Category: Albums

Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

 Some collaborations are created instantaneously while others percolate for a few years before fully blossoming. In the case of Lights On Moscow, Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake and Justin Lockey of Editors, Minor Victories, and Mastersystem have worked together for years, but they only made the project official this year. The wait, however, has been worth it, […]

Read more ›
Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Since Belle Mare‘s birth in 2012, Amelia Bushell (vocals) and Thomas Servidone (guitar) have perfected the art of turning dream-pop into an ethereal experience. Their debut EP, The Boat Of The Fragile Mind, and album, Heaven Forget, were blissful marvels, filled with breathtaking moments. The pair along with Rob Walbourne (drums) and Sam Bartos (bass) extend their boundaries on their equally stunning […]

Read more ›
Art d’Ecco – ‘Trespasser’ (album review)

Art d’Ecco – ‘Trespasser’ (album review)

 Back in the ’70s and ’80s, children would create a time capsule and bury it in their background. In this tin box, they would add their favorite toy, maybe an award they won, a letter they’ve written to their older self, and a mix tape. Names like Talking Heads, David Bowie, Thompson Twins, Human League, Bananarama, Pat Benatar, New […]

Read more ›
David Nance Group – ‘Peaced and Slightly Pulverized’ (album review)

David Nance Group – ‘Peaced and Slightly Pulverized’ (album review)

Peaced and Slightly Pulverized by David Nance Despite releasing albums for nearly a decade, the eclectic David Nance remains one of America’s most underrated and unheralded singer-songwriters. He is also one of the country’s most prolific, as he is constantly releasing LPs, EPs, and singles. Eventually, people will recognize the Omaha, Nebraska-based artist’s talents much like the folks at Trouble […]

Read more ›
Molly Burch – ‘First Flower’ (album review)

Molly Burch – ‘First Flower’ (album review)

First Flower by Molly Burch A year ago, Molly Burch released her captivating debut album, Please Be Mine, which showcased Burch’s smokey alto, her vast musical range, and storytelling talents. Twenty months later, the LA-born, Austin-based singer-songwriter returns with a sophomore effort that is equally enchanting, more engaging, and incredibly clever. Whereas her first LP focused on love through nine […]

Read more ›
Death Valley Girls – ‘Darkness Rains’ (album review)

Death Valley Girls – ‘Darkness Rains’ (album review)

Darkness Rains by Death Valley Girls Two years ago when Glow In The Dark was released, we commented how Death Valley Girls are “living in the wrong era”. Their brand of a rock ‘n roll – or witch rock or a really chilling version of psychedelic rock – would have won them massive battalions of fans in the ’70s and […]

Read more ›
Phosphorescent – ‘C’est La Vie’ (album review)

Phosphorescent – ‘C’est La Vie’ (album review)

 Five years ago, Matthew Houck unveiled Muchacho, which not only would be his breakthrough album as Phosphorescent but also one of the decade’s most remarkable efforts. Within the bold and sweeping soundscapes were stories of restlessness, unhappiness, and remorse, and yet it still felt triumphant. Since 2013, Houck moved from Brooklyn to Nashville with is wife and daughter, built […]

Read more ›
Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Keeping Up With Miss World [LP] by MISS WORLD Whether performing with Red Blood Shoes’ Laura May-Carter as Shit Girlfriend or in the various punk outfits from her youth, Natalie Chahal has always mixed sugary sass with observant and often biting commentary about the world. Her past efforts were more direct in their message, but through her solo project Miss […]

Read more ›
Lala Lala – ‘The Lamb’ (album review)

Lala Lala – ‘The Lamb’ (album review)

“And I swear that I’m immortal / No one can prove it wrong”, Lillie West, the woman behind Lala Lala, sings on the somber “Scary Movie”. Despite the assertion, these lines are not a rebellious proclamation, but rather they reveal her vulnerable mindset in the midst of the turmoil inflicting her and those within her inner circles. They are also […]

Read more ›
Hater – ‘Siesta’ (album review)

Hater – ‘Siesta’ (album review)

A year ago, Malmö-based quartet Hater went on a songwriting storm, which resulted in the release of two records. Their debut album, You Tried, was filled with dreamy numbers while the follow-up EP, Red Blinders, was emotionally stunning. Apparently, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace, Lukas Thomasson, and Caroline Landahl had plenty of songs left, as less than a year later they […]

