Thursday, June 21 2007
Ann Arbor, Michigan's Chris Bathgate has the kind of distinctive, intimate voice that fans of acoustic indie-folk rock adore.
Experiments heavily with dark beats and tweaks disco lines.
With this double A-Side release, Beats and Rhymes fails to inject compelling hip-hop into the underground, a place where experimentation thrives.
With just two songs it’s a memorable and very pretty 20-minute effort.
The ebb and flow of the album is quite refreshing, making for a very good record from top to bottom.
Wednesday, June 20 2007
Rock? Jazz? Post-rock? Improv? Danish band Slaraffenland is hard to categorize but easy to listen to.
It's his best (and probably one of the year's best singer/songwriter discs).
Consider the album a cry of help from our animal friends -- but with an arena-rock slant.
Indie power pop supergroup falls a bit flat.
Hello Lovers could be your ray of sunshine…or the cause of a severe headache. In any case, they have an accordion.
Tuesday, June 19 2007
Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.
Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone captures the soulful drawl of this Rust Belt bluesman without losing any of his rock 'n' roll swagger.
Rock drenched in an upbeat stupor.
Emo band seeks to appeal to more current trends in music (see: Muse).
Lowman spent three years making this lush, orchestral pop album; and it sounds like it was well worth the wait.
Monday, June 18 2007
In a time when even former child stars and lingerie-hawking indie pinups have critics swooning over a few vocal twangs, it’s refreshing and reassuring
Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.
Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.
Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.
A clumsy lob back to an early '90s sound.