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CD Review Teenage Fanclub - Here

Teenage Fanclub

Here
Record Label: Merge
Review by John Noyd
September 2016

Making it look easy, Scotland’s alt-rock melody-makers Teenage Fanclub produce seamless breezes filled with quiet yearning and stern, rock-solid solace. Nostalgic romantics whose cherished harmonies flow with pleasing expediency, the five-piece league of gentlemen coast on dreamy beds of gurgling guitars whose occasionally fitful backlashes strengthen each song’s faith and convictions. From the waterfall cover art to the Zen song titles, “Here,” focuses on life’s ubiquitous transience; wrapping unsettled uncertainties around searching hearts through plainspoken lyrics rolling in consoling, cajoling sympathies. Whether reflecting on wisdom gained from days gone by or simply pondering unformed futures, the band’s unerring ear for nuanced chord progressions make well-feathered nests for lovesick songbirds. In a rare convergence of good fortune, Teenage Fan club plays Madison’s High Noon Saloon October 23rd with Sam Evian.


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CD Review Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley Walker

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Record Label: Dead Oceans
Review by John Noyd
August 2016

Sliding and gliding between brazen flamenco flourishes nourishing babbling bluegrass patches and scrumptious country runs feeding tangled blues-based ballads; “Golden,” proposes casually dazzling six-string slivers straddling raga-jazz folk rivers channeling jam-friendly undertows elbowing ghostly Americana roller-coasters as radiant chamber-rock campfires toast elaborate catalytic interactions. Cagey frontier quilts map alleyways and corner bars inside sparkling, cerebral interiors while the swift riffing Walker hawks cryptic fragments bursting with purpose and coated in calm pseudo-psalms, cool daredevil prayers and plainly arcane refrains. Even-keeled spiels harnessing hobo anecdotes, Chicago’s eclectic electric guitarist rides deep-current journeys with cavalier good cheer and stark marksman timing for an album whose restlessness never strays too far from absorbing orbits. Walker visits Madison’s The Frequency September 29th along with the surreptitious Circuit des Yeux.


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CD Review Faun Fables - Born of the Sun

Faun Fables

Born of the Sun
Record Label: Drag City
Review by John Noyd
July 2016

Perched on cosmic cobwebs spanning whiplashed witchcraft alongside gypsy-driven whimsy, Faun Fables spin untamed prog-rock polyphonics into rays of dappled sunlight slicing primordial forests. Mythical, mystical masonry smelting fissionable madrigals into time-jumping hybrids, “Born,” swarms and buzzes, harnessing artisan karma from shape-shifting rhythms. Stellar songtellers Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl’s furious curiosity ceaselessly weaves elaborate patterns with nimble stitches from multi-colored thread. Whether Teutonic sonnets casting Slavic spells splashed in ecstatic rapture or Appalachian folk-blues nestling post-apocalyptic parables in lonesome sailor’s jigs, FF’s medieval easels color cunning hunting within historical foraging; midsummer caroling gathers restlessly inventive connections while rumbling hand-drums scurry, herding and circling puckish flutes paired with fairy-dusted autoharps and heavy, electric six-strings for daring organic performances scoring swelling tarantellas dancing around wrangled fandangos.


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CD Review Tin Can Diamonds - Tin Can Diamonds

Tin Can Diamonds

Tin Can Diamonds
Record Label: self-release
Review by John Noyd
May 2016

Conjuring family bonds through candid jamborees, a friendly strength pervades Madison’s Tin Can Diamonds’ self-titled debut. Whether whipping up road-trip bliss or drowning in rootless heartache, TCD slips socially conscious mischief into sad tall tales and rousing good-time tunes for a swinging education in interpersonal dynamics, subliminal consumerism and corporate control that never sacrifices a catchy melody for heavy-handed pedantics. Folk-blues grooves meet sweet bohemian dreams as Aarushi Agni’s old soul vocals coax robust moments tinged in sinful whimsy. Ben Strohbeen’s happy-go-lucky bass dances alongside Dave Janus’ shuffling drums for slinky honky-tonk rhythms inside chugging struts while guitarist Mitch Johnson lends a keen ear to restless riffs and back-up vocals. Catch TCD opening up for ferocious folk-rocker Adia Victoria June 16th at Madison’s The Frequency


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CD Review Julianna Barwick - Will

Julianna Barwick

Will
Record Label: Dead Oceans
Review by John Noyd
May 2016

Paring down sounds to their essence, composer and sonic soothsayer Barwick lays a gentle hand to serene streams feeding ethereal spirituals through soft pliable hives buzzing in warm swarms. Passive, aqueous chorals plopped, plucked and massaged into captivating fabric, “Will,” blankets the listener in piano raindrops and synthesizer jellyfish, luminous blooms swallowing evolving colonies. Gathering diaphanous gasps voicing wordless hurts, Barwick blurs lines designing chromatic chakras into tonal sonar warbling in secular spectacle and interstellar telepathy. Expanding organic fantasies lift celestial vessels in radiant patience as unseen depths beckon bell-jar avatars to bubble in subtle synergy; methodical oddities suspended in heaven, heaving, breathing and rippling with sophisticated instincts. Julianna plays Madison’s The Frequency June 20th along with cyber-symphonic conjurer Mas Ysa and electro-master Cap Alan.


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CD Review The Rotten Tommys - The Rotten Tommys

Rotten Tommys

The Rotten Tommys
Record Label: To The Core Records
Review by Sal Serio
May 2016

I’ve always said that rock ‘n roll shouldn’t be overly analyzed and philosophized over. It’s best when stripped down to the essence of primal beats, loud chords, and huge sing-along choruses. The Rotten Tommys have taken this formula straight from the garage to the stage, and now to your personal CD players. The attitude here is turn it up, rock it out, and don’t waste any time. Short, catchy, songs with no filler, sums up things well.


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