Florist - Holdly
Florist
Holdly
80
Jan 23
Chairlift - Moth
Chairlift
Moth
85
Jan 23

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Jan 23, 2016
85
Don't call it "indie pop." It's gentle funk, it's weird R&B, it's gritty synthpop; it's pop through and through. Caroline Polachek ties it all together with her wildly dexterous voice that cartwheels through all these moods and tones with sparklers in her hands--every impressive vocal turn feels larger than life thanks to the production work of Patrick Wimberly. Everything about this album dazzles these stories of modern romance, elevating the feelings to wildly high places and ... read more
Jan 23, 2016
80
It's a sweet and simple thing and never tries to hide the fact of the matter. Emily Sprague's vocals move slowly and sweetly through meditations on the unholiness of not feeling. Emotions expressed as opportunities for the house to burn down or to feel at peace with the end of the world run cool and calm through the gentle guitars dancing around. It's a celebration, albeit one that feels more like a small smile shared among close friends after a late night confessional than an actual party. ... read more
Sep 3, 2014
91
I have to admit sometimes I worry that all the songs sound a little same-y on here. Similar riffs and structures, but somehow I don't get tired of them, all thanks to the narrative strength of the stories. Collapsed relationships and broken-up bridges haunt a specific location and time built throughout the album, all suffering a storm that throws images between songs, tearing between real-time and reflection. The similarity is stunning because it's actually the same story being told ... read more
Jul 24, 2014
95
It's the third time around and Joyce Manor refuses to disappoint. From the crazy energy of their debut to the more subdued experimentation of Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, they have yet to let up the accessible pop charm of their punk sensibilities with hooks galore and lyrics that read like your own journal entries crinkled and torn from revisits--and all of that is ever strengthened on this album. Their genius truly lies in knowing when to tighten a song up and when to let it ... read more
Jul 7, 2014
89
This is an album of juxtapositions: harsh noise vs. heavenly vocals; crashing guitars vs. crazy synths; depressing realities vs. dramatic joy. But this musical collective manage to find where each yin curves just right against it's respective yang. A beautifully melodic affair that pushes the boundaries of shoegaze, dream pop and electronic into accessible and rewarding experimental heights. The words being sung, although only able to occasionally poke through the sonic haze, play a ... read more
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