Broken Records – Let Me Come Home

The music on Broken Records’ sophomore effort, Let Me Come Home, is an alluring blend of anthemic, and sometimes melodramatic, indie-rock and emotional balladry that draws comparisons to Coldplay and Snow Patrol with a hint of Nick Cave’s introspective gloominess. And while these similarities pervade, there’s also a certain Waterboys feel to it … [Read more...]

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Although the pace has been piecemeal over nearly a decade, Sam Beam certainly can’t be faulted for the stylistic progression and artistic reach he has extended for Iron & Wine since 2002’s lovely The Creek Drank The Cradle debut.  It could have been all too easy for Beam to have continually mined that said first album’s lo-fi co-joining of Nick … [Read more...]

The National @ Bristol O2 Academy, 24 Nov 2010

After the slow burning cult-to-the-cusp success of 2005’s Alligator and 2007’s Boxer, when it came to this year’s High Violet, the plaudits appeared to be overly-predetermined by The National’s prior growing reputation.  To these - almost certainly minority opinion – ears the album captured the quintet in a tacit state of unresolved artistic flux.  … [Read more...]

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

A halcyon is a mythical bird that would calm the furious wind and coldness into something warm and bearable. While its significance is rooted in mythology, the term is also used when reflecting and looking back at past instances. Using what we’ve come to learn from Bradford Cox and Deerhunter, the topic for their latest masterpiece, Halcyon Digest, … [Read more...]

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

I’ve recently spent some time compiling the box set of my life. Five discs spanning 33 years, there’s one disc each from the childhood years, pre-adolescence, high school, college, and post-college. Going back and hearing the wide range of styles and artists I loved as a little dude was really eye-opening. After decades of analyzing and trying to … [Read more...]

The National – High Violet

On closing song, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,” Matt Berninger sings about moving out and getting on with your life and how it’s the “same small world, at your heels.” It documents how The National’s fifth album, High Violet, isn’t so much about the progress we’re making but more about coping with your feelings and desires and trying to figure all of … [Read more...]

Serena-Maneesh – S-M2: Abyss in B Minor

There are very few bands out there that would opt out of a studio recording to record inside of a cave on the outskirts of Oslo. Not only would the environment bring up a great deal of discomfort and difficulties but the acoustics would be all over the place. Then you take a band like Serena-Maneesh, which aren’t your standard band and somehow it … [Read more...]

Efterklang – Magic Chairs

With any ability comes the urge to explore it. For Efterklang, this naturally meant being complex and virtuosic, culminating with the massive orchestrations on 2007’s impressive but overblown Parades. After gaining massive popularity in their home base of Denmark and touring the hell out of Parades with an extended lineup, they seem to have … [Read more...]

FAO#24: Robert A.A. Lowe & Rose Lazar, Scout Niblett & Tindersticks

Intimacy is a trait that comes in many different forms in musical realms.  Although it too often simply conjures up images of one person and an acoustic guitar, spooling themselves into lo-tech kit or sitting solitarily on a small club stage, intimacy is more about feeling and delivery than pure environmental settings.  It can find itself presented … [Read more...]

Free Sampler from 4AD

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