Album reviews

Album reviews

BOY DUDE: CASSETTE FOR YOU

November 2nd, 2017

As the title suggests, Cassette was recorded on a Tascam Portastudio, lending the recordings the lo-fi grit of a past era, but the production is clear enough that the songwriting shines through—which is what sets Boy Dude apart, with slick chords, detailed percussion and immediately catchy songs.

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MIYA FOLICK: GIVE IT TO ME EP

November 1st, 2017

Whether it’s the fragile vibrato in her upper-register, or the knock-down drag-out guttural strength she displays at the peaks of “Aging” and “Give It To Me,” Folick gives it everything she’s got—it’s the kind of conviction that forces you to feel what she wants you to feel. The result is an absolutely stunning five-song EP that delivers a heavy dose of the brilliance hinted at by last year’s stand-alone singles—“Pet Body” and “God Is A Woman”—and hits with the heft of a polished and powerful full-length-LP.

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JOHN CARROLL KIRBY: TRAVEL

October 26th, 2017

There are moments of quiet elegance and others of overblown exotica, but this is a wonderful transformative record that must be taken whole.

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JOSIAH STEINBRICK: MEETING OF WATERS

October 22nd, 2017

At times, the way Steinbrick's fragments of sound ricochet before settling perfectly into place makes Meeting of Waters sound someone assembling a musical puzzle. And the way Steinbrick puts it all together satisfies the most obsessive compulsive desires—in the end, it's a perfectly symmetrical pattern.

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MASTON: TULIPS

October 19th, 2017

Equal parts film score and frothy 60’s pop-rock—think Ennio Morricone composing songs for yé-yé queen Sylvie Vartan.

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FLAT WORMS: SELF TITLED

October 18th, 2017

Look, I wanted to be objective in this review, but this album just won’t allow it. I try to have integrity when it comes to writing a review and I try to not inject myself into the writing, but I’m going to violate that principle with this album ... I’m going to Vonnegut this shit.