Review: Selaxon Lutberg – Simboli Accidentali

Review: Selaxon Lutberg – Simboli Accidentali
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Straight up, this album will be playing when your soul goes through purgatory and wanders wistfully from heaven to hell. Fully ambient music is not my cup of tea, but this is something I’d listen to if I wanted to have a drug-induced, life-changing experience. … read more

Review: Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves

Review: Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves
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Is this the Return of the Grievous Angel? Not quite. While the broad strokes of Cosmic American Music are present here, Natural Child come well short of Gram Parson’s territory, instead sounding like the fat trimmed off Exile on Main St. being gargled by Tom Petty. … read more

Review: Sherman Baker – Self-Titled

Review: Sherman Baker – Self-Titled
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Is it just me (it usually is), or are our soundwaves over-saturated with quiet, reflective singer songwriters, playing the kind of bland folk that attracts men who use mustache combs and apprentice beekeepers? Sherman Baker might quell this problem. … read more

 
 
Review: Snowmine – Dialects

Review: Snowmine – Dialects
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Sounding a bit like an unsigned 4AD band complete with moody, ethereal backgrounds, lush orchestrations and sometimes-coherent-sometimes-not vocals—the Brooklyn quintet certainly distances itself from its contemporaries by creating everything by hand. … read more

Review: Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y. EP

Review: Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y. EP
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Ian Orth’s edits, meant for Austin’s electro dance Learning Secrets, ended up as the four songs on this EP and are typical electro-pop of the moment—but I feel as if there’s nothing super enticing or even pleasantly generic about them (though a Baio remix of the title track provides a nice twist on the EP’s singular sound). … read more

Review: The Ska-Skank Redemption – Wicked Bees

Review: The Ska-Skank Redemption – Wicked Bees
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Songs like “Hit ‘n’ Run” and “Age of Wine” resemble the traditional dance-like ska beat. “Minnesota” brings a lot more emphasis on the guitar, giving the song a more raw, punk rock edge to the EP—all while lead singer Dan Christianson upholds clean and emotional vocals similar to that of Billie Joe Armstrong. … read more

Review: Talvihorros – Eaten Alive

Review: Talvihorros – Eaten Alive
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This album is full of pretty and cute melodies made weird by distortions and reverbs. Almost every single track consisted of me saying, “Oh, hey this is nice” to “Oh wait, weird as fuck” within a five-second time frame. It’s especially prominent in the track “Four Walls,” with consistent clockwork ticking in the background with threatening melodies slowly fading in. … read more

Review: Painted Palms – Forever

Review: Painted Palms – Forever
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Painted Palms’ debut EP, Canopy, saw its release in 2011 and was later discovered by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes. After gaining momentum from touring with them and STRFKR, Painted Palms has released a stellar LP, which sounds as vintage as it does modern.  … read more

Review: The Slow Death – No Heaven

Review: The Slow Death – No Heaven
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No Heaven is a combination of fast, loud and angry Oi! music, with whiskey-soaked vocals, layered with dark, depressing lyrics.  So, like the number “I Need A Drink,” I need to get myself a pick-me-up after this one. … read more