Archives for April 2011

The Amsterdams – Electromagnetica

When an eastern European band name themselves after a well known Dutch city which many of us have visited, this inevitably raises at least one eyebrow amongst critics and fans alike. Why are they calling themselves this? The Amsterdams aren't alone in taking their name from another place that's far from their own location, such as new Atlanta band … [Read more...]

Album from Daniel Knox in May

Enigmatic Singer-Songwriter Daniel Knox releases "Ghostsong" off of upcoming album Evryman for Himself (La Société Expéditionnaire, May 10, 2011) "Ghostsong": http://www.la-soc.com/singlemp3s/ghostsong.mp3 WATCH the video for "Ghostsong": http://vimeo.com/16408736 "The Loop," Chicago's business district, roars with activity by day but … [Read more...]

Umpire – “Green Light District”

Once again we're blessed with another amazing band brought to us by Hidden Shoal Recordings. Umpire is their newest signing and they make a fine addition to the labels already amazing, and eclectic roster. Hailing from Perth, Umpire bring their bouncy, Smiths like charm into 2011. Although their first full length, Now We're Active isn't set to be … [Read more...]

Damon & Naomi – False Beats And True Hearts

Although some still may mourn the short life and abrupt passing of Galaxie 500 – with last year’s back catalogue reissues no doubt exacerbating such feelings – it’s arguable that the split was ultimately creatively beneficial to the threesome in their subsequent creative roles.  Hence Dean Wareham was able to take his distinctive tones, gifted … [Read more...]

Atoi – Waves Of Past Relations

So far this Danish quartet’s 15 minutes of fame is their cover of Björk’s "Army of Me" for Bjork’s Army of Me: Remixes and Covers benefit album. But their ear-catching second full-length Waves Of Past Relations should change all that. Singer Ida Cæcilie Rasmussen immediately commands attention as her voice jumps out from the speakers with … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#21 (DulceSky’s Oliver Valenzuela on Ferment)

DulceSky’s Oliver Valenzuela on… Catherine Wheel’s Ferment (Fontana, 1992) Most artists tend to go back to the 60's or 70's to name-drop “classic albums” as influences, but for me, I only have to look to the 90's. I can pick favorite artists from almost every decade, but the late 80's to the early/mid 90's is when I felt the magic, because … [Read more...]

May release for Grand Pianoramax album

Berlin-based Grand Pianoramax to release album of organic, experimental electronica on May 3rd. http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/grandpianoramax/mp3/grandpianoramax-roulette.mp3 Winner of the inaugural Montreux Jazz Festival international piano solo competition, Swiss born, New York-bred keyboard visionary, Leo Tardin originally … [Read more...]

The High Llamas – Talahomi Way

In a recent interview Irish guitarist/songwriter Sean O’Hagan noted that his band’s new album “Is a colourful record that has a spring feel at the start and an early spring evening feel at the end. There is reference to the pink evening sky.” While merely describing something obscurely aesthetic – without any reference to the actual sound of the … [Read more...]

Blackfield – Welcome To My DNA

Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen are fantastic songwriters in their own rite, and as Blackfield and Blackfield II proved, their collaboration leads to pure musical magic. Full of magnificent melodies, heartfelt emotions, and lavish, unique productions, their records are phenomenally catchy and affective. Their third LP, Welcome To My DNA, is another … [Read more...]

New Album from Jeniferever in April

For further listening, check out tracks from the album, "Waifs And Strays" HERE and "Dover" HERE. The sound of Uppsala, Sweden's cult-beloved Jeniferever is often described in epic terms: majestic, soaring, atmospheric, careening, sweeping. And, the quartet's forthcoming third album, Silesia (Monotreme Records) is a fitting example of their … [Read more...]