Parlour – Simulacrenfield

For the better part of ten years, Tim Furnish has indulged his prog/post/art/hard-rock jones under the name of Parlour, a septet that shuns vocals and fleshes out the ubiquitous rock band instrumentation with a woodwind section and some synthesizers.  As is the case with most bands of this ilk (Explosions in the Sky, Tortoise, Mogwai), there’s a … [Read more...]

Eluvium – Similes

Known for melding classical and electronic touchstones into a uniquely styled ambient sound, Matthew Cooper (a.k.a. Eluvium) has once again taken a new approach with his music. The appropriately named Similes incorporates vocals and percussion in his trademark dreamscapes. But the more things change, the more they remain the same, so fans of … [Read more...]

Systems Officer – Underslept

Underslept is the debut album from Systems Officer, the solo effort of multi-instrumentalist Armistead Burwell Smith IV, but it is by no means his first record. As a founding member of both Pinback and Three Mile Pilot, Armistead Burwell Smith IV (a.k.a. Zach) has been making great music for over a decade with over a dozen releases between his many … [Read more...]

Caroline – Murmurs Mixes

When considering remix albums, choices should be carefully disposed and meticulously calculated. Coming up with solutions on when to release them is another question on its own. A group like Junior Boys has made a name for re-releasing its albums and pairing them with a remix album. And with time, I am sure that we will see a remix disc whenever … [Read more...]