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Bomb The Bass – In The Sun album review

British electronic one man band Bomb The Bass are back with a new album. While I find the end result to be intriguing, this style of electronic music always leaves me wanting more. A lot of this has to do with the fact that so much of the emphasis in this music is on texture, to the point that other things tend to get left out. In essence, I feel like what I’m hearing is a set of glorified bed tracks. The ideas that are put forth are generally interesting…

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Hooded Fang – Gravez album review

Canadian indie-rockers Hooded Fang play really bouncy post-punk sounding music. Something about the way the rhythm section coheres reminds me of a happy version of Joy Division. The drums are simple but right on and the bass lines are percussive and rhythmic, and they work perfectly together. The vocalist is nothing at all like Ian Curtis, his vocal style being more melodic and in a higher register, with more of a head voice quality to it. Something about this bands music reminds me of the type of music Wes Anderson…

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Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All album review

The melodic musings of one Fred Thomas find an outlet on One Kiss Ends It All, the new album by the Michigan musical mastermind; yet another collection of generally well written tunes to add to an already sizable output. There is an overriding sense of melancholy that permeates the whole experience of listening to this album, as if the listener is privy to some kind of reminiscence. The opening track possesses some kind of ethereal magic attached to it, some kind of psychedelic spiritual something that drifts in the ether….

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Lombok – The Great Southeast album review

Lombok is the name of an island in the Indonesian archipelago. It is also the name of a musical project created by Owen Hooper, a Canadian citizen who spent time living in Jakarta, the capital of Java, another island in the the Indonesian archipelago. It is a chronicle of his time there. The music has a largely dream pop type of feel to it, very ethereal in terms of its tone color and moderate in its tempo. Hooper’s vocals are very prominent throughout, and the melodic arcs and phrasing of…

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer album review

Charging out the gate in their usually gentle way, The Dillinger Escape Plan has dropped another churning, complex, and musically satisfying chunk of musical stream of thought in our collective lap. At this point in time, with five albums under their belt and an extensive touring history playing with basically everyone, Ben Weinman and company have proved their ability as one of the most potent acts in current experimental metal. If anything, the artistic statement on this record is more concentrated and aggro, while also giving vent to the more…

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Jim Guthrie – Takes Time album review

Take Time, Jim Guthrie’s newest album, starts off in a fairly exciting way but quickly runs out of steam. The first track, ‘Taking My Time’, unfolds in a very unique way, and the rest of the album proceeds to not live up to the promise hinted at by that first track. The first line of the second song, ‘What a Difference a Day Made’ could be changed to ‘What a Difference a Song Made’. In fact, the second track sets the context of mediocrity in which the rest of the…

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CROSS – Obsidian Spectre album review

Apparently there is a tritone in the opening riff of the song ‘Lucky Loki’, the first track off Obsidian Spectre. At any rate, the first track does a great job of setting the tone for the rest of the album. Cross is like some awesome bastard child of an illicit tryst between Black Sabbath, Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, and a male version of Nico from Velvet Underground. The vocals imply a sort of ‘serious mystical insight’ quality to the rest of the music, due to the detached quality of…

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I Monster – Swarf album review

I, Monster is a musical behemoth, a visionary throwback to the psychedelic recast in the now. Trippy, tuneful, and textured, this British duo create beautifully intricate songs that are equally balanced in the production and songwriting departments. Active for quite some time, the group has a fair sized discography under its belt. The fact of their experience is evident as each track spins out in a solidly constructed and well-paced manner. The 1975 aim to create ‘alternative pop’; I, Monster seems to create something like ‘alternative electronica’, which is a…

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Har Mar Superstar – Bye Bye 17 album review

If all musicians currently making music possessed the talent, charisma, and songwriting chops of Sean Tillman, the world of music would be an amazing place to inhabit. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Fortunately, Tillman inhabits the little slice of the music ‘verse that he does, which is awesome. Har Mar Superstar is a white R&B sex god in the body of a somewhat out of shape guy in his mid-thirties who, rumor has it, has a tendency to perform shows nearly naked. I’ve never actually seen him live, so…

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Mudhoney – Vanishing Point album review

Vanishing Point is an inadvertently funny walk down memory lane. If you were in high school in the nineties, you had at least an inkling of an idea who Mark Arm and company were. This was the band that helped Sub Pop get the ball rolling as a label, the band that was always right in the background of the big name acts of the grunge rock explosion of that time. Listening to this album reiterates why Mudhoney were never that big. While there is that interesting mix of influences…

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