Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Film – Eclipse Album Review (Inner Ear Records)

The presence of a certain amount of retro sensibility on Film's Eclipse is indisputable, in fact embraced, but its initially high level of surface visibility only draws attention from the sum of their process for so long. The Vangelis synths and throwback science fiction effects (appropriately, there is a song here called "Star Wars") are...
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Dream Police – Hypnotized & Cult of Youth – Final Days Comparative Album Reviews (Sacred Bones)

Every record is an island. An artist’s statements shouldn’t always be judged on trends, the label they’re on, or what other people are doing. Perhaps they shouldn’t even be judged against that artist’s own work. It’s all too common in the current state of music journalism or criticism to hear, “This isn’t as good as...Read...
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Grouper – Ruins Album Review (kranky)

Ruins, as a word, can mean two things: as a noun, it is a decrepit run-down structure, no longer inhabited. Ruins, as a verb, is to degrade something, to bring about its demise, to fall into ruin. This ambiguity of meaning reveals a hidden face in Grouper’s new album, which is much concerned with uncertainty,...
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Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – Slant of Light Album Review (Thrill Jockey Records)

The harp, as an instrument, seems to inherently conjure medieval, Celtic, or angelic imagery. When it is joined by swirling synthesizers and bilious clouds of delayed guitars, the brain is left with all manner of interesting juxtapositions, like a tea room melting into sea foam, or some fictitious movie with moonbeams, meteor showers, and unicorns....
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