Published 9/7/2011 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
High-energy burners like “Blossom Quarter” and “Rapid Racer” have a sort of molten mania about them, surging along on an aural flying carpet of breakneck beats and cascading keyboards, chimes, and strings. But even at his most frenetic, Lone seems ...
Beirut: 'The Rip Tide'
Published 9/7/2011 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
Beirut’s third album, the extremely meticulous (and often achingly beautiful) The Rip Tide, clearly isn’t the work of a loner with his laptop.
Baring Teeth: 'Atrophy'
Published 8/31/2011 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Metal just gets weirder and weirder as it expands, and that can only be a good thing.
Ganglians: 'Still Living'
Published 8/31/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
There’s nothing too adventurous on display in any of these 12 tracks—mainly a lot of surf guitar, basic beats, and off-kilter hooks that gnaw away at your brain.
Disma: 'Towards the Megalith'
Published 8/10/2011 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
Towards the Megalith subverts most of the tiresome conventions of death metal. A throwback never sounded so fresh.
Published 8/10/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
Upbeat doesn’t suit these guys well.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: 'The Harrow and the Harvest'
Published 8/3/2011 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments
Early in her career, Welch’s image was as studiously dour and retro as her songs and music were, full of soldier’s joys and orphan girls. On her more recent albums, she has deigned to notice the 20th century, and her ...
The War on Drugs: 'Slave Ambient'
Published 8/3/2011 at 11:57 a.m. 0 comments
On its second album, Philadelphia trio the War on Drugs rummages through classic rock’s dusty old attic like grannies clean-sweeping a church garage sale.
Washed Out: 'Within and Without'
Published 7/27/2011 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
Ernest Greene isn’t trying anything radically new on Within and Without, typically working the trademarks of his genre: spaced-out beats, mega-reverb, ’80s-styled synths and samplers working silky chord progressions underneath obscured vocal fragments.
Crystal Antlers: 'Two-Way Mirror'
Published 7/27/2011 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
Compared to 2009 debut Tentacles, Two-Way Mirror is much easier to stomach—which is basically the root of its problems.
Jackie-O Motherf--ker: 'Earth Sound System'
Published 7/20/2011 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Psychedelic folk heroes of the Pacific Northwest Jackie-O Motherf--ker specialize in doing whatever they want to do. More often than not, the thing they decide to do is to go very weird and disconnected, but don’t count on it.
The Book of Knots: 'Garden of Fainting Stars'
Published 7/20/2011 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Though it’s being released during summer’s stranglehold, it’s difficult to imagine anybody using the Book of Knots’ Garden of Fainting Stars as the soundtrack for a barbecue. This third studio album from the experimental Brooklyn quartet is a more fitting ...
Eleanor Friedberger: 'Last Summer'
Published 7/13/2011 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments
On her first solo album, Friedberger doesn’t sound all that much different than the Fiery Furnaces, although she’s less trying than some of her band’s more experimental efforts.
Givers: 'In Light'
Published 7/13/2011 at 9:50 a.m. 0 comments
Toss together a bucket of glitter, a case of energy drinks, and five talented twentysomethings and you just might end up with Lafayette, La.’s Givers—or maybe a makeshift rave.
Saåad: 'Pink Sabbath'
Published 7/6/2011 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
What makes one drone as soothing and encompassing and soul-tugging as the sound of the womb and another a flat, dull noise? Maybe it’s as individual as, well, the womb, but it’s possible Romain Barbot of Toulouse, France, has discovered ...