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Neneh Cherry - Blank Project


April 2, 2014


Neneh Cherry has made a huge impact on the past 10 or so years of music. You make recognize her one-hit wonder, the 1988 single “Buffalo Stance.” This new album proves that Neneh Cherry is not just a one hit wonder. On Blank Project, Cherry returns to the basic combination of beats and vocals. Blank Project is very simple, putting a focus on the deep lyrics. Tracks like “Across the Water” are as simple as can be. Cherry literally sings over a drum beat with no other accompaniment. Through her fulfilling rich voice, Neneh makes for an emotional performance that more meaningful than some songs of large groups. Some of the tracks feature bass lines and synth parts here and there. At no point in the album is there any busyness, only simplicity. Ranging from conversational flow to almost a rap, Cherry maintains the club-pop roots of her original smash hit. Cherry is notably confident in this album, seeming strengthened by the minimalist tone that is exemplified.

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Stone Jack Jones - Ancestor


April 2, 2014


As a Nashville based folk artist, Stone Jack Jones mixes country, pop, and authentic rock ’n’ roll to create his third LP. Ancestor is the result of trio sessions consisting of Jones, Lambchop guitarist Ryan Norris, and Lylas banjo player Kyle Hamlett. With the exception of sing-along choruses like “Joy”, the album focuses on deeper undertones, such as isolation and despair. Jones captures these somber themes through the use of eerie harmonies and dismal guitar playing in songs like “Red Red Rose” and “Way Gone Wrong”. Stone Jack Jones is a descendent from a generation of coal miners, so listeners of Ancestor are taking a step into his mind. His lyrics reminds us that feelings of heartache, sadness, and loneliness are very real.

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Grizfolk - From the Spark


April 2, 2014


The American and Stockholm combination offers a new and refreshing take on music. From the thumping beats of electro-pop to the junkyard twang of southern rock “Hymnals” begins From The Spark off on a good note. Grizfolk slows things down with “Vegabonds,” a song about struggling to find your place in life. All in all, it is good EP album to get this band noticed and bring their unique style to the music industry.



1/5

1 vote

Com Truise - Wave


March 11, 2014


1. Wasat: my first formal introduction to Com Truise is a blissful one, an intriguingly painted sounded- scape with delightful synth rifts which makes up the most of the first track, and when the layered drugs actual begin to do their work the songs almost over 2. Mind: I like the vibe of it better than the first, with pinging synth lines and crisp drums, com’s signature sound is again redefined. An epic lead tops of the tracks sound design. Which while far from grotesque, is quite repetitive. 3. Declination (feat. Joel Ford): begins with a haunting delayed synth line that permeates for the first 2 measures, then the crunchy drums, and bold base begin to do their work. As other sounds are sprinkled in the track begins to take it’s shape, and by the 2 min. Mark we’ve seen much of the songs diversity already 4. Mind: starts of odd, with a washy synth and distorted vocals, and what sounds like a default garage band synth. I really get an 80s vibe on this track, like a darker, distorted 80s vibe. The singer goes on and on about gravity, and while hard to interpret his speech makes for a perfect and unlikely complement for the instrumental he backs. -Andrew Dutton

1/5

1 vote

Menace Beach - Lowtalker EP


March 11, 2014


The Leeds-based indie supergroup live up to their name. Menace Beach release Lowtalker, a five track sample of surf-pop meets slacker-rock. The EP contains hints of psychedelia, especially in “Fortune Teller”. This track kicks off the record with a laid-back, dense instrumentation that remains constant throughout the EP. Reminiscent of the early sounds of Smashing Pumpkins, “Honolulu” has a catchy, carefree chorus mixed with a strong baseline. Lowtalker has the windows down, speakers up kind of feel. No matter where or when you listen to it, the record brings a sense of summer and relaxation - very fitting for a band with the word “Beach” in their name. -Kristen Humphries

3/5

2 votes

The Silver Palms - Superstar


March 11, 2014


TheSilver Palms combine an energetic feel with lively instrumentals for an upbeat music listening experience. It was hard to get a read on the band after only hearing two songs so hopefully they decide to add onto their solid lineup already and shake things up a little. They sounded like they were having fun on the record and seem to be enjoying putting everything together like true artists should. The Silver Palms songs were relatable and I could definitely turn the speakers up to these tunes with the windows down for a ride in the warm spring weather which is coming soon. -Steve Donze



3/5

3 votes

King tuff - Screaming skull / Total control - scene from a marriage (7" split)


October 22, 2012


New release from Sub Pop Records brings King Tuff and Total Control to the Indie Rock scene. The album promotes the feel of live music, encouraging the listener to turn the volume up. Fans of Thee Oh Sees and The Men should pick up this album. The song Contract also brings an electronic flare to the release. It incorporates themes from Scene from a Marriage with synthesized instruments and drums. -Tom Taylor

2/5

2 votes

Skipping Girl Vinegar - Keep Calm


October 22, 2012


Skipping Girl Vinegar’s album Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey has 12 tracks on it and all 12 are undoubtedly worth at least 3 back to back listens. The band shows talent and thoughtfulness that can be rare nowadays depending on where you’re looking. I personally loved this album because of the reach it had, the music was relaxing and exciting all at the same time and the singers voice was able to perfectly match the tone the band members were going for. The lyrics are all really interesting even to just read. I honestly can’t get enough of these guys! Definitely recommended to pretty much everyone! -Mariah Davis

1/5

1 vote

Blessed Feathers - Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds


October 22, 2012


Jacquelyn Beaupre and Donivan Berube are a couple turned folk-duo hailing from south-east Wisconsin. Experimenting with banjo, guitar, piano sounds and vocal harmonies: Blessed Feathers creates a uniquely vivid sound on every track. Lovers of folk will not be disappointed by their new album ”Peaceful Beasts In an Ocean of Weeds”! And having teamed with producer Kevin McMahon, who has worked with Titus Andronicus and Real Estate, listeners can expect the same great quality of sound. Tracks #3 (Stinging Nettle and Honeysuckle) and #1 (By Song Through the Americans) are a must! -Anna Di Stefano