Category: Albums

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå by Agent Blå Every year sees a young band unexpectedly emerge and win over fans and critics alike. In 2014, it was Alvvays. The following year belonged to Wolf Alice and Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong). Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Mothers, and Sunflower Bean ruled 2016. This year’s breakout band could very well be Agent blå. The quintet from […]

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Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief released their first LP, Masterpiece, an album which solidified the Brooklyn-based quartet as one of the best new bands. Almost immediately after Masterpiece appeared on countless year-end lists, Big Thief announced their second record, Capacity. It seemed a fairly short amount of time between records, as many people, including myself, were still immensely enjoying their […]

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Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

One of the great success stories of the past decade is Cigarettes After Sex, which started off as a dorm-room project of Greg Gonzalez. Without any support from a label, Gonzalez and his band’s success grew through the internet, as their hazy, immersive cinematic-pop was endlessly played on YouTube, SoundCloud, and every streaming service imaginable. What’s even more impressive is […]

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Noga Erez – ‘Off The Radar’ (album review)

Noga Erez – ‘Off The Radar’ (album review)

Every once in a while an artist arrives who makes you reevaluate your musical choices, including genres you tend to avoid. Israeli artist Noga Erez is one of them. She is not the typical producer and singer-songwriter who is trying to create a dance music hit à la The Chainsmokers, Skrillex, or Calvin Harris. Nor is she’s imitating the moody […]

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Amber Arcades – ‘Cannonball’ (EP review)

Amber Arcades – ‘Cannonball’ (EP review)

In over a year, Annelotte de Graaf, the woman behind Amber Arcades, has become a global star of sorts. She released her debut album, Fading Lines, almost a year to the day, and earlier this year she toured across US, including performances at SXSW. In this short period of time, de Graaf has quickly become one of music’s hidden gems […]

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Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

“No matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.” ~~ Lebron James, May 31, 2017 Three years ago, Benjamin Booker took the music world by storm with his eponymous debut album. His fiery blues-rock captivated music listeners, and critics were universally applauding his talents. Consequently, Benjamin Booker landed on many […]

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Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering’ (album review)

Over a decade ago, Brian Batz fiddled with an old, out-of-tune piano. This innocent event would change his life forever, leading him down a path that eventually would lead to the birth of Sleep Party People. Three critically-acclaimed albums later, the Copenhagen-based has become a global indie darling, as he’s been compared to Radiohead, Boards of Canada, Caribou, and The […]

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Zola Blood – ‘Infinite Games’ (album review)

Zola Blood – ‘Infinite Games’ (album review)

Escapism – habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) In a world that gets more chaotic by the day, an escape from reality is often required. Not everyone can afford to take a few days off and leave the chaos. Fewer people can jump on a plane […]

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Land of Talk – ‘Life After Youth’ (album review)

Land of Talk – ‘Life After Youth’ (album review)

When Land of Talk – the Montreal-based outfit led by Elizabeth Powell – first arrived on the scene in the mid-2000s, they were one of Canada’s most electrifying and uncompromising indie pop-rock bands. They were confident, even borderline brash, and fans embraced them wholeheartedly. They were going to be the next great band from Montreal, battling alongside Arcade Fire and […]

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Mt. Wolf – ‘Aetherlight’ (album review)

Mt. Wolf – ‘Aetherlight’ (album review)

Mt. Wolf have taken the circuitous path to indie success. They exploded out of the gate in 2012 with their debut EP, Life Size Ghost. But instead of capitalizing on the hype by immediately releasing a full-length album, they opted to take the slow, gradual path. A succession of singles and remixes and three other EPs would follow within a […]

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Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

As time passes, Quinn Devlin is finding more ways to welcome us to his inner world. This time he’s opened his doors to optimism and four new tunes that will make you want to walk out in the sunset and dance. In a perfect marriage between Bad Company and Van Morrison, Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings‘ new EP, Sweet […]

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Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

Gothic Tropic – ‘Fast or Feast’ (album review)

“At its best, life is completely unpredictable.” ~~~ Christopher Walken Unpredictability has defined Cecilia Della Peruti since she started her project Gothic Project in 2011. Her debut EP revolved around neo-psychedelia while the singles she has released the past two years have been wide-ranging. Indie pop, electro-rock, synth-pop, or R&B-infused pop, she’s done it all and with aplomb. Given her […]

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Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Phenomenal Creature claim a modern folk genre, but deliver well beyond its traditional boundaries.There’s a touch of rock, a snippet of classical, a moment of punk and even a sprinkling of electro, delivered through strings of all sizes. Yet the sound they offer on Vettenvalvoja has an almost-live quality, achieved through the old-school expedient of recording […]

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PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

For more than two years, PUMAROSA have been thrilling music listeners, including ourselves, with their spectacular brand of indie electro-rock. With each single released, it became apparent their music is equally made to buzz through the most secluded, underground night clubs and the cavernous confines of the world’s top theatres. Their popularity, in turn, gradually grew, and they have reached […]

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Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ (album review)

The art work for Aldous Harding‘s debut album featured the Lyttleton, New Zealand native. She is situated in a field of brush donning a Liquor Centre ball cap, and her face is solemn. The image provided insights into what Aldous Harding would be – a calm, serene collection of intimate folk music. Her sophomore album, Party, is like the flip […]

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Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool’s first record, Before The World Was Big, made a big splash when it was released. It featured mainly the duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker singing harmonies along with just bass and guitar. It was a great album, but felt like it could be expanded upon. On their brand new LP, Powerplant, Girlpool add so much to their […]

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Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it’s good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes but, like all good things, it’s taken time to gestate and develop. It’s been 30 years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as […]

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Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Oceans are the Earth’s great mysteries. The coral reefs are among the most beautiful sites on the planet with their colorful array of marine life, but the vast trenches are among the world’s great mysteries. It is, therefore, fitting that veteran rockers Principe Valiente have named their third album, Oceans, because the record is a treasure trove of surprises. “Wildest […]

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Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

While fellow Aussies King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and former bandmate Kevin Parker (a.k.a. Tame Impala) steal international headlines, it’s easy to overlook the prolific work of Pond. For nearly a decade, the Perth-based rockers have been at the forefront of the psychedelic-rock renaissance, beginning with the zany Psychedelic Mango to the cosmic interface of their highly-lauded Man It […]

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