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Oct 6, 2014
76
Gidge’s debut album Autumn Bells is what happens when you’re creating electronic music surrounded by nothing but thick woods in the northern parts of Sweden; the music unfolds as semi-surrealistic paintings of endless woodlands and frosty fields understood through the lens of spacious, stretched-out compositions. The magic of Autumn Bells lies in the beautiful but mostly hostile instrumentation clashed with eerie warped voice samples. The chilly piano and foamy percussions of ... read more
Oct 6, 2014
77
Portland’s highly prolific multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos (also in Om, Lilacs & Champagne and Grail) has released multiple albums as Holy Sons ranging as far back as the early 90’s. And while I previously only dropped in on him on occasion, I’ve come to understand that it’s almost impossible to pigeonhole his songwriting. Previously, his albums as Holy Sons sounded homespun and lo-fi; as a grainy version of bluesy folk that kept him well under the radar. However, ... read more
Oct 6, 2014
77
For those of you unfamiliar with Hiss Golden Messenger (a.k.a the largely solo project of MC Taylor, together with longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch), Lateness of Dancers is, as far as I know, his fifth full-length; all almost equally brilliant, although very different inside of a broader definition of tradition American singer-songwriting and folk-rock in general. Bob Dylan is an obvious reference, mostly due to Taylor’s often nasal, dragging vocals. Allman Brothers are another. But ... read more
Oct 6, 2014
74
I’ve always had a soft-spot for Ryan Adams, but to be honest, he hasn’t really released anything of dignity since Jacksonville City Nights. His later-day albums Ashes & Fire, Easy Tiger even Cardinology served their purpose by being my guilty pleasures; background music I’ve put on when cooking a stew on Sunday afternoons, or when trying to introduce “country” to people with no extensive knowledge of music beyond commercial FM waves. What I’m trying to ... read more
Oct 6, 2014
70
To give you a quick background; She Keeps Bees is a Brooklyn duo often referred to as a “reversed White Stripes”, mostly because they’re a boy/girl duo where Jess Larrabee sings/plays guitar and her boyfriend Andy LaPlant plays the drum. To some extent, their obvious blues-rock references – with raw and animated guitar riffs melted with lurching drums – validates the White Stripes-analogy. But that is merely one of many sides to their story; Larrabee’s voice ... read more
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