Album reviews

Album reviews

MOANING: SELF-TITLED

March 14th, 2018

Before this year, L.A. post-punks Moaning had only a single to their name, but their self-titled LP feels less like a debut than the peak of a seasoned group’s discography where they’ve found a way to effortlessly communicate a physical and emotional state.

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SHARK TOYS: LABYRINTHS

March 9th, 2018

Shark Toys are the humanists in Los Angeles’ punk movement. “In Between,” the final song on side one, is an examination of the unpredictable nature of the self, represented in the muddled, fluttering guitar. There is an tension here that extends beyond the borders of the album, blowing past the confines of sounds and communicating like an abstract expressionist painting. This is and isn’t slap-dash music; it’s a frenzied attempt at escape: escaping oneself, one’s surroundings, and one’s state—metaphorical and otherwise!

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PRISM TATS: MAMBA

March 8th, 2018

From the beginning of the album, Garett van der Spek—the man behind Prism Tats—hits the listener with an overwhelming sound that pulls you into a universe where anxiety runs high and technology drives it higher.

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BENEDEK: KUSHEL EP

March 8th, 2018

Benedek’s moody and chic new offering (in anticipation of his spring tour through Korea, China, and Japan) is a pastiche of travel-themed textures built from his characteristically flowery synth tones and playful drum machine patterns.

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VUG ARAKAS: RESTLESS EP

March 6th, 2018

Arakas’ paeans to youth evoke Paul Westerberg at his most wistful and straightforward. The title track is the clear standout here, an anthem for the worldweary replete with Springsteen-y “oohs” and a guitar solo that bridges the gap between classic pop jangle and contemporary Nashville twang.

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DEAD MEADOW: THE NOTHING THEY NEED

March 2nd, 2018

Dead Meadow have proven themselves to be truly one of the greater bands to flirt with—or carry on—the shoegaze and stoner rock traditions. The Nothing is a wonderful collection of songs from a an still-amazing band.