Sunday, May 13 2007
A modestly unlikely Matador signing, Lavender Diamond debut with a humbly humdrum introduction.
The title is an overstatement and the cover design is ordinary but underneath the clumsy packaging thumps the heart of a very good debut bhangra album.
Déclassé's Remain Still, an experimental mix of electronic dance, new wave, emo-tinted goth rock. While an intriguing blend, the disc suffers a few pitfalls, but a diamond in the rough shines through.
Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.
Friday, May 11 2007
The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.
An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.
Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.
Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.
Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.
Rooted in folk yet with subtle pop overtones.
Wednesday, May 9 2007
Gorgeous, minimal orchestral compositions from this sophisticated Danish group of musicians
The hosts of BBC Radio's "The Blue Room" offer up a two-disc set of their favorite music. It's like getting a few great mixed CDs from your friend with the incredible record collection up the block.
A distant aural cousin to the scenes in the garden at the start of Blue Velvet.
The album has remarkable pep and energy, even if the ballad-heavy last third drags a little.
These two can craft some well-rounded and refined pop songs but is so mired in this realm that it almost lulls one to sleep.
Extremely attractive piano trio not unduly engrossed in its own inventions.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.
Mise En Abyme, an arty electro-rock band from Portland, exist in the small band realm -- this is their third album, but they're making no great play for accessibility.
Static of the Gods is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.
Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.