Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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Album Review: Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

There’s a moment on “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”, the closing track on Are We There, the fourth studio album by Sharon Van Etten, when the New Jersey songwriter nonchalantly declares “I wash your dishes, but I still shit in your bathroom”. For obvious reasons, it’s a line that immediately stands out, but it’sRead more…

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Album Review: Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

A rubber band is the perfect picture to fit Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon. Up to this point, the band has been carving a unique sound that occupies a haunting modern space somewhere between historical influences like Massive Attack and Bjork. After singer Yukumi Nagano made an appearance on the 2010 Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach,Read more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Vacation Club – Heaven is Too High

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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 Black Keys – Turn Blue

The fact that Turn Blue, the eighth album by The Black Keys, is full of songs about being hurt by a woman shouldn’t be all that surprising. Although they, sonically speaking, haven’t been a dirty, traditionalist-leaning blues band in a few years now, they remain one at heart, which is why Dan Auerbach and PatrickRead more…

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Album Review: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days of Abandon

There are very few bands that find a way to capture the absolute euphoria of endless, boundless love and affection. Plenty manage to navigate the confusing space between love and infatuation, the infinite battle of reconciling affection and compassion, and find countless new ways to spell the woes of love in turmoil. But as farRead more…

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Album Review: Mø – No Mythologies To Follow

It’s almost summer 2014, and that means we get to see the indie pop scene evolve once again. Back at the beginning of 2012, Grimes dropped a bomb with Visions that didn’t stop shaking up the synth pop scene for nearly an entire year. The post-modern (or post-Internet, if you prefer) aesthetic and mixture ofRead more…

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Album Review: Lykke Li – I Never Learn

If you are at all like me, I Never Learn is not the Lykke Li album you were expecting this year. After the rapturous viral success of “Get Some” from her 2011 sophomore LP, Wounded Rhymes, it is easy to imagine Li taking her sensual, entrancing songwriting to a more pop-centric place. After all, theRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Fennesz – Bécs

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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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