Posts tagged with ‘music reviews’

Passion Pit … Gossamer … 2012

If Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs focused more on melody than on percussion, she might sound a bit like Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit. Gorgeous pop with falsetto male vocals and intricate, sugary beats deals with subjects as heavy as immigration, alcoholism, economic disparity, suicide, mental illness, drugs, and domestic abuse. Best New Music on Pitchfork!

Bowerbirds … The Clearing … 2012

Bowerbirds’ third LP is notably more rounded and full. Though this duo turned hippie band has always cultivated a minimalist vision, weaving ideas of nature and belonging into quiet, clear melodies; The Clearing is just a bit more sonically diverse and bombastic. Rich and guttural yet characteristically restrained, these songs are not for the jaded but for the young and curious- those unwary of zealous odes where the melancholic and the impassioned emotions meet back on the other side. A few songs on the album burn bright and shine on their own, but if experience is any guide, the true gems of a Bowerbirds record will likely take time to unearth themselves.

Gonjasufi … MU.ZZ.LE … 2012

This cat is a yoga instructor turned psych-hip-hop folk artist. He specializes in left-field wonked-out bliss that befuddles anyone looking for genre tags. Kinda like a Mody/Sufjan/Eels burrito. Nothing terribly groundbreaking but well done.

Cass McCombs … Humor Risk … 2011

Part depressing odes, part ‘70s macchismo throwback, all rock. Somewhere between lust and lament, Cass is looking for salvation.

Krewella … Play Hard EP … 2012

Stellar rave music. You can’t stop yourself from moving to this one.

RIYL Noisestorm, Skrillex, Omnitica