Album Reviews

  1. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

    “Baby, Back” by San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt is one of those exceptional tunes that immediately stands out as both timeless and unique. Indeed, thanks to the lo-fi quality of Pratt’s recording and the simplicity of the arrangement, it’s easy to imagine the track as some lost folk masterpiece recorded in the late 60’s or early Continue…

    Jessica Pratt's new album "On Your Own Love Again" is absolutely brimming with all of the natural beauty and darkly-cast mystery of a fog-filled redwood grove.

  2. Naïm Amor – Hear The Walls

    “When you turn the music off, you can hear the walls, the soul of one specific place, its nude ambiance that makes it so unique. This album fits the moment and the place when you decide to finally turn the music on again and . . . listen.” Outsiders (like myself) are sometimes surprised by Continue…

  3. Kindness – Otherness

    Genres are an infuriatingly inadequate means of describing a song. Pop in particular is an incredibly amorphous genre. For example, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was a pop hit in 1960. Compare that one to Radiohead’s 2000 opus Kid A – also described as pop music (including by frontman Thom Yorke) – and you’ll struggle to find much in the Continue…

  4. Ejecta – Dominae

    If you’re not already familiar with them, Ejecta is the project of vocalist/songwriter Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin). It’s also a character the duo created as inspiration for the project. In volcanology, ejecta refers to the “the sediment which settles to the ocean floor after an eruption or seismic shift” Continue…

  5. Caribou – Our Love

    In many ways, I believe that the best musicians treat “genre” as little more than a canvas for songs that could – hypothetically at least – exist in many different formats. And when they get bored with a genre, they move on to a new one. Or, alternately, they simply cherry pick their favorite elements Continue…

  6. Alvvays – Alvvays

    Relatable and infectious, the debut record by Toronto-based jangle pop rockers Alvvays (pronounced “always” in case you were wondering) is proof that a band doesn’t need to surprise you to win over your heart. Indeed, the canvas of choice for the Molly Rankin-led band’s self-titled debut is fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie pop a la every fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie Continue…

  7. Salt Cathedral – Oom Velt EP

    The story behind the sophomore EP, Oom Velt, from our friends in Brooklyn-via-Bogota’s Salt Cathedral is the ongoing story of their search for their own identity as artists and their evolution as a band. Indeed, last year’s self-titled debut EP was a collection of angular math rock and stuttering indie vibes. It was excellent and marked the band as one Continue…

  8. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

    For at least three decades stretching from the 1940’s through the 1960’s, the Brill Building in NYC was an incredibly important part of American pop music. By the 1940’s it was already home to numerous music publishers; and by the early 1960’s as many as 165 music businesses operated from the address. It was a powerhouse for songwriting, publishing, Continue…

  9. Zammuto – Anchor

    If you ever took an advanced art class, you probably had one person in your class who was lightyears ahead of everyone else in terms of both innate talent and creativity. This was the person who had the most insane/ambitious ideas for projects and somehow always – always – executed them flawlessly. I have a suspicion that Nick Zammuto, Continue…

  10. Spoon – They Want My Soul

    Spoon - Rent I Pay

    “It sounds like a Spoon album,” is how a friend described Spoon‘s latest full length They Want My Soul. And, for the most part, she’s right. It’s fastidiously produced. It’s a rock ‘n roll album. It packs plenty of “boom” to stand out at a crowded, lively gathering and, yet, sounds even better on a pair Continue…

  11. Jungle – Jungle

    Following a series of no less than six singles dropped over the past year, UK-based duo Jungle have earned our attention with a slick mix of smokey soul, swagger-filled indie funk, and headphones-friendly disco. With that much hustle, it was easy to pick them as one of our top new artists to watch this year. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, they also demonstrated that they Continue…

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