Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Buke & Gass – Riposte Album Review

Buke & Gass certainly make music that is both adorably charming and unbelievably grating. Their latest album, Riposte, clocks in at just under 45-minutes, but its 14 tracks seem to go on forever in what feels like an off-the-wall, high-energy experimental pop-rock marathon. Like a mixture of Nedelle Torrisi of Cryptacize and Hayley Williams of...Read...
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Film School – Fission Album Review

Maybe it should be said as a precursor to this review that I’m a complete sucker for most of what the music world likes to call “shoegaze,” so it goes without saying that I was an enormous fan of both of this Bay Area band’s previous full-length albums, even though they often veer into retro...Read...
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The Budos Band – III Album Review

The Budos Band is one of the foremost U.S.-based Afrobeat groups performing today. It is no surprise that their third album, simply titled III, takes the listener on a funky journey that will please not only long-time listeners but also those new to the genre. The record’s initial Eyptian theme is deceiving; each of the...Read...
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Grand Lake – Blood Sea Dream Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

Blood Sea Dream is Grand Lake’s full-length debut. Eschewing any usual monikers, the Oakland quartet consider their music “fuckwave,” a tag which questions their attachment to categorization. This encapsulates the spirit of an album likely to be smothered by typical calls for cohesion or clarity. Just observe its title; an awareness of the unconscious mind...Read...
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Secret Colours – Self-Titled Album Review

Now the obvious critique I’m sure most people would offer in regards to a band like Chicago’s Secret Colours would be: lack of originality, plain and simple. But since this is tasty psych/garage stuff, I’m not even going to waste my time with any of that bullshit. If your idea of a party involves “LSD,...Read...
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Kyle Andrews – KANGAROO Album Review

Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Kyle Andrews is releasing his 18-minute EP (with one remix track) just in the nick of time. KANGAROO comes out the tail end of August, and it is a summery blockbuster of an album — a caffeine-riddled energetic blast full of feel-good pop songwriting. The synthpop songs are short, sweet, and guaranteed to...Read...
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Geographer – Animal Shapes Album Review

  Geographer’s new EP, Animal Shapes, is a pop rock album with a mixture of synthetic and natural elements. The band consists of three members: Michael Deni (guitar, synth, vocals), Nathan Blaz (cello), and Brian Ostreicher (drums). Geographer often mixes an organic cello and airy vocals with synthetic beats, creating an interesting contrast. The melodies...Read...