Category Archives: Album Reviews

Agitated Atmosphere: Islaja - SUU

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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: St. Vincent - St. Vincent

Listening to St. Vincent‘s new self-titled LP, I find it harder and harder to market Annie Clark’s music to friends by method of comparison. On her past efforts, including 2011′s excellent Strange Mercy and her breakthrough 2009 record Actor, Clark has stood out on the forefront of a brave, new wave of indie rock -Read more...

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Album Review: Beck - Morning Phase

When Beck announced Morning Phase back in October, it was a bit of a surprise. Since 2008′s Modern Guilt, we’ve seen quite a few original works from Beck even without as much as an EP. “Let’s Get Lost” with Bat for Lashes off the Twilight soundtrack, “Ramona” from Scott Pilgrim (and all the stuff heRead more...

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Album Review: Com Truise - Wave 1

I want to live in whatever atmosphere Seth Haley goes to when he writes material for Com Truise. If you don’t know the story, Com Truise is an alter ego for Haley - he’s a robotic astronaut going boldly where no man has gone before etc etc. Wave 1, his first offering of brand spankingRead more...

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Agitated Atmosphere: Mark McGuire - Along the Way

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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: Phantogram - Voices

I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s been a long time coming for Phantogram. Maybe that’s just because the New York two piece has found a way to write songs that stick with you and make a deeper, lasting impact on the heart and mind than their counterparts. Or, maybe they’ve justRead more...

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Album Review: Sun Kil Moon - Benji

“It’s a complicated place, this planet we’re on.” That’s how Mark Kozelek closes “Dogs”, the most confrontational and stomach-churning cut on new Sun Kil Moon record, Benji. It’s a great thesis for the rest of the record, really - Kozelek has witnessed some pretty insane shit, and much of it appears on Benji in someRead more...

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Agitated Atmosphere: Marissa Nadler - July

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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: Gardens & Villa - Dunes

What does the passing of time sound like? That’s the question that Santa Barbara retro synth-pop band Gardens & Villa seem to be asking often on their sophomore record Dunes, out this week on Secretly Canadian. We first met Gardens & Villa back in 2011 with a self-titled LP decorated with jewels like “Black Hills”Read more...

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Album Review: Broken Bells - After The Disco

“Oh London moon, help me stumble home, help me lose myself along the way.” So begins the return of Broken Bells, the all-too-perfect team up between now legendary producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and the genius songwriter who gave us the Shins, James Mercer. After The Disco is the soundtrack to the rest of yourRead more...

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