Album reviews

Album reviews

D33J: DEATH VALLEY OASIS

September 7th, 2017

Rather than a collection of beats, Death Valley Oasis is a deep dive into D33J’s dark, romantic soundworld, sifting through fragments of hazy r&b, dub techno, and ambient pop, all polished to sublime beauty.

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NOSAJ THING: PARALLELS

September 6th, 2017

Jason Chung’s music has always had an ethereal quality–even his debut Drift, um, drifted along more effortlessly than any of his beatmaking peers–but weightless tracks like “IGYC” and “Nowhere” feel like confident new territory, with delicate synth pads and looping vocals supplanted by bristling field recordings instead of kick drums.

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THE DREAM SYNDICATE: HOW DID I FIND MYSELF HERE?

September 5th, 2017

Sonically speaking, How Did I Find Myself Here? is the most gigantic Dream Syndicate album to date–a beautifully layered, euphoric feedback wonderland that could easily be interpreted as a more working-class Spiritualized hybrid—they’ve even added lush synths—without compromising that untouchable Dream Syndicate “it” thing.

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L.A. WITCH: SELF-TITLED

September 4th, 2017

With a name like L.A. Witch, you already have a pretty good idea of the music you’re about to hear: something black, something sexy, a soundtrack to the forbidden.

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HAPPY HOLLOWS: CONCORDIA

September 1st, 2017

If Happy Hollows’ 2014 album Amethyst was the beginning of the band’s movement away from the 90s rock style that powered 2013’s Spells, their latest Concordia is confirmation that they have landed firmly in synth-pop territory.

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DUSTIN LOVELIS: BEEN HIT BEFORE

August 25th, 2017

Lovelis is proving to be just as strong a producer as he is a songwriter—I'm very much looking forward to what he has in store for the future.