Sunday, April 15, 2012

Album: Dinowalrus - Best Behavior

Dinowalrus (Best Behavior)
Album: Best Behavior
Old Flame
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Rating: ****** (6/10)

Outside the UK, there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to the Second Summer of Love—either you’d give your favorite limb for a time machine set to the glory days of the Ha├žienda, or you have no idea what this sentence is referring to. >> Read the full review at popmatters.com

Album: Mirrorring - Foreign Body

Foreign Body (Mirrorring)
Album: Mirrorring
Kranky
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Rating: ******** (8/10)

If there was an award for saddest-slowest-quietest abstract songwriter of the last five years, Jesy Fortino (better known as Tiny Vipers) and Liz Harris (better known as Grouper) would have to duke it out. But there is no such prize. Instead, Fortino and Harris have formed some sort of sad-slow-quiet abstract Dream Team, named it Mirrorring, and put out a record. >> Read the full review at popmatters.com

Friday, March 16, 2012

Album: Bowerbirds - The Clearing

The Clearing (Bowerbirds)
Album: The Clearing
Dead Oceans
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Rating: ******* (7/10)

Folk outfit Bowerbirds' third album flirts with jazz and rock without clouding the rustic simplicity that first put the band on the map. >> Read the full review at popmatters.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Album: Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Reign of Terror (Sleigh Bells)
Album: Reign of Terror
Mom & Pop
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Rating: ******* (7/10)

Personally, I think you’d have been foolish to harbor high hopes for Sleigh Bells’ follow-up to their 2010 debut, Treats. Sure, Treats was, hands down, the best album of 2010. But remember, 2010 wasn’t exactly 1991. The reason Treats was such a treat is that it was one of the only albums that sounded like 2010. >> Read the full review at piquedmag.com

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Album: A Place To Bury Strangers - Onwards to the Wall [EP]

Onward to the Wall (A Place to Bury Strangers)
Album: Onward to the Wall
Dead Oceans
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Rating: ******* (7/10)

It's no secret that A Place to Bury Strangers is a one-trick pony, but it's a damn good trick. Guitarist and singer Oliver Ackermann makes his own custom guitar pedals and uses them to annihilate his songs in a peeling monolith of distortion and feedback. A driving beat and heavily reverbed tenor vocals emerge from the murk and shape the wash of noize into irresistible bite-sized songs.

The band's new E.P., Onwards to the Wall, is in many ways a more interesting release than the band’s last full-length album, 2009’s Exploding Head. >> Read the full review at piquedmag.com