Like a child of privilege in the nursery, confronted with a whole pile of exotic things to dress up in, only to create a set of curious costumes based on the fact that there’s just too much to pick, this record trips around in a state of undress.
Continue reading “Julia Holter – Ekstatsis”
What strikes you most though aren’t clever references to other acts, but the great sense of balance inherent in the album, it’s not one of those records where you think the band is too formulaic or nervous about setting their ideas out.
Continue reading “Zammuto – Zammuto”
Lay your trend-goggles aside: forget that this lot have been lauded by Ice Cube, Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey. This is a killer record, and you need it.
Continue reading “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – Salone”
And the last track Lay Your Cheek On Down is akin to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, it’s massive, yearning and bodice ripping in equal measure. Big hit, no doubt.
Continue reading “Moonface – Heartbreaking Bravery”
You get the feeling this band have a hell of a record in them if only they’d let a little light on their personalities, pay a little less attention to perfecting their craft and be a bit more strident in their voyeurism.
Continue reading “The Megaphonic Thrift – The Megaphonic Thrift”
His vision is at once open for immediate inspection, delineated through a concise structure and in this case a clear narrative, but also one that is completely wild…
Continue reading “Conrad Schnitzler – Endtime”
Just when you think you’ve heard this stuff a lot, the refrain socks you with its arching, Valkerie-like harmonies. Truly portentous stuff.
Continue reading “September Girls – Secret Lovers / Wanting More (demo)”
Yin and Yang. I like this record, and I think they have talent.
Continue reading “Aggi Doom – Bring Me the Head b/w Cakewalk”
Of course it’s nigh on impossible to listen to this in one go, from start to finish, but each remix has merit. Worth a listen for sure.
Continue reading “IndianRedLopez – Promixeus”
There is a quiet, almost reverential vibe to this record, nothing is bombastic, and for an instrumental record it’s rare in that it doesn’t wig out or try to make a racket.
Continue reading “Fighting Kites – S/T”