Wednesday, September 25 2013
This fully contained 7-inch EP from San Fran punks Scraper isn't something we see too often, and certainly not something we see done this well.
One doesn't have to be Nathaniel Hawthorne to know that sometimes veils reveal more than they hide.
These songs are all surrounded by space they can echo out into, and at times, these 16-bit layers hit with surprising force.
Tuesday, September 24 2013
This is a vibrant and exciting rock record, one that finds this young band finding its own voice by honoring (and sometimes matching) its forefathers.
One veteran, one newbie -- one of them is truly doing the Free Flying.
On Handpicked, Earl Klugh keeps the script simple, but quite effective.
Monday, September 23 2013
There is no dearth of instrumental experimental rock records on 2013 shelves, but the former Red Hot Chili Pepper offers an EP that stands out.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
One tiny leap with one foot in the 1990s.
Tuesday, September 17 2013
See how the father of 'ambient drum'n'bass' evolved his sound into gorgeous modern classical.
Thursday, September 12 2013
At its best, Ritter’s music shimmers.
The folk-pop duo Lowland Hum focuses mostly on small details writ large in these songs, making Native Air a confident and impressive debut.
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.