Sylvan Esso’s song “Play It Right” speaks of two sounds and two souls coming together. This, in a sense, is how Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso came to be a band. After sharing the bill in a small club, Meath asked Sanborn to remix the song she had written and the rest is history. The pair met up in Durham, North Carolina to start work on their self-titled debut album, a swirl of electro-pop beats and Meath’s cool and soothing ... Read More
Street Eaters named their second record more than appropriately. Blood/Muscles/Bones channels the raw approach to rock 'n' roll once taken by '70s and '80s innovators such as Wipers, Gang of Four, and X. On "Reverse" a combination of driving drumbeats and evil guitar riffs get the fuse lit with a perfect two-and-a-half minute burst of fiery punk rock. "Null" follows suit, channeling the aforementioned Los Angeles punk band with trade-off male/female ... Read More
Heartsrevolution has been a known name in the club scene both here in the states and across the pond since 2008, so it may be a bit surprising to discover that their first full-length album is only now coming out. Over the past few years, the duo went far to promote an image that made their name one to be remembered. Lead singer Leyla “Lo” Safai dons a pink stripe across her eyes, they travel across the country in a Swarovski crystal-covered ice ... Read More
Nikki Lane met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at her pop-up vintage clothing stall. She was wearing a hunting jacket he wanted to buy. It turned into a case of being in the right place at the right time. Auerbach ended up producing Lane’s sophomore album All Or Nothin’, a collaboration nothing short of sensational. The 13-track record starts of with “Right Time”, an outlaw anthem that showcases Lane’s bluesy soul and country attitude. ... Read More
It seems fitting that Jessica Weiss began penning songs as soundtracks to student films since the Brighton-based lead singer and songwriter’s lyrics are rife with vivid imagery, intense drama, and compelling storylines. Fellow art student Guitarist Daniel Falvey met Weiss after an exhibition of her work inspired him, and drummer Michael Miles was later brought in to handle percussion. Together shoegaze trio Fear of Men creates a bittersweet sound by blending ... Read More
Alice Boman's EP II should be listened to outdoors during a spring dusk, at around 7 in the evening. Her voice, full of impossible longing, speaks the darkness of distance and the brightness of pyres burning in sunset colors. The album opens with "What," a track that features a rhythm section made up of the occasional kick and ambient scratches, plus gorgeous piano floating in a lake of white noise. "Over" is one of the highlights of the record, reminiscent ... Read More
When I tell Loke Rahbek of the Danish band Vär that their debut LP No One Dances Quite Like Our Brothers (Sacred Bones Records) makes me feel like I’ve just drank a little too much GHB, he tells me he actually likes the description. It makes sense to equate Vär’s dark, sludgy electronic feast to the drug commonly associated with date rape.
“I knew a guy who died from GHB once,” Rahbek says.
I tell him that you have to be ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
in Music Stuff
on May 08, 2013
Chicago-based duo Hobbyist are no noobs when it comes to creating a weirdo sound of their own. They formed the strange electronica project, I Luv Luv Birds, back in '04 but dropped the name and started anew as Hobbyist. As a garage-y indie rock band, Holly Prindle sings and Marc Mozga provides the guitar, bass, melodica, and drum machine programming. They've just released their first full-length as Hobbyist, a self-titled, angsty ride that lets its electronic ... Read More
It's been six years since Patty Griffin released an album of new material. Yeah, she did a way cool Gospel album (which won a Grammy) then recorded and toured with Robert Plant's Band of Joy but no new stuff since '07's stand out Children Running Through. Well, girlfriend is back with what I consider to be her most personal album yet and it's in tribute to her recently departed father.
Although Ms. Griffin is identified as an acoustic guitar and piano ... Read More
AroarA, a Canadian husband and wife duo comprised of Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene) and Ariel Engle (Land of Kush), bring us a most exquisite debut entitled In the Pines. This EP is part of a forthcoming album and adaptation of Alice Notley’s book of poems of the same name. Each song corresponds with one of the poems and contains words and phrases in the lyrics. If the EP is any indication, the release of the full-length album is sure to be as ... Read More