Album reviews

Album reviews

MIND MELD: SELF-TITLED

February 17th, 2017

I think it’s safe to say we are in a golden age of garage rock in Southern California, and Mind Meld carries on that tradition. Make no mistake: this self-titled album is a scorcher all the way through.

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HANNI EL KHATIB: SAVAGE TIMES

February 13th, 2017

Over the course of 2016 Hanni El Khatib released a number of EPs under the name Savage Times. Every few months resulted in a different gift, each as unexpected as the last. Having had the opportunity to experience all of the volumes—as well as cover some as they were released—I can say they’re just as powerful now as they were originally separately.

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SHANNON LAY: ALL THIS LIFE GOIN DOWN

February 11th, 2017

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of these recordings is how intimate they feel. There is never a moment that passes where it doesn’t feel like Lay is in the room, performing these songs by herself. There is strength in presenting yourself with nothing to hide behind, and that is exactly what Shannon Lay does on All This Life Goin Down. Here she can speak simply, directly, and honestly, drawing listeners in just as closely as Jackson C. Frank or Judee Sill ever did.

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MEATBODIES: ALICE

February 10th, 2017

This newest album—with its almost prog rock undertones—has propelled the band forward from relatively simple (but amazing) punk into what I can describe as the sound of a band on a quest to find who they are. Call it classic but daring and new at the same time, with lots of keyboards and 12 string acoustic guitars, sweetly arranged vocals and captivating drums. Meatbodies had already created a solid foundation for themselves, but now with Alice, they’re using that foundation to bravely launch themselves into the unknown.

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LOW LEAF: PALM PSALMS

February 10th, 2017

Centerpiece “Sun Psalm” turns a prayer “for the new dawn to rise and clean the hearts of all humanity” into a lush epic, with strings swirling around Lopez’s voice and harp as she weaves together soothing mantras. It’s a thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating experience, not unlike the artist’s group sound baths, which she runs from her Highland Park home. Enter consciously and respectfully, trust her with your time, and let the music carry you far away—or somewhere deep within.

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GYPSY MAMBA: MAGNETIC SYNDROMES

January 27th, 2017

Giurar, a regular Low End Theory attendee-turned-frequent LET feature, may have plenty of beat scene credentials, but Magnetic Syndromes ain’t a beat tape: it’s a brave, unorthodox suite of music, one with as much hip-hop in its blood as there is prog, movie scores, and ‘80s New Age. It’s a record that distorts Giurar’s pain into all sorts of shapes, while giving it plenty of space in which to echo