It's hard to believe that Laura Veirs started her musical career 20 years ago in a punk band, so is suited her voice and storytelling to folk-pop. During the ensuing time Veirs has honed her craft, working with long term collaborators and occasional label mates Tucker Martine, Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore and Eyvind Kang. Now she has produced The Lookout, her 10th solo studio album, which works as a deceptively simple ode to the everyday and...Read more
The Berlin-based electronic duo is back with their most inventive album yet. Richly textured, Dimensional People marks a slight departure for Mouse on Mars, who are well known for their seminal dancefloor records (1999's Nium Niggung and 2001's Idiology). This album features an extensive list of collaborators (The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon) and seamlessly glides between rigid structure and mercurial dynamics. Each...Read more
Now then: Confidence Man. It's a sound somewhere between the synth- and cowbell-driven electro-punk abandon of early LCD Soundsystem and Le Tigre, elevated by a sense of Beck's genre-remixing spirit and Hot Chip's knack for a hook, drenched in the sweet psych glaze of Jagwar Ma. Let's not fuck about, there's no time for that now. This four-piece from down under didn't come here to be analysed, they didn't come here to get heavy - they came here to...Read more
At surface level, Kyle Thomas' own thoughts about his new album have hinted to hint at a massive reinvention of his sound, a complete 180 to the beer-spilling, eccentric garage rock he so happily fuelled on previous LP 'Black Moon Spell'. And to an extent, he's right. 'The Other' provides a more expansive and atmospheric landscape that lends itself to various genres and moods - the use of organs, for one, is the most striking, as well as a more ambient...Read more
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