OPUS – Autonomy Album Review

It’s almost guaranteed that if you’re in an instrumental band from Great Britain, your band will be more inclined to play post-rock of the Mogwai variety. England’s is no different. The EP Autonomy has some pieces that sound as if they were almost taken straight from some of Mogwai’s heavier sounds, only done somehow more recklessly. Listen to “Autonomy 3″ – DOWNLOAD MP3 The band really can’t be considered post-rock as the opening track on the EP blasts in with a more steady melodic punk attitude than anything else. In fact, a good portion of the song seems like a flat out hard rock song that was accidentally released before any vocal tracks were laid down. eventually settles down and

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Solar Bear – Captains Of Industry Album Review

Solar Bear’s six-track EP, Captains Of Industry, opens with “Logical Fallacy,” a minute-long intro track that sounds like a Refused track run through a grainy vintage filter. And if its title is any indicator, the song is a bit of a trick; it puts you off your guard, making you wonder whether your speakers are turned down or if the band just committed a newbie recording mistake. But no such mistakes here, as made evident by the next track, “The Endless Choir.” Angular riffs dance around tricky time signatures, immediately making me think, “Yes, Solar Bear! I hate your band name, but I’ll still give your post-hardcore stylings a whirl!” Listen to “The Endless Choir” – DOWNLOAD MP3

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La Femme – Le Podium 1 EP Album Review

A lean little 4-track EP, Le Podium #1 is a workout routine in La Femme’s ability to genre-hop. EP opener, “Sur La Planche,” boasts French lyrics that translate to, “On a surf board /On the beach, on the wave, I’m searching for sensations /On a surfboard, in the tubes, I’m searching for sensations/ You better not try and stop me from riding that wave, I’m invincible/ If you dare push me in the tube, I will be waiting for you on the beach, on the wave.” Appropriately, the song is filled with surf rock guitar lines, and it shows off the band’s ability to tease, being covertly sexual whilst being playful. Listen to “Sur La Planche” – DOWNLOAD MP3 “Telegraphe”‘s

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Dolorean – The Unfazed Album Review

It must be a blessing and a curse for Portland’s Dolorean that the similarly named Delorean, from Spain, have gotten so much buzz in the past year. While the latter has been blogged about by indie kids all over the world, inevitably some fans have accidentally stumbled across the former. The two bands sound nothing alike, but Dolorean looks poised to garner a good amount of attention with their latest effort, The Unfazed. This collection of songs came about when the band had some downtime, and they were unbelievably productive during this period. They produced not only this album, but an EP (Anticipation Blues), signed to Partisan records in the US and Fargo Records in Europe, got a new lead

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Dignan Porch – Tendrils Album Cover Review & Philippa Bloomfield Interview

Dignan Porch drummer, Philippa Bloomfield, is the designer behind this strange concoction. The photograph is pulled from the childhood photo albums of Bloomfield’s mother, and it shows her mother in a school play at the age of eleven. The people seem bite-sized, and the degraded film quality hints at passed time. “The album has a very nostalgic feel to it and I felt it was important to reflect this in the artwork,” says Bloomfield. The photo has bizarre and surrealistic qualities, despite the innocent and straight-forward subject matter. “I think it’s an amazing photo, so many weird things going on; my personal favourite being the girl dressed as a bear (or is it a cow?) on a string, and there

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The Heavens And The Earth – Kosmichete Album Review

The Heavens And The Earth occupy a weird, nebulous space in the music world, one that was previously not very populated, and even shoved aside by most critics. The term “dance rock,” historically only applied to pioneers like !!! and even way back to those like Joy Division, has now become a bit more crowded, with bands like Holy Fuck, The Rapture, Hot Chip, and Shy Child having a larger presence. The Heavens And The Earth has a much more electronic, bass heavy feel to it than most of the aforementioned bands, and the band’s debut EP, Kosmichete is instrumental, with the focus solely on the movement. The synths abound, and it the songs inspire a sort of head-bobbing that

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