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Friday, September 5 2014

Tommy Alto: Atlas \\ Patterson EP

If you’re into art rock in any remote way, you’re bound to enjoy the boundless pleasures that Tommy Alto has to offer.

A Shoreline Dream: The Silent Sunrise

This is lazy, hazy stuff to daydream to on a day as vapour trails from the exhaust of commercial passenger planes flying overhead on a bright, sunny day.

Thursday, September 4 2014

Valery Gore: Idols in the Dark Heart

Idols in the Dark Heart is a beguiling album, one that charms the listener with its refusal to give into or yield towards being anything other than a painting or sculpture in sound.

Wednesday, September 3 2014

Mutual Benefit: The Cowboy’s Prayer EP

This reissue of the band's 2011 EP is the sound of Mutual Benefit at a particular point, displaying a fascination with the moments where pop music and more ethereal textures meet.

Shaky Knees: Seven Years

Seven Years is a close-to-30-minute blast of lilting folk rock and bracing rockers, which will definitely please people who like variety.

Quraishi: Mountain Melodies

Exquisite, calm, unbudgeable, Quaraishi plucks his way through nine samples of ancient and modern folklore, some of it composed by himself.

Tuesday, September 2 2014

The Wooden Sky: Let’s Be Ready

Overall, Let’s Be Ready is quite pleasing and should be an essential purchase for those into Canadian country rock.

Wish: Wish

For the most part, this is stellar stuff and is on a high orbit way above its peers.

Chicago Underground Duo: Locus

What may seem like improvisation becomes a particular point or a place and moves according to mathematically defined circumstances.

Tuesday, August 26 2014

SoHo Ghetto: Thou Or I Or Both

Thou Or I Or Both is a thrilling start to what looks to be a promising career.

Drew Nelson: The Other Side

Pick this up if you like some blues with a sense of adventure.

Monday, August 25 2014

Elephant Stone: Three Poisons

With just some minor tweaks and refinements, Elephant Stone could very well just be a band that is going to go places far and wide.

Vow: Make Me Yours EP

Make no mistake, folks: Vow is wow, and your speakers may never the same after playing this.

The Safes: Record Heat

Chicago garage-pop siblings deliver the goods, but will leave you hungry for more

Thursday, August 21 2014

Emily and the Complexes: Dirty Southern Love EP

Emily and the Complexes practically skip over genres, and that's what makes them so interesting.

Starfoxxx: Baby I’m Off Drugs and I’m Ready to Marry You

This virtually instrumental electronic album is a delightful and immersive listening experience.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate): You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

You Will Eventually Be Forgotten boasts some solid craftsmanship, which is quite endearing, but also has some wretched singing, making the proceeding seem rather average at best.

Wednesday, August 20 2014

Desertshore: Migrations of Glass

Migrations of Glass is a great record, one with as much control as wild abandon, as much structure as borderlessness.

Hearts of Oak: New England

This is a band that just wants to ride a certain lazy feeling, the kind of thing you can down beers to on your back porch.

Tara Beier: Purple Trees EP

If you’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind in Canadian indie rock, Tara Beier is definitely worth hearing.

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