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The Get Togethers – Home As In Houston album review

Great music can help us through some truly trying times. Even in some of our bleakest moments, having such a pure emotional outlet to hold onto can act as a sort of beacon, illuminating a strength in ourselves we never knew existed. This acts inversely as well. As musicians create, they pull from within themselves to overcome immense existential trials. Such is the case for Nashville, Tennessee-based The Get Togethers’ debut record, Home As In Houston. Released on September 24th, the group marries indie rock and pop with a finely…

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Eisley – Currents album review

There seems to be quite a bit more buzz surrounding Eisley than I had initially realized there was for this folk-influenced pop rock outfit from Tyler, Texas. With their latest Currents being my first listening experience, I was surprised at the apparent microcosm I was being thrust into, even upon my first listen. Eisley seem to have a knack (even without knowledge of the rest of their body of work) for creating a dense atmosphere, remaining present throughout the whole of the record. Perhaps “orchestral” does not accurately describe Currents’…

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Still Corners – Strange Pleasures album review

The London-based duo, Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, better known as Still Corners released their sophomore album Strange Pleasures last month. The album ambles to a start with an introspective number appropriately titled “The Trip.” Where it takes you depends on who’s listening—for me—it was through middle America: cracked desert highways, vacant diners, shanty mobile homes decked with naked dolls missing eye balls and limbs… the whole gambit. Eventually the guitar solo transported me to a time when I fixated over the pentatonic scale in my parents’ basement, but the…

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Yellow Ostrich – Ghost EP review

Yellow Ostrich may have released a full-length album earlier this year, but that hasn’t stopped their creative juices from concocting yet another, more aurally uniform piece via their moody and appropriately dubbed Ghost EP. If the name Alex Schaaf rings a bell, it’s because he also figures as lead singer for Wisconsin-based band The Chairs (not to be confused with the British band). Yellow Ostrich started off as Schaaf’s solo project in 2009. The following year, Schaaf relocated to Brooklyn and added drummer Michael Tapper to the lineup, with bassist Jon Natchez…

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Satellite Stories – Phrases To Break The Ice album review

It’s time to put your party hat(s?!) on because Satellite Stories demand nothing less in their fun-filled album Phrases To Break The Ice. Singer-guitarist Esa, guitarist Marko, bassist Jyri and drummer Oli-Pekka formed in October 2008 in Oulu, Finland. Even if by 2010 these Scandinavian satellites had only a 3-tracked promo EP to their name, their SoundCloud demo plays boasted remarkable numbers and led them to be the most blogged about Finnish band of that year. They’ve also graced international crowds with their party-based indie-pop sound through European and Japanese…

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Sky Ferreira – Ghost EP review

While Sky Ferreira’s musical past was mostly dance-oriented, her latest Ghost EP delivers a set of somewhat different, yet highly appealing tunes to the delight of varied listeners. Los Angeles-native Sky Ferreira was surrounded and influenced by music from a young age, what with having a hairstylist mother whose client was none other than Michael Jackson himself. By the time she turned 15, her significant MySpace following—thanks to her appealing demos—had led her to Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant, which ultimately culminated in a record deal with Parlophone records in…

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The xx – Coexist album review

Three years after their hit debut album, The xx’s latest release renews your opportunity to plunge into your realm of deep, dark, and mixed emotions. Hailing from the U.K, band members Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim met as students at London’s Elliott School and began performing in 2005. The following year, they added member Jamie Smith to the group. Their self-produced debut album xx, released in 2009, met with high acclaim, ranking amongst the top 10 on Rolling Stone and NME’s “best of the year” lists. After extensive touring,…

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Deep Time – Deep Time album review

I just awoke from my post-Osheaga hangover – a week and a half after the festival had ended. I admit, that’s a terribly sad feat for a reasonably fit guy like myself. Regardless, it’s nice to get back into the grind and listen to some new music. Deep Time’s Self-Titled album, which means it’s called Deep Time, you delinquent, looked kinda promising for a pop duo from Austin. Nine tracks deep and simplistic, Deep Time is rather average upon first glance. It’s still average upon a second glance. Deep Time suffers from…

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The Crookes – Hold Fast album review

Pleasant riffs and decent pop sensibilities are the defining traits of Hold Fast, the sophomore release from The Crookes, but if it is musical depth you are looking for, this probably isn’t the album for you. The sound of The Crookes is not one that offends by any means, one that comes off as a blend between Buddy Holly and Elvis Costello. Unfortunately, they don’t quite have the freshness of Holly and lack the musical craftsmanship of Costello. Opening the album is a track called Maybe in the Dark and…

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Tanlines – Mixed Emotions album review

I was skipping around the satellite radio channels the other day, trying to find something that suited my mood. I stumbled across Tanlines for a few seconds, decided I wanted to blast some EDM like a musically inept teenage raver, and went on with my life. But was I ever glad to arrive home, check my email, and be assigned to review this album. With summer fast approaching, Tanlines’ Mixed Emotions is an experimental indie pop album that will be on repeat. The NYC band’s debut opens up with “Brothers,” which…

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