Album Reviews

  1. TK023: Bells Atlas – Untitled & Video Star b/w Motion Picture Soundtrack

    It’s always exciting to discover a new band creating innovative and exciting music, but it’s even better when you find that awesome discovery in your own backyard (figuratively speaking of course). And, without a doubt, “excited” is the perfect word to describe how I felt when I first heard Bells Atlas. Formed back in 2011 Continue…

  2. Musical Pairings: Hospital Ships – Destruction In Yr Soul

    When Lawrence, Kansas-based Jordan Geiger (Minus Story, Shearwater) started recording under the name Hospital Ships, it was little more than a bedroom recording project. Nearly 5 years later, it’s hard to believe the band started from such humble beginnings. Since it’s founding, Hospital Ships has evolved into a four-piece band and their latest album, Destruction In Continue…

  3. Musical Pairings: Ski Lodge – Big Heart

    Some albums are awesome because they are “different” and new sounding. That’s at least partially why we love albums by artists like The xx, Purity Ring, James Blake, and MØ. Conversely, other albums, like Big Heart by NYC-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marr (a.k.a. Ski Lodge), are great specifically because they are familiar and Continue…

  4. Single Serving: /please/ – E.P.

    Bristol-based /please/ (a.k.a. Ellen Davies) makes music that is almost certain to make your heart ache in the best possible way. Much like Youth Lagoon’s The Year of Hibernation, Davies weaves lovely, texturally-lush pop tapestries that are enigmatically distant and draped in warm, fluttery distortion. But where Youth Lagoon painted his first masterpiece with brightly Continue…

  5. Single Serving: Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection

    Greek duo Keep Shelly In Athens continues to impress with their latest single “Recollection.” The tune balances a straight-forward, downtempo beat with soft, pulsating synths to forge a warm, shuffling ambiance to accompany Sarah P.’s clipped and shuffled vocals. I don’t know about you, but it’s left me eager to hear the rest of the LP. At-Home will Continue…

  6. Single Serving: Pure Bathing Culture – Dream The Dare

    Although there are many albums that I’m looking forward to in the second half of the year, Pure Bathing Culture‘s Moon Tides is one of my most highly anticipated. And if I needed another reason to get excited, then the album’s second single “Dream The Dare” nailed it. It’s a psychedelic, reverb-drenched folk-ballad built around Continue…

  7. Single Serving Premiere: Seamonster – Tiny Apocalypse (David Byrne Cover)

    Our friend (and former Pairings Box artist) Seamonster has set off on a new project featuring a series of covers called “Music for People” which he’ll be releasing to fill in the gap between albums. The first installment in the series is a cover of David Byrne’s “Tiny Apocalypse” and, man, is it ever a good time. It’s a Continue…

  8. Single Serving: Salt Cathedral – Salt Cathedral EP

    To mark the release of their debut EP, our friends in Brooklyn’s Salt Cathedral recently released their latest single “Move Along” (a version of which appeared on a recent Pairings Box single). I previously described the track by noting “it unfurls with tight percussion built on clicking drumsticks and tight cymbal taps. An initially restrained, Continue…

  9. Musical Pairings: Local Natives – Hummingbird

    On their sophomore album, Hummingbird, Local Natives trade in the exuberant, cinematic choruses and hyper-charged rhythms that marked Gorilla Manor for an overall atmosphere that is far more elegant and understated than anything they’d released before. Indeed, on their first album the band favored intense, often explosive bouts of drumming that felt tribal and hyperactive. Continue…

  10. Single Serving: GEMS – Sinking Stone

    As you may have heard, we’re HUGE fans of D.C. based duo GEMS around here. Honestly, they are one of our favorite bands in the whole world. So, as you can imagine, we’re incredibly excited about their new single “Sinking Stone.” The glistening, atmospheric groove is their most sonically textured track to date with it’s Continue…

  11. Musical Pairings: Case Studies – This Is Another Life

    Case Studies is the is the project of Seattle-songwriter Jesse Lortz (formerly from the band The Dutchess and the Duke). This Is Another Life is his second release as Case Studies via Sacred Bones Records. As was true with his debut solo LP, This Is Another Life is an album of dusty, plaintive folk-rock. Dark but easy melodies flow Continue…

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