Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place Album Review

It’s really easy to get lost within The Magic Place, Julianna Barwick’s debut on Asthmatic Kitty. It’s full of cathedral-reverbed voices looped against one another, intertwining into lines that float into space and little else. Minimal, definitely. The vibe of the album is one that comes off partly as cinematic cloud formation and partly as...Read...
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Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence Album Review

NYC-based foursome Asobi Seksu — meaning “casual sex” in Japanese — released its newest album, Fluorescence, on February 15th. The dream pop escapist melodies are made for cruising the coast with a lover or plunging headfirst into an icy ocean of emotion and despair, making the gauzy tracks a well-timed drop for the day after...Read...
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MEN – Talk About Body Album Review

The debut LP release by MEN — JD Samson of Le Tigre’s newest project — released early this month. Known for funky DIY outfits (mouse house hats!) and topical lyrics with the goal of giving a voice to the young and the lesbian, Talk About Body opened to mixed reviews. The album is criticized primarily...Read...
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Bruise Cruise – Limited Edition 7″ Records Album Cover Art Review & Interview

Every year, Bruise Cruise transports a cruise-load of individuals from Miami to the Bahamas, for an alcohol-fueled and music-driven party on the water. This year’s seven-concert event will take place over the course of four days, hosted by Chain And The Gang’s dry-humored Ian Svenonius, and featuring music from Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Vivian Girls,...Read...
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BEEP – City Of The Future Album Review

The San Francisco trio, BEEP, is equal parts experimental electronica, free jazz, and jam band — a delectable mishmashing, ragbagging, hodgepodging mingle-mangle of sounds. The band’s latest record, City Of The Future, will tickle the sensibilities of easily distracted individuals, while driving fans of the orderly to the brink of insanity. “Golden Chinese Amulet” kicks...Read...
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Olekranon – {bilal} Album Review

Sometimes the most unlikely of music can only be described as “centering.” On the surface, Olekranon’s {bilal} is quite blatant and in-your-face. The album has a lot going on in the way of textures; sounds are layered with density, feedback and distortion play major roles, and a fair amount of industrial and experimental elements take...Read...
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BRAIDS – Native Speaker Album Review

Canada has given us a lot to work with in terms of music, specifically indie rock. Scores of baby Brooklyn bands have tried to imitate the success of giants like Broken Social Scene, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Arcade Fire, with mixed success. BRAIDS is one of Canada’s most recent cultural contributions, and it is...Read...
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The Acorn – No Ghost Album Cover Review

For The Acorn’s latest album, No Ghost, band member Howard Tsui was enlisted to create the album artwork. The chosen cover piece, entitled Spectral Residue, is thematically appropriate, and showcases Tsui’s knack to draw influence from the supernatural. To quote Tsui’s artist statement about the series: “Abstract shapes and gestural brushstrokes are applied to rice...Read...
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