Q&A with Daughn Gibson

Heya Daughn!  It’s really cool to get the chance to ask you a few Qs about your debut album, All Hell, and your distinctive vocals and sound.  Your voice literally stopped me in my tracks when I heard you over the loudspeakers in a record store.  I had to find out more about you ASAP.  You released your debut on White Denim in April of this year, … [Read more...]

Interview with Jasmine Ash

  Hiya Jasmine!  It’s such a delight to interview you and find out more about your recent solo album Beneath The Noise, as well as your involvement with the indie-rock band Oh Darling.  I’ve read that you’re from Portland, but that you create all your albums in LA.  Do you split your time between these two cities, and if so, does that … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

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...]

Florence And The Machine – Ceremonials

The always stirring Florence Welch is at it again on Ceremonials, blurring the line between the earthly and the spiritual with her restless rave-ups and pained, emotive vocals that seek release in song.  What was fresh on her debut Lungs becomes formula (but the very best kind…) here as Florence cements her status as a tortured, but (over)zealous … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 1 EP

The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo Memphis Industries Records http://www.thephoenixfoundation.co.nz/splash/ The Phoenix Foundation (not to be confused with French band Phoenix) has released Buffalo (album cover-wise not to be confused with the Heartless Bastards’ recent artwork), a breezy, but hit-or-miss potluck of retro, refined, … [Read more...]

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die

Current media sensation Lana Del Rey just released her fatalistically-titled album Born To Die at the end of January and she’s riding high on a lively worldwide wave of hype and backlash, with her album debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart and at #1 on the U.K., Irish, and French charts. Contrary to the reactionary rumors found online, … [Read more...]

Rachel Taylor Brown – World So Sweet

“Pith-rock” singer/songwriter Rachel Taylor Brown displays a wonderful gift on her seventh LP, World So Sweet. From poignant ballads to pop melodies to eerie chants (and everything in between), almost every song features a different style and emotion. Best of all, Taylor experiments freely, allowing the unexpected to penetrate standard structures. … [Read more...]

Sarah Nixey – Brave Tin Soldiers

Sarah Nixey made a name for herself in the late 1990s and 2000s as the lead singer of U.K. band Black Box Recorder, alongside Luke Haines (of The Auteurs) and John Moore (of Jesus And Mary Chain).  In 2007 Sarah released her debut solo album, Sing, Memory, an alluring collection of dance pop and icy torch ballads graced by Sarah’s distanced and … [Read more...]

Daniel Knox – Evryman for Himself

Strictly listening to singer-songwriters is surely a detailed study, one must imagine. The beauty or crux (depending on who you ask) is that you either find a way to delve into the narrative or very simply, leave somewhere halfway. Surely music isn’t meant to be so directly labeled but for Daniel Knox, songwriting has definitely created a … [Read more...]

Antonymes – The Licence To Interpret Dreams

This album is probably the most heartbreaking set of songs I've heard since Bon Iver's For Emma Forever Ago, or I Am A Bird Now by Antony And The Johnsons. It's Brian Eno meets a dagger to the heart. Antonymes is Ian M. Hazeldine who currently resides in Wales. The Licence To Interpret Dreams is his first full length on Hidden Shoal Records, a … [Read more...]