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Abby Gundersen – Time Moves Quickly

Abby Gundersen – Time Moves Quickly

Abby Gundersen is stepping out of her brother’s folky shadow to make a statement of her own. Up until now she’s been known for the harmonies and violin talent she’s added to Noah’s solo releases, but her debut EP, Time Moves Quickly, is distinctively in an idiom of its own. A neoclassical meditation on slow […]

Drunksouls – Just Before Chaos

Drunksouls – Just Before Chaos

It’s a tricky challenge to work at making music that is not only thoughtful and engaging but is also, well, danceable but since 2002 the French collective known as Drunksouls has been engaged in just that. With a patchwork sound that builds from a foundation of reggae and is informed by elements that draw from […]

Hers – Youth Revisited

Hers – Youth Revisited

“Hold it Together,” the parting shot of Youth Revisited, the first LP from HERS’ Melissa Amstutz since shedding her project’s previous name, Honeybee & Hers, lingers long after the music stops. “I am your godless woman/I’ll be singing at your funeral.” The honeybee may be gone, but there’s definitely a sting in the tail. As […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unraveling

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unraveling

Unraveling is the fourth major album produced by the guys of We Were Promised Jetpacks. The album does a fine job of showcasing how much the band has grown up. It is comprised of powerful lyrics set to experienced and interesting sounds. And the title of the album basically speaks for itself, a good portion […]

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

The casually audacious futurism of Shabazz Palaces is easy to take for granted. If you’re the type that is somewhat ambivalent about the more bombastic elements in modern hip-hop, then Shabazz Palaces sound like just what the doctor ordered: ethereal beats, calmly delivered rhymes, lots of empty sonic space…the very idea of Shabazz Palaces is […]

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Whereas Teenage Fanclub’s prior album, 2005’s Man-Made included only little of the usual spark we’ve come to treasure about the Scottish band, Shadows finds an equivalent to the sky opening with the very second song, “Baby Lee.” Upon first glance, this guy thought – by the title — it was some sort of tribute to […]

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made

Man-Made, Teenage Fanclub’s 2005 album, was produced by John McEntire — best known for his work with Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. The album pales in comparison to other better Teenage Fanclub releases, in that it lacks some of the youthful exuberance that characterized much of its prior catalogue. Granted, the ironically titled “Slow […]

Woods – With Light and With Love

Woods – With Light and With Love

I’m not sure what I expected from Woods, yet another band with an un-Googleable name. Their LP cover is sparse, a black and white stark print with four icons of varying degrees of shamanistic iconography. A skull, a bird, would-be tarot card images. Certainly there’s something signifying a naturalistic and woodsian type of art and […]

People Get Ready – Physiques

People Get Ready – Physiques

Music has always been about movement. From tribal dances to the birth of ballet and on to the modern mosh pit. It’s not clear whether we made the music to move us, or if it was the music that made us to move. This chicken-or-egg question is beside the point. The truth of it is […]

Equals – Tracts

Equals – Tracts

Obvious allusions to the state’s size aside, there is no real inevitable reason why there is a lineage of expansive, searching post rock in Texas. There is definitely a preoccupation with pyrotechnics: The American Analog Set called their 1996 debut The Fun of Watching Fireworks, and then a few years later Explosions in the Sky […]