Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Clams Casino – 32 Levels

There are few producers on the scene today with as much silent sway as Clams Casino. Over the last six years especially, the New Jersey beat-maker has completely changed the approach to emotion and empathy in beat-making. Artists like A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Vince Staples have been able to thrive thanks to his uniqueRead more…

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Album Review: The Avalanches – Wildflower

“It’s so fuckin’ party you will die.” That was The Avalanches self-endorsement of Wildflower from back in January 2007. It had been a long wait for a new Avalanches record (seven years), but the boys were getting it together. They just needed nine more to make it perfect. Back in 2000, the Australian electronic groupRead more…

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Album Review: The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos

Every great comic book hero has a memorable arc or story where they team up with an unlikely ally – maybe even a former archrival – for some exciting hijinks towards a common goal. That’s a bit how it feels with The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Bass wizard Les Claypool and wizard-looking guitar virtuoso Sean LennonRead more…

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Album Review: NAVVI – Omni

Hardly anyone on the Seattle electronic scene does intimacy quite like NAVVI does. In the two and a half years since they started asking about our weekend plans, the duo of Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry has worked slowly and steadily on perfecting the tug of war that makes their vision of relationship so convincing.Read more…

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Album Review: Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

These days, it’s a lot easier to sell headlines than it is to sell records. If you write a great pop song, your best bets to sell are either to stack it so chock full of name-drops that you hardly see your own, or to dial the clickbait schtick meter up as high as itRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Jackie Lynn, Oreo Jones, Rob Mazurek and Emmett Kelly, Charalambides

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As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealthRead more…

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Album Review: Wolf Parade – EP 4

Oh man, oh man. Last week, Sub Pop released the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the full-length debut of Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on lush triple disc vinyl, pulling together all three of Wolf Parade’s lead-up EPs and packaging it all in a glorious tri-fold of awesome. The same week, secret WolfRead more…

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Album Review: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

How long have we been anticipating A Moon Shaped Pool now? Truly, anticipation has lost much of its meaning in 2016. In our digital world of surprise albums and unquestioned instant gratification, the months we spend waiting for heroes to return to the forefront can feel like years. And yet, here we are, five yearsRead more…

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Album Review: James Blake – The Colour in Anything

“Music can’t be everything.” Damn, that is not something you want to hear sung softly by the likes of UK bass pioneer and R&B crooner James Blake. And yet, this is how he closes out his third LP, as “Meet You In The Maze” fades out into oblivion, and the synthesized harmonies fizzle apart intoRead more…

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Album Review: Yoni & Geti – Testarossa

A lot has happened in the five years since Yoni Wolf (of WHY? fame) and Chicago rapper Serengeti last collaborated. That last time was on Serengeti’s statement of an LP Family & Friends, produced entirely by Wolf and Owen Ashworth (of Advance Base and Casiotune for the Painfully Alone). Between then and now, WHY? droppedRead more…

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