Album reviews

Album reviews

BATHS: ROMAPLASM

November 17th, 2017

Despite a newfound accessibility and aesthetic, Romaplasm’s deeply reflective nature proves something sugar-coated doesn’t have to suffer a loss in sincerity.

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THE CIGARETTE BUMS: SIDEWALKIN’

November 15th, 2017

Every song sounds as if it was culled from a stack of psychedelic rock platters from the era’s 1966-69 heyday. Not clever pastiches in the manner of Neil Innes or note-perfect tributes like a half a dozen notable LPs of the Paisley Underground movement, either—what the Bums wheel out is closer to the Actual THC-soaked Nastyass Thing, minimally retooled for a less optimistic era with stronger drugs.

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DEVONWHO: BETALOOPS

November 13th, 2017

He's admitted none of the pieces are songs—instead, they're vignettes, or snapshots of his developing artistic process-but the album still conveys a coherent thought process, like a precisely curated photo album where each image means something crucial and intimate to their assembler and vague—but beautiful—to the outsider.

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FUNK FREAKS: STREET-FUNK VOL. 1 (FUNKY DRIVE BAND AND DOMINATOR F. LOELITAH)

November 11th, 2017

There’s something smoldering about “Fast & Crazy”—it’s an ember that burns low but burns hot, and you’ll want to play it over and over.

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GREGG KOWALSKY: L’ORANGE L’ORANGE

November 9th, 2017

For all the albums that have been predicated on the concept of Los Angeles, this one feels remarkably pure. It's removed from the cultural darkness and in tune with the spiritual essence always pulsing through the hills and seas.

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MERCH: AMOUR BOHEMIAN

November 6th, 2017

“I wanted to make the biggest, grandest album I could, with the widest dynamic range I could imagine, something that will sound new every time you listen to it and hopefully last beyond my years.” says Medina. While I can only speak for myself in the present, I'd still say 'mission accomplished.' However muted the shine, MERCH shot for the stars and crash-landed on a strange planet all its own.