Archives for December 2015

An Abridged Albums A-Z of 2015: From Jonathan Bree to The Weather Station

Try as we might to keep up - as critics and music fans alike - there simply aren’t enough days in the year to keep track of everything the fertile music world has to offer, good, bad or ugly. For a site like Delusions Of Adequacy, built with DIY infrastructure, there is frankly no point pretending that we can document all that matters. So when … [Read more...]

Jennylee – Right On!

Having only released two LPs, an EP and a cluster of singles since 2004 hardly marks out Warpaint as prolific.  With album number three stuck in the works it’s a wonder that the four respective band members can muster enough creative energy and/or spare material to divert into side-projects.  Yet, it’s not stopped drummer Stella Mozgawa … [Read more...]

Short Takes (The fin., Chris Beyer, Midwest Soul Xchange & ADD Agency)

The fin. – “Night Time” Japanese dream-pop weavers The fin. is a four-piece comprised of Yuto Uchino (vocals, synths), Ryosuke Odagaki (guitar), Takayasu Taguchi (bass), and Kaoru Nakazawa (drums).  The band casts a captivating spell with the mildly melancholic “Night Time”, the title track off its new EP of the same name.  The 5-song (4 … [Read more...]

Various Artists – XO For The Holidays Vol. VIII

As I was listening to the songs on this compilation of bands connected to Portland-based XO Publicity, I had a thought, or rather a question, and it is this: "exactly what makes a Christmas song/track/single different from any other kind of song?". It might seem obvious, but listening to the tracks on the XO compilation - all of which are quite … [Read more...]

Lily Lambert – Merry Christmas, With Love EP

Singer-songwriter Lily Lambert hails from England and has roots in both Ireland and Wales and she brings the traditional folk spirit of those countries to her music and vocals, as well a touch of Americana from across the pond.  Lambert has released two full-lengths previously, Life of Lily and So Far, which delved into folk-rock and country.  Her … [Read more...]

Interview with ViseMènn

Greetings, guys!  This is going to be a trans-Atlantic interview since I’m based in the U.S. and you’re all natives of Norway.  How are you doing and what’s it like where you are in Norway at the moment? Greetings from Vikingland! Thanks a lot for reaching out to this humble little spot of the world that we call home. Winter is late this year, … [Read more...]

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Harmlessness

Two years after the release of their last LP, the eight-piece Connecticut outfit, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, now release their sophomore album, Harmlessness. The band has now fashioned a different sound compared to the previous studio album, Whenever, If Ever. However, the instruments have kept a familiar, … [Read more...]

Driftwood Bones – s/t EP

For about a year before Driftwood Bones released their self-titled debut, they steadily built a buzz in the Midwestern music scene, touring Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa to increasingly enthusiastic audiences. Exuberant, genre-bending live performances and an increasingly prolific catalog of songs stimulated anticipation for a studio work. This … [Read more...]

We Mythical Kings – Visitations

With the geopolitical grimness of the 2010s echoing the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s, it’s perhaps no surprise that the darker experimental sounds of said timeframe are also reverberating in the musical world.  Not just as art-imitating-life dystopian soundtracks but also as dream-like imaginings of more sophisticated peaceful futures.  This year such … [Read more...]

Various Artists – A Colorful Christmas

Azar Dagher, the head of Maryland-based Fetal Records, is releasing a 21-song-long Christmas and winter-themed compilation album entitled A Colorful Christmas that challenges and changes the expectations of what a 'various artists' Christmas album is all about.  The album features the record label’s artists performing original songs and covers … [Read more...]