Album reviews

Album reviews

GOSPELBEACH: ANOTHER SUMMER OF LOVE

June 14th, 2017

Your second record is better than your first. Some say they like this band better than the last. You’re older, you’re wiser, you’re tighter, you’re smarter.

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CUTTY FLAM: SHAPES OF SOUND

May 22nd, 2017

It’s not easy to take vintage styles and make them fresh again, but Cutty Flam manages to do it. Given how far they’ve come in just five years, there should be little doubt that this band is just getting started.

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CFM: DICHOTOMY DESATURATED

April 11th, 2017

I can’t get away from the emotional component: a search seems to be taking place, perhaps seeking of catharsis and release, which seems to manifest in the meanderings of “Dead Weight”, the penultimate number on the album. Dichotomy Desaturated is a journey through the heart of a lonely hunter, in pursuit of clarity as well as agency.

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TASHAKI MIYAKI: THE DREAM

April 10th, 2017

Listening to these velvety songs feels like going on a trip to the coast on an overcast day, which is arguably the best time to go. If you are a fan of Young Prisms, Hope Sandoval, or the Jesus and Mary Chain’s more subdued material, you will fall in love with Tashaki Miyaki.

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FOXYGEN: HANG

April 6th, 2017

Foxygen’s fifth LP, Hang, feels less like an album and more like a mini-musical. In just 32 minutes, the postmodern rock duo—singer Sam France and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado—lead a 40-piece orchestra featuring the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd through E Street Band boogie, Bolan-esque power pop, ragtime schmaltz, and everything in between.

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FRENCH VANILLA: SELF-TITLED

April 1st, 2017

Should it had ever happened that New York No Wave (think James Chance or ESG) ever hooked up with Olympia, Washington, in the early 90’s, the child would that would have resulted would be French Vanilla.