S.L.F.M.
S.L.F.M. (Sailor’s Life For Me)
Self-Released
Street: 08.01
S.L.F.M.= Tune-yards + Regina Spektor
If a hummingbird princess was tangled in ukulele strings, she would sound like S.L.F.M. Despite the potential for cute homogeneity, S.L.F.M. blends inevitable quiet love songs with distorted (but always melodic) rock sounds. The tracks are unprocessed and recorded live. Let’s talk about moustaches: No album has ever pushed as much moustache propaganda as this. Imagine an upbeat CocoRosie without the baggage of vice. At times the music sounds hurried and is difficult to follow unless all focus is given to the track. “Optimistic Optical Illusions” and “Always Cry Wolf” climax in ear candy falsetto refrains and demand full attention to be enjoyed.

Patter Stats
What is this Beast?
Self-Released
Street: 04.02
Patterstats = Pavement + Bloc Party
Listen to this album with headphones. Listen to every album with headphones, for that matter. The two guitars harmonize through stereo and you probably won’t notice unless you are plugged in. What is this Beast? Well, this beast balances energy and harmony in a way that not many albums do. At the end of each track my ears begged for another, and the variety of the album is impressive. Fans of local Will Sartain may be particularly keen to hear this. The lyrics occasionally felt awkward, but overall this is a local production worthy of recognition. Listen to it.