Read more ›
Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’ (album review)

Black Honey – ‘Black Honey’ (album review)

Always busy and rarely settling down, Black Honey have taken an incremental approach to build their portfolio and, thus, their popularity. Instead of releasing full-length albums, they’ve given music fans bite-size morsels in the form of numerous singles and a handful of singles (and it’s approach replicated by other bands like YONAKA). Consequently, the Brighton-based quartet have enough material to […]

Read more ›
Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering Pt. II’ (album review)

Sleep Party People – ‘Lingering Pt. II’ (album review)

Lingering Pt. II by Sleep Party People Fifteen months ago, Brian Batz – the multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and songwriter behind Sleep Party People – took us through the rabbit hole and into a world of unearthly psychedelic dream-pop with Lingering. The album, which was one of the year’s most outstanding records, was an extraordinary experience into the cosmos and a journey […]

Read more ›
Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (album review)

Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (album review)

Twisted Crystal by Guerilla Toss Since their formation in 2010, Guerilla Toss have always been unconventional and never boring. Their forays into dance-punk even defied categorization since the quintet would unveil a surprising guitar riff or punch a wicked dance beat like an unexpected Mike Tyson uppercut. If their previous five albums didn’t push the experimental boundaries enough for some, […]

Read more ›
Slothrust – ‘The Pact’ (album review)

Slothrust – ‘The Pact’ (album review)

Over three records, Slothrust have created a sound that is undeniably powerful. From front woman Leah Wellbaum’s witty, relatable lyrics that dabble in the surreal to her killer guitar licks to the most solid rhythm section in music – drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann – Slothrust are an absolute force of nature. Since their 2016 record, Everyone Else, […]

Read more ›
Emma Ruth Rundle – ‘On Dark Horses’ (album review)

Emma Ruth Rundle – ‘On Dark Horses’ (album review)

Emma Ruth Rundle‘s last album, Marked for Death, was a sonic and emotional catharsis that continues to tremble walls and souls. It is Rundle’s masterpiece and one of the great records of not just 2016 but this decade. Trying to follow up a generational LP is a challenging endeavor that many before have fallen short, but Rundle, with the assistance […]

Read more ›
The Holydrug Couple – ‘Hyper Super Mega’ (album review)

The Holydrug Couple – ‘Hyper Super Mega’ (album review)

Hyper Super Mega by The Holydrug Couple A decade since their formation, The Holydrug Couple continue to push psychedelic-pop to the extremes. Ives Sepúlveda Minho and Manuel Parra’s first two albums, Awe and Noctuary, were laid-back, summertime efforts. Meanwhile, Soundtrack for Pantanal was cosmic in its scope, and it displayed the Santiago-based duo’s ability to make the hazy dazzling. For their […]

Read more ›
Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Last year, avant-pop outfit Ava Luna made our list of Most Anticipated Albums of 2018. With their back catalog of diverse tracks across multiple LPs, the Brooklyn-based quintet were poised to create something great and boundary pushing. Their latest record, Moon 2, exceeds expectations, and it is one of the year’s most unique and captivating records. Moon 2 starts out with […]

Read more ›
Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

Spiritualized – ‘And Nothing Hurt’ (album review)

 Thirty-six years ago, Jason Pierce co-launched Spacemen 3, introducing the world to his and Peter Kember’s cosmic vision of neo-psychedelia and psych-rock. Since that time, he’s been known as J. Spaceman, which he took to a different orbit in 1990 with Spiritualized. Seven largely imaginative albums followed, ranging from the space rock of Lazer Guided Melodies to the more […]

Read more ›
Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Maribou State – ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ (album review)

Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State For the better part of their seven years together, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have taken their Maribou State project to nearly every corner of the globe. From playing lavish events in Ibiza to DJ’ing in intimate clubs in India and New Zealand, they have gradually established a reputation as one of electronic music’s […]

Read more ›
Gold Star – ‘Uppers & Downers’ (album review)

Gold Star – ‘Uppers & Downers’ (album review)

Marlon Rabenreither is a throwback to the days when songwriting was entrenched as a celebrated art form. The music he crafts under the moniker Gold Star is in a word – timeless. His first two albums, Dark Days and Big Blue, captured the energy and spirit of the late ’60s and ’70s when rock ‘n roll and folk-rock were at […]

Read more ›