singer-songwriter Liz Hysen's group is experimental and darkly lovely in equal measure.
Despite a couple of missteps, 108 sounds alive and ready to take on the world once more.
Bassoonist and jazzman, the remarkable synthesis that is Daniel Smith!
Ferocious all-girl group from Japan gives us more thrashing, screaming, lovably cartoonish aggression.
One riddim, a roster of well-respected reggae veterans and new generation greats.