Category Archives: Album Reviews

Agitated Atmosphere: Circuit Des Yeux - Overdue

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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: M.I.A. - Matangi

Finally. This week, that’s probably the only thought that comes to mind as M.I.A. sees her fourth LP hit shelves. It’s just shy of three years since we first heard a sample of “Bad Girls” on Maya’s new year’s eve Vicki Leekx mixtape. Now, the song has been an international hit for over a yearRead more...

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Album Review: Cut Copy - Free Your Mind

With a bright blue mantra and neon promise to boot, Cut Copy return this year with their fourth LP Free Your Mind. Dan Whitford and the gang don’t seem to be slowing down much in their second decade together. Zonoscope, the band’s 2011 award-winning classic, took the band’s one of a kind combination of technologyRead more...

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Album Review: Arcade Fire - Reflektor

“Stick with the old stuff, Win.” That’s the advice that Butler gets from Carl the roadie (Rainn Wilson) after playing a bloated, belligerent rendition of Funeral cut “Wake Up” during the fictitious Arcade Fire performance in the Reflektor accompaniment film Here Comes The Night Time. Here, Butler is a shadow of his former self, sportingRead more...

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Album Review: Cumulus - I Never Meant It To Be Like This

The debut album, I Never Meant It To Be Like This, from Seattle’s Cumulus has been a long time coming. After establishing themselves in the local music scene playing alongside fellow Northwest artists like Wild Flag, Gold Leaves and Pickwick, honing their sound and piquing fan interest, the trio launched a fundraising page in early 2013 in orderRead more...

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Album Review: Factory Floor - Factory Floor

This month, UK electronic act Factory Floor finally release a proper full-length record. This is the London band that started almost eight years ago, bouncing around styles to dial into the pure genius that they’ve come up with now. They released mini album Talking On Cliffs in 2009 and dropped the first of the singlesRead more...

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Album Review: Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals

There are some people that say there is art in restraint. Those are the types of people Sleigh Bells eat for breakfast. Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss are back for round three this week with Bitter Rivals, and they are going even harder and even heavier. And it’s a good thing too – now moreRead more...

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Album Review: HAIM - Days Are Gone

They’ve been playing together in one form or another since they were kids, so maybe it’s not a surprise that within a year of their first single, Los Angeles’ HAIM feel like natural stars. The three sisters that comprise the band - Danielle, Este, and and Alana - give great interviews. They have hilarious TwitterRead more...

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Album Review: CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe

There’s not a ton to say about the last year of CHVRCHES‘ career that hasn’t already been said. Anyone who’s even occasionally read Stereogum or Pitchfork in the last six months probably knows the story by now: the Scottish trio of singer Lauren Mayberry and multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty first posted a songRead more...

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Album Review: MGMT - MGMT

“Be quick dear, times are uncertain, one month crawling, next year blurring, decades in the drain, and monograms on the brain. Decide what’s working and what’s moved on to the last phase - the floodgate alien days. I love those alien days.” And so, Andrew VanWynGarden opens the third MGMT record where the second leftRead more...

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