How to Dress Well – Total Loss

How to Dress Well – Total Loss

Throughout his short career, How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell has already garnered the tag of being ethereal and ultimately transcendent. On Love Remains, the fragments of his life were adorned with stellar hooks (“You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’”) and moving, tremendously great melodies (“Endless Rain”); each song, paired with his voice, made for a … [Read more...]

Guest Review by Mark Lesseraux of Kyle Bobby Dunn – Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn - Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn's new album Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn is a sprawling two record set which, like his 2010 release A Young Person's Guide To Kyle Bobby Dunn, culls pieces from several years of work. Dunn's ambient drone compositions have always evoked cinematically haunting images and Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn does not … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari

At the risk of making a blatant generalization about one of this generation’s greatest bands, the main draw of a new Sigur Rós record was and still is the music’s uncanny ability to simultaneously put on a show of conspicuous beauty and flummoxing eccentricity.  Yes – “Hoppípolla” may have achieved ubiquity thanks to spots in nature documentaries … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

Sigur Rós - Valtari

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

Pillars And Tongues – (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Pillars And Tongues- (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Ambient, instrumental, whatever you want to call it...this free, three song EP by Chicago's Pillars And Tongues is what you've been waiting for. Hands down one of the finest releases of 2012 thus far, it's like a dream world where every emotion you feel in having your heart broken is being spelled out right before your eyes. This EP is slow and … [Read more...]

Mike Armine – Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake / Lift

Mike Armine - Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake / Lift

As frontman for Philadelphia Post-Metal act Rosetta, Mike Armine plaintively growls, sings and manipulates sound over music that sounds like Neurosis in Mono Exploding in the Sky. The band has even covered the Cure song "Homesick". Given this knowledge, one would never believe the Ambient, Drone and Noise themes of this solo album, which is … [Read more...]

Mirrorring – Foreign Body

Mirroring - Foreign Body

When I heard The Sight Below's harrowing cover of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" featuring the vocals of Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers), I immediately started dreaming of a more substantial collaboration between the two. While a rumored collaboration between the two and Benoît Pioulard has yet to surface (perhaps that material is what ended up as the … [Read more...]

Elephant & Castle – Transitions

Elephant & Castle - Transitions

Imagine a mashup of concepts instead of beatmatching, one that is produced with the idea of vintage music manifested through modern ears. Oakland producer David Reep is doing just that. Only, instead of a top 40 hip hop track colliding with a classic rock anthem, he digs for slick pop/ obscure vintage vinyl, manipulates it beyond recognition and … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

mr. Gnome - Madness In Miniature

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

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

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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...]