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Swearin' - Surfing Strange


Swearin’ – Surfing Strange

Artist: Swearin' Album: Surfing Strange Released: November 5th, 2013 Label: Salinas Records “I’ll follow you anywhere. How could anyone spoil your fun?” sings Allison Crutchfield on “Young,” describing exactly how I feel about Swearin’. This formerly Philadelphia-based band debuted last year with a self-titled album of high-energy DIY pop-punk. Now, with Surfing Strange, they’ve slowed down to a mellower mid-paced tempo, giving the band room to show off some truly […]

todayApril 4, 2014 16

Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas


Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Artist: Courtney Barnett Album Title: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Released: October 15th, 2013 Label: Milk! Records Website: Procrastinators, meet your new poet laureate. Courtney Barnett is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from Melbourne, Australia with a gift for tapping into the consciousness of the archetypal slacker. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, her debut full-length, sets her deadpanned musings against an inviting backdrop of mellow, Pavement-meets-Neil-Young-and-Crazy-Horse […]

todayNovember 15, 2013 8

Julia Holter - Loud City Song


Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Artist:  Julia Holter Album Title: Loud City Song Released: August 20th, 2013 Label: Domino Website: Contrary to the title, Julia Holter’s Loud City Song is refreshingly sparse and subtle. Her first album produced in a professional studio after two home-recorded full-lengths, Loud City Song immerses the listener in a world of dimly lit streets and lonely nighttime locales. “World” opens the album with a striking use of negative space: […]

todayOctober 4, 2013 7

Louise Burns – The Midnight Mass


Louise Burns – The Midnight Mass

Artist: Louise Burns Album Title: The Midnight Mass Label: Light Organ Records Release Date: July 9th, 2013 Website:  Louise Burns, from Vancouver, British Columbia, clearly has a flair for darkness. On The Midnight Mass, her second album, Burns melds dream pop with gothed-out 80’s post-punk influences; think Beach House cross-bred with early Cocteau Twins, simultaneously lush and skeletal. While the music is comfortably familiar, Burns’ voice sets her apart from her peers. […]

todaySeptember 26, 2013 24

Feathers – If All Now Here


Feathers – If All Now Here

Artist: Feathers Album: If All Now Here Label: Nyx Released: May 28, 2013 Website: If All Now Here, the debut album from Austin’s own Feathers, offers a satisfying collection of dark electronic pop. Vocalist and primary songwriter Anastasia Dimou sings over a bed of 80’s-flavored synths and ominous, medium-tempo beats, often to mesmerizing effect. This combination works best on standout tracks like “Dark Matter,” where Dimou layers several interlocking […]

todaySeptember 19, 2013 12

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - YT//ST


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST

Artist: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Album Title: YT//ST Released: October 1, 2011 (re-released July 16th, 2013) Label: Suicide Squeeze Records Website: Yamantaka//Sonic Titan is one of the very few bands that seems to have sprung up fully formed. With their debut album, YT//ST, re-released here in the States this summer, the band blends dreamy, psychedelic experimentation with earthy hard rock like seasoned veterans. The group is spearheaded by two Asian-Canadian women, […]

todaySeptember 13, 2013 271

Camera Obscura - Desire Lines


Camera Obsucura – Desire Lines

Artist: Camera Obscura Album Title: Desire Lines Released: June 3, 2013 Label: 4AD Website: Glasgow, Scotland’s beloved indie pop stalwarts return with a lush, satisfying collection of songs. Like their fellow Glaswegians Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura embody indie pop at its most charming and clever, and Desire Lines, their fifth album, is a fine display of their talents. The instrumentation throughout the album is layered and pleasingly subdued, […]

todaySeptember 11, 2013 4

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