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Review: Bailterspace – Trinine

Review: Bailterspace – Trinine
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 Let’s get easy comparisons out of the way—Bailterspace are often compared to certain American alternative bands from the angry alt ’80s and it’s not difficult to hear why on Trinine—Alister Parker’s monotonous singing and vicious guitar playing sounds so close to both Thurston Moore and J. Mascis. … read more

Review: Stagnant Pools – Geist

Review: Stagnant Pools – Geist
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I could probably fill most of the shoegaze reviews I write with half-hearted comparisons to Slowdive and be done with ’em. That’s what I thought here, at first, with the opening song “You Whir,” but a different narrative unfolded upon subsequent listenings. … read more

Review: Vaadat Charigim – The World Is Well Lost

Review: Vaadat Charigim – The World Is Well Lost
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The World abounds in primary shoegaze elements: swirls of lush guitar and nostalgic, monotone vocals. Tracks here move in and out of noise and meandering sonic contemplation, with a dark energy reminiscent of Slowdive’s Souvlaki. … read more

Review: Echo Lake – Era

Review: Echo Lake – Era
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Echo Lake = (Tamaryn / The Raveonettes / SPC ECO)^Deerhunter  … read more

Review: Gold-Bears – Dalliance

Review: Gold-Bears – Dalliance
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Dalliance, Gold-Bears’ follow-up to 2011’s Are You Falling in Love? on the incomparable indie label, Slumberland, exudes a shiny indie-pop presence under a fuzzy, folk punk veneer. … read more

Review: Eraas – Initiation

Review: Eraas – Initiation
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Initiation, Eraas’ second full-length album full of trip hop beats, kraut rock tempos and ethereal vocal samples, is remarkably hermetic and cohesive. Like Chelsea Wolfe, Eraas infuse their vocals with haunting echoes to create a kind of ominous atmosphere, especially on the sinister tracks such as “Old Magic” and “Above.”  … read more

Review: King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe – Sing More Songs Together…

Review: King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe – Sing More Songs Together…
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What can I tell you about this two-track collaboration that you aren’t already certain of? TJ Cowgill sounds like Michael Gira; Chelsea Wolfe is un-fuck-with-able, and the combo is, for a second time now, nothing short of incredible. … read more

Review: Metal Mother

Review: Metal Mother
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A project of Oakland native Taara Tati’s confident musicianship and dark-wave occultism, Metal Mother’s second album, Ionika, will surely make waves in that burgeoning ethereal-witchy-gothic-pop, post-Internet scene you either love or hate by now. … read more