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British Sea Power: Sea of Brass

British Sea Power: Sea of Brass

British Sea Power Sea of Brass (Golden Chariot Records) Among their fans, British Sea Power are known for taking on projects that […]

Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast) The eighth, and one of the most anticipated albums, from Nightwish once again answers, how […]

Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind (Island/Glassnote) After Mumford & Sons not-so-triumphant return on their third album, Wilder Mind, the British alternative rockers have […]

Blur: The Magic Whip

Blur: The Magic Whip

Blur The Magic Whip (Warner Music Group) They could have done anything. They could have done nothing at all. The nature of […]

Therapy?: Disquiet

Therapy?: Disquiet

Therapy? Disquiet (Amazing Record Co.) It’s possible that Therapy? is one of the greatest alternative/metal bands you’ve never heard about. The Northern […]

Passenger: Whispers II

Passenger: Whispers II

Passenger Whispers II (Black Crow Records) After blowing up on the singer/songwriter scene following the success of his single, “Let It Go,” […]

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Snoop Dogg Bush (Doggystyle Records) Rewind to 2012’s Snoop Lion and 2013’s underground duo of 7 Days of Funk (collaboration with DJ […]

Tetra: Meter

Tetra: Meter

L.A.’s electropop queen Tetra is releasing her 7-song EP Meter on us all the month of June. The first single “Bad Things” opens, a naughty little bleat-and-‘booping’-backed dance track with some back-of-the-throat trilling vocal delivery from Tetra and a modulation at its tail.

061180: I’m considering being a cloud

061180: I’m considering being a cloud

“Home bird III” is next. There is actually a note here at the beginning of the high-pitched circling-imagine an orchestra warming-up played on a loop-a loud crystal singe note-like cry. Things level out the end of the first 3rd into a more distinctly held tighter note, very Floyd-ian actually, until we get radio-wave ‘disturbance’ and some distorted vocal. Then we are into high crinkly noise like out of a 50’s sc-ifi movie (only half way in, still) then that low single ringing note again into a metallic swirl and plunky loud single ringing searing overdriven notes, then trilling high vocal trills…again quite Floyd-ian (“Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” anyone?

Slim Loris: Love and Fear

Slim Loris: Love and Fear

Love and Fear is the new 11-song CD from Stockholm’s indie rock quartet Slim Loris. The quartet features Mattias Cederstam on both lead vocals and bass, Robert Barrefelt lead guitar, Leon Lindström rhythm and backing vocals and Jonas Ellenberg playing drums.

Leading off with a jangly “Never Danced Sober” we get Cederstam’s bass up front and Lindström’s perfectly placed harmony vocal. “Higher” follows with Barrefelt starting a simple riff and Cederstam’s acoustic and passionate singing. The chorus just floats with plucked notes, that riff again and Ellenberg’s understated simple beat.

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