Archives for May 2010

Soundpool – Mirrors in Your Eyes

One of the many aspects about Kim Fields’ voice – and the most obvious one for that matter – is that it sounds softly hushed while still maintaining a breathy lushness that matches her band’s music fittingly well. Soundpool aren’t so much another electronic group because in essence, this is a true band making some gripping, terrific music. While … [Read more...]

Small Black – EP

Falling sonically somewhere between Rogue Wave and Clinic, Small Black's EP (simply called "EP") manages to breathe some life into the bedroom-Casio scene. The duo has picked up some positive press and has some international dates lined up, testifying to its uptick in popularity. Plus, the band is on the Jagjaguwar label, which doesn't hurt. It … [Read more...]

The White Ravens – Gargoyles and Weather Vanes

Inspired by previous sibling efforts by the likes of Sparks (also the name of the first song on this album) and the less hereditary rock and roll of Electric Light Orchestra, this second album from Ann Arbor duo The White Ravens is heavy on twee, occasionally silly, bright pop music marked by twitchy eccentricity. On opening song "Sparks", any … [Read more...]

Company Man – The Headless

Steve Slovacek's story is fascinating, he grew up a closeted-homosexual/atheist in a devout Mormon family. While in college at BYU, he dropped out and eventually ended up in New York City. New York starts scaring the hell out of Steve, so he moves with his parents in the Czech Republic to a Mormon church in Prague. With an EP already under his … [Read more...]

Walking Sleep – Measures

Until recently known as the Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, the newly rechristened Walking Sleep continue to craft smartly written and arranged pop with an understated delivery that substitutes confident control for ostentation. The unadorned guitars and organic keyboards that make up the bulk of Measures' instrumental palette give the songs a sort … [Read more...]

The Amazing – Wait for a Light to Come

You know the music the beach happens to make or cause when you see it, hear it, feel it or are even just able to be around it? It’s the sound that everyone from surf bands, to The Beach Boys, to No Age have all tried to create. And most definitely, this is something that most argue would be subjective. I mean, you have Santana’s guitar and the way … [Read more...]

Debut EP from Freebass features 3 U.K. bass guitar legends

FREEBASS - Two Worlds Collide - EP Featuring THREE of Manchester's bass guitar legends; Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) & Gary "Mani" Mounfield (The Stone Roses / Primal Scream), FreeBass has had a long gestation process. Pressed to find the perfect lead singer, they asked their famous friends to contribute … [Read more...]

European Tour for Ganglians

Ganglians head out on the road for a European Tour and will begin tacking their new record upon their return. Ganglians "My House" mp3: www.bantermm.com/tracks/Ganglians-MyHouse.mp3 Ganglians on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ganglian Ganglians European Tour 5/28 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival 5/29 - Barcelona, ES - … [Read more...]

Solvent – Subject to Shift

Don’t think for a moment that as Solvent, Jason Amm hasn’t gotten his share of accolades. Well respected and regarded by many as one of the tenured electronic producers on the up and up, he’s also fought through a share of adversity in creating such hard to pinpoint music. But his music is both a pleasure and a superb blend of beats and melodies … [Read more...]

The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

Regardless of your listening habits or past run ins with The Dead Weather’s expansive musical family tree – The White Stripes, Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, and Raconteurs among them – it’d be difficult to refute the evidence that their sophomore LP unrepentantly rocks hard and heavy. Whether or not the furious barrage of dark blues-rock on Sea … [Read more...]