Archives for October 2011

Neon Indian – Era Extraña

Alan Palomo’s decision to retreat to the Nordic country of Finland for the recording of his second album as Neon Indian appears to be a no-brainer; lushly textured synth-pop that runs the gamut from exuberant to nocturnal seems completely simpatico with a country whose many chimerical qualities were espoused by Finnish patriarch Jean Sibelius. … [Read more...]

Cheyenne Marie Mize – We Don’t Need EP

Cheyenne Marie Mize is a tough nut to crack. She's worked with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, toured with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, and was chosen by NPR as one of their "Discoveries at SXSW 2011". The We Don't Need EP comes on the tail of her first full-length release and a few years of international attention as a great up-and-coming … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Soundtrack, 2 EPs, and 1 Album

The Chemical Brothers – Hanna soundtrack Relativity Music Group The 20 songs of this film soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers may seem like plenty, but some numbers are constructed as “joining segments” that exist between the fully-developed songs and, as such, they barely register because of … [Read more...]

First full-length from Company out now

Company - "Holy City" - Ltd Edition LP (300) / Digital A series of serendipitous events allows Exit Stencil to excitedly present you with “Holy City” --- the first full-length album from Charleston, South Carolina’s Company. While the full telling of the story would run many pages, for brevity’s sake, here is the Cliffs Notes version: Catholic … [Read more...]

Thulcandra – Under a Frozen Sun

One of the reasons I avoided Thulcandra for so long was the eerily similar resemblance to the legendary Dissection— from sound to vocal style and even album art. With their latest release Under a Frozen Sun it was high time to give a fair shake to a band that borrowed their name from a Darkthrone demo.  Just viewing the album cover alone, done by … [Read more...]

Noothgrush – Live For Nothing

Silly name aside, these Oakland, California sludge kings are back. Live For Nothing is just what you'd expect from Southern Lord Records. I often times find myself purchasing records by the bands on Southern Lord simply because I know I am getting the very best. Noothgrush is no exception. Part Darkthrone, part Cough, the listener lays in wait as … [Read more...]

John Amadon releases third album

PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED SONGWRITER, JOHN AMADON CELEBRATES RELEASE OF THIRD FULL-LENGTH, SEVEN STARS Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter John Amadon is celebrating the release of his third full-length, Seven Stars, a collection of haunting melodies that make good bedfellows with easy-laid beats; an album that finds tight hooks with a … [Read more...]

Scott Ryan – Mercy Killings

Los Angeles-based songwriter Scott Ryan may only have a small body of work to his name, but it’s nonetheless hard to dispute his panache as a musical alchemist. When his Tree Man EP dropped in the summer of 2009, Ryan achieved that remarkable feat – increasingly rare in today’s “more is more” musical landscape – of taking a prototype rock band … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Kennedy of All India Radio and Kilbey-Kennedy

Hello Martin! You’re no stranger to the DOA musical universe, where we’ve written reviews about your band/project All India Radio and your collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.  Since you reside in Australia, I was wondering how the weather was with you (kinda a Crowded House reference…). Here in Melbourne it can literally be four … [Read more...]

Folk-pop Album from Steven Hefter out now

Steven Hefter conjures a debut album of masterful folk-pop songs as St. Even. “Spirit Animal” drawing heavy praise from coast-to-coast. Hear the single now. Prior to that album, Hefter developed his lyrically-driven folk sensibilities and melodic indie-rock textures … [Read more...]