Recent Reviews

Mar 31, 2020
The world we live in is a very dark place right now. We're swept up in a worldwide pandemic, our economic systems consistently fail the majority of its citizens, hate and authoritarian regimes have been rising to power all over the world through increasingly xenophobic populations. This context is vital to understanding the necessity for an album like Katie Crutchfield's "Saint Cloud". Now more than ever I found myself in need of feel good folk music that creates a sense of communal ... read more
Mar 30, 2020
Joseph D'agastino's first solo record after the breakup of the criminally underrated indie-rock band 'Cymbals Eat Guitars' illustrates his continued path towards roots rock while still maintaining the gritty rock and shoegaze production that gave all of those CEG's releases their legendary punch. The title and artwork for Empty Country couldn't be more poignant in our time of self-isolation and paranoia. Ambitious song structures is nothing new for D'agastino but he does a great job of growing ... read more
Mar 24, 2020
At the risk of starting this review with a bad dad joke, it's safe to say that I took a chance on "Night Chancers". I had not heard of him before listening to this new release and as a result was surprised to acknowledge how much I ended up enjoying this album. Dury combines elements of new wave, synth-pop, and noir tinged indie rock to create a listening experience that is consistent thematically and tonally throughout. The bass lines on this thing are fantastic and the female ... read more
Mar 16, 2020
Wow. How Do I even go about this. This album is so unbelievably garish, I genuinely don't think I am going to find another album this year that is worse than this. The combination of break beats over mostly screamed vocals makes for an incredibly sour listening experience; and yes I understand that that is most likely the aesthetic they are going for here, but my god it just doesn't land at all for me. I found myself skipping to the end of most of the songs on this album, something that I ... read more
Mar 16, 2020
Vundabar return with their sleekest, and smoothest album to date, trading in their signature alt-rock noise for a more subdued ode to alternative 80's sounds. If you listen to "Antics", Vundabar's debut album, right before listening to this new record you'll see the enormous strides the band has made in production quality. However what you might also notice is that the urgent and frantic energy that is so tightly paired with the band's aesthetic is sorely missing in action. There are ... read more
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