Song of the Week: “Ocean (feat. Tomberlin)” by Young Jesus


Young Jesus – “Ocean (feat. Tomberlin)”

An ethereal track from the LA-based band Young Jesus with Tomberlin providing harmonies is the first single off the upcoming album Shepherd Head.

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Song of the Week: “Silence is Golden” by The Beths


The Beths : “Silence is Golden”

The title is more a plea than a promise as the raging lyrics and roaring guitars build the sense of anxiety that makes us desire some peace and quiet.  See my earlier posts on The Beths here.

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Album of the Week: Editrix Goes To Hell by Editrix


Album: Editrix Goes To Hell
Artist: Editrix
Release Date: June 3, 2022
Label: Exploding in Sound
Favorite Tracks:

  • Editrix Goes To Hell
  • Queering Ska
  • Cowboy
  • Gut Project
  • Time Can’t Be Redeemed

Thoughts:

The punk pop trio from Western Massachusetts returns with a follow-up to their 2021 debut album Tell Me I’m Bad.  Darkness and sweetness merge over swirling guitars with singsong lyrics.  They’re swiftly becoming one of the most creative contemporary bands out there.

Rating: ****

 

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Album of the Week: Wet Leg by Wet Leg


Album: Wet Leg
Artist: Wet Leg
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Label: Domino Recording Co Ltd
Favorite Tracks:

  • Being in Love
  • Chaise Longue
  • Wet Leg
  • Ur Mum
  • Supermarket
  • Too Late Now

Thoughts: Wet Leg feels more like a compilation than a debut album since the British indie rock duo of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers have been releasing a string of infectious singles since spring of 2021.  The lyrics are brazen, sometimes bratty, and the hooks are infectious.

Rating: ***1/2

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Song of the Week: “King” by Florence + The Machine


Florence + The Machine – “King”

The first time I heard “King” by England’s  Florence + The Machine, it kicked me in the ass.  From Florence Welch’s vocals to the big sound of the production, it was a full-on boot to the posterior experience.  Now, you may not find this desirable, but still give the song a listen and hopefully it will be gentle but firm to your buttocks.

 

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Album Review: Things Take Time, Take Time by Courtney Barnett


Album: Things Take Time, Take Time
Artist: Courtney Barnett
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Label: Mom & Pop
Favorite Tracks:

  • “Rae Street”
  • “Here’s the Thing”
  • “If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight”

Thoughts: I’ve long been a fan of Australian artist Courtney Barnett, so I’m always excited about a new release.  On this album, the tempo shifts to slower than previous works and Barnett’s singing sounds a bit tired, thematically appropriate to the lyrics that speak of a sense of resignation.  My first sense is that I don’t like this sound as much as Barnett’s earlier albums, but it is still high-quality music worth listening to.
Rating: ***

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Album Review: Valentine by Snail Mail


Album: Valentine
Artist: Snail Mail
Release Date: November 5, 2021
Label: Matador Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • “Valentine”
  • “Ben Franklin”
  • “Automate”
  • “Mia”

Thoughts:

Snail Mail is an indie music project of Maryland’s Lindsey Jordan. I hadn’t heard of Snail Mail before the big buzz about this album’s release so I decided to check it out.  The music has a 1990s sound reminiscent to me of something like Letters to Cleo or Velocity Girl, but also more contemporary artists like Girlpool and Clairo.  Songwriting is Jordan’s strong suit with some impassioned lyrics on love and love lost.  She also makes some pretty intense videos as you can see below.

Rating: ***1/2

Album Review: Let Me Do One More by Illuminati Hotties


Album: Let Me Do One More
Artist: Illuminati Hotties
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Label: Snack Shack Tracks
Favorite Tracks:

  • “Pool Hopping”
  • “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA”
  • “Threatening Each Other Re: Capitalism”
  • “Growth”

Thoughts: I’ve been following illuminati hotties since the group’s first album in 2017 and enjoy the infectious punk rave-up sound with touches of bubblegum.  Sarah Tudzin, who leads the project, calls it “tenderpunk.”  The music may make you overlook the intelligent lyrics that focus on both the personal and the political, so listen carefully.
Rating: ***1/2

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Album Review: Structure by Water From Your Eyes


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Artist: Water From Your Eyes
Release Date: August 27, 2021
Label: Wharf Cat Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • “When You’re Around”
  • “Track Five”
  • “”Quotations””

Thoughts: This album from the Brooklyn electro-pop duo Water From Your Eyes documents a break-up.  Specifically the end of the romantic relationship between band members Rachel Brown and Nate Amos, although they remain together as a band and as friends.  There’s a lot of variety to hear: Beatles-esque harmonies, shoegaze guitar, ghostly vocals, relentless industrial noise…  It changes from track to track and sometimes within the song.  But there is, er, structure here as the album is broken into two sets of four songs symmetrical to the other four.
Rating: ***1/2

Album Review: Get Up Sequences Part One by The Go! Team


Album: Get Up Sequences Part One
Artist: The Go! Team
Release Date: July 2, 2021
Label: Memphis Industries
Favorite Tracks:

  • “Let the Seasons Work”
  • “Cookie Scene”
  • “Tame the Great Plains”
  • “World Remember Me Now”

Thoughts: The Go! Team haven’t been as good as they used to be for a while.  Or perhaps, the remarkable sameness of their music is an indication that they are as good as they used to be, they just haven’t changed while the listeners have.  Anyhow, The Go! Team is always fun to listen to as they cobble together from various sources, the weirder the better.  I think I like this album better overall than its predecessor SEMICIRCLE.
Rating: ***

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