Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

There’s only one thing that’s remained constant on the weird, mystical journey of Seattle experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces: progressive thinking. Everything else is up for grabs. Where their debut EPs were bombastic and shocking in their odd use of sampling and jazz rhythms in a bass-heavy hip-hop style, they switched it all up forRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: The Walkabouts – Devil’s Road & Nighttown

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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 Acid – Liminal

Now here’s an interesting one. Ry Cuming dropped his first full length album back in 2010, top to bottom filled with coffee shop ready singer-songwriter wanderings, guest spots on the record going to Sarah Bareilles and Jesse Carmichael. Then in 2013, we got a complete reintroduction with the Australian via Los Angeles singer’s choice toRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Chris Schlarb – Making the Saint

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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: Drenge – Drenge

It’s been an interesting year and a half for Sheffield indie rock duo Drenge. The band’s rise to public awareness has taken a pretty incongruent path: being name checked by a member of Parliament upon resignation, dubbed “Derbyshire’s Black Keys” by the Guardian UK, and getting commercial appeal from BBC sitcoms and the like. AllRead more…

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Album Review: How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”

Tom Krell has always been a thinker. On 2010 debut Love Remains, Krell introduced us to his unique blend of slow jam R&B and heady philosophy (what he studied at school in Brooklyn and Cologne, Germany) with an unforgettable collection of heartbreaking magic. On 2012 breakthrough Total Loss, Krell contemplated the death of a closeRead more…

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Album Review: Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

Whatever your personal opinion of her may be, there is one fact that is truly undeniable: Lana Del Rey is in a league of her own. If you don’t believe me, read her fantastically revealing cover piece with Fader. If you don’t feel like it, listen to her albums, watch her videos, read other interviews,Read more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Benjamin Finger – The Bet

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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: Blackbird Blackbird – Tangerine Sky

San Francisco’s Mikey Maramag has a gift for painting landscapes. As Blackbird Blackbird, Maramag has made our heads spin with dense texturing and ear-worm hooks that take you far away to a place untainted by the imperfections of daily life. Always alternating between driving pop accessibility and ambient impressionism, Blackbird Blackbird follows in a proudRead more…

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Album Review: Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of the Broken Heart

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a phenomenally awesome trend happening right now where dance bands are accompanying thumping tracks with a lyrical message of higher understanding and deeper self-knowing. Last fall, Cut Copy gave us Free Your Mind, a record musically inspired by rave culture godfathers like the Happy Mondays thatRead more…

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