Music Reviews

Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat

 

Some albums must be heard on a good system in order to capture minor nuances in sound. The Man Who Died In His Boat, the latest release from Liz Harris better known as Grouper, demands a proper listen. Harris' ethereal voice, combined with simple guitar strums and multi-layered drones envelops the listener like a dense fog.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

 

I had never really heard Unknown Mortal Orchestra before listening to this album. I joked with some people at the station that it sounded like it should be a name for a metal band but it is far from it - I found this album to be quite boring really. 


Balacade - Malaise Era

 

Sometimes an album can trigger a memory of a time in your life, mostly likely because you incessantly listened to it. Other times, albums can sound familiar upon first listen, bring back a flood of memories even though you've never heard the songs. This is exactly what Balacade's new release Malaise Era offers. When I first listened to the album it took back back to the summer of 2004, when Grandaddy's Sumday and Dios' self-titled album were the soundtrack of evenings spent with friends around a campfire.


LISTEN TO : Palm Fête - Eyes

 

Palm Fête throws you back to summertime on a hot, breezy beach - cool, calm and collected. Listen to the brand new track, "Eyes". 

 


Violent Future - Street Prowler (PREVIEW TRACK)

 

Check out the first release off Violent Future's self titled and debut release. Immaculate production for a heavy set EP soon to be released and reviewed. Listen here.


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

 

On Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young reminisces about the good old days. It is the first double album he has recorded, and is his longest album to date – it is nearly an hour and a half long.


Alt-J - An Awesome Wave


Alt-J spends a lot of time explaining their name. If you type alt and j on a Mac keyboard, you'll get a triangle. But what does that have to do with slick indie pop? Well nothing, but apparently it has a deeper meaning for the band. The symbol is used in math to mean slow change, which they decided best represents their new sound after dropping their original name, the Films. It's all conceptual nonsense for a band whose music is far from conceptual.


Ollie North – Bringer

 

Ollie North’s latest EP Bringer resonates a beautiful folksy aesthetic, which is firmly grounded in an urban sensibility. The softness and warmth of his sounds mix to construct a dreamy atmosphere, while his unassuming voice, almost hidden in the music, adds a homely comforting feel for the listener. 


Animal Collective - Centipede Hz


Centipede Hz is the ninth full length album from Animal Collective from Baltimore, Maryland. It was announced that on August 19th at 9:00PM eastern time, the band's online radio show would debut their new highly anticipated record in its entirety. 


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