Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Todd Terje - It’s Album Time

It’s truly mind-boggling that It’s Album Time is the first record we’ve seen from Todd Terje. If you’re fond of disco, house, and easy grooving summer dance tracks, you’ve probably been putting Terje on your afternoon mixes for years in one way or another. The man has more phenomenal remixes than you can count. AndRead more...

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Album Review: OFF! - Wasted Years

Even without all Black Flag related nonsense that’s been happening on and off for two years, Keith Morris has recently enjoyed a compelling and visceral return to the spotlight. He hosted his own punk station on the new Grand Theft Auto game and has returned to present tense conversation for all the right reasons. Mostly,Read more...

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Album Review: Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Of all the happy-go-lucky twenty-somethings in the world learning to deal with the anxiety of entering the first chapters of independent adulthood and being 100% responsible for one’s own actions, there are few you can picture less concerned than Mac DeMarco. If you’ve played witness to his erratic live antics amongst a crowd of voraciousRead more...

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Album Review: Liars - Mess

Well, can’t say we saw that one coming! In the next phase of the ever-evolving state that has come to define them, experimental indie rock chameleons Liars come to us now as... a synth pop band?! Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But still, on new record Mess, we find Liars a farRead more...

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Album Review: Future Islands - Singles

Baltimore synth-pop group Future Islands found a new home on 4AD for their fourth LP, Singles. Though their prior years at Thrill Jockey have given us some incredible music over the years, whoever it is over at 4AD that got the wonderful task of marketing this band and this record for a Future Islands explosionRead more...

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Agitated Atmosphere: Matt Christensen - Coma Gears

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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: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

“Boy, the come down here was easy, like the arrival of a new day.” That’s how Adam Granduciel chooses to open the new album from The War on Drugs after a minute and a half of dreamscape Americana. As the listener, you could say the same thing. The Philadelphia band have always found a wayRead more...

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Album Review: The Woodentops - Granular Tales

Amidst the dour lyrical sentiments and ill-fitting raincoats of the ’80s UK indie scene, South London quintet The Woodentops injected much-needed bursts of optimism. While Morrissey pissed and moaned about every insurmountable obstacle life pitched in his path, The Woodentops’ frontman Rolo McGinty unfurled a string of singles (“Good Thing,” “Love Affair with Everyday Living”)Read more...

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Album Review: TRUST - Joyland

Canadian synth-pop band TRUST have been doing some phenomenal work in the studio in the past year. When they dropped their debut LP, TRST, back in 2012, the dark, pulsing melodies and cryptic vocals drew quick comparisons to their brooding, gothic counterparts on the scene like Crystal Castles. These comparisons were, by nature, pretty lazy.Read more...

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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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