Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Liturgy – The Ark Work

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix cannot catch a break. With his work as Liturgy, he has crafted some of the most vivacious, jarring metal records we’ve heard in recent years. Take 2011’s Aesthetica as an example. The record operates between quiet and loud like little else on the market. Its use of black metal techniques (blast beat, tremoloRead more…

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“I remember you was conflicted, misusing your influence – sometimes I did the same.” Kendrick Lamar dug himself a bit of a hole on his explosive 2012 breakthrough LP, good kid, m.A.A.d city. His problem? He’s a fantastic storyteller. Actually, he’s likely one of the best we’ve ever had. In two and a half years,Read more…

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Album Review: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Regardless of whether you consider the new release by Courtney Barnett her sophomore effort or first official LP, there’s no denying it’s a terrific album. In fact, if you were a fan of last year’s Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, I’m happy to tell you that Sometimes I Sit and Think, and SometimesRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Michael O. – Really?

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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: Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

If you really think about it, Sufjan Stevens has made a living for over 15 years now asking one simple question: what should I believe? On his debut, A Sun Came, belief was an overcrowded canvas, wet with word vomit and impossibly complex to navigate (much like all of our minds). For the two stateRead more…

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Album Review: Twin Shadow – Eclipse

As soon as word came out earlier this year that George Lewis Jr. had signed with Warner Brothers, there was one thing that was clear: Twin Shadow was getting bigger. Not just in the commercial sense – rather, all of the massive 80s indulgences explored on past records were now going to have the ceilingRead more…

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Album Review: Heems – Eat Pray Thug

“Product of partition” – that’s how Himanshu Suri, a.k.a. Heems, defines himself on Eat Pray Thug closer “Patriot Act”. On that track, he talks about how growing up as a man of Indian descent in post-9/11 NYC was a nightmare. “From then on they called all of us Osama”, he recalls towards the end, “ThoseRead more…

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Album Review: Will Butler – Policy

If you call yourself an Arcade Fire fan and have seen the band at least once in the live setting, there’s a good chance that you need absolutely no introduction to Will Butler. When Arcade Fire skyrocketed to the moon amongst the Reflektor hype of 2013, it was clear that the one facet of theirRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Broken Water – Wrought

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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: Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Two and a half years have passed since Purity Ring dropped their debut LP Shrines on 4AD. Every time I hear that, I’m totally baffled. How has it only been two and a half years? It feels like Purity Ring have been a household indie pop name for an eternity. After a handful of oneRead more…

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