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  • Slipped Discs June 2017

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Sleepy Sun

    Sleepy Sun

    Initial Thoughts

    From twee indie-rock dreamer CHARLIE FINK’s dandy biographical theatrics, “Cover My Tracks,” to footloose dancehall cruiser J BERHARDT’s laidback attacks, “Running Days,” June albums dine on disappearing and denying. Breaking from the pack, tender, ephemeral folk-ghost composer HOLY OAK’s interconnected still-water reflections, “Second Son,” dashing, compassionate NATHAN OLIVER’s lyrical jangle-bangers, “Head In The Sand,” and storm-riding guitar-charmers SLEEPY SUN’s tranquil anguish, “Private Tales” suggest it’s best working outside the spotlight.

    Disc Reviews

    Alison Moyet - Other

    Alison Moyet - Other

    Alison Moyet

    Album title: Other
    Record Label: Cooking Vinyl

    Heart-felt swells among spectacular swoons, “Other,” discovers heaven-sent eloquence inside synthesized magic-carpet rides. Swinging from stern urban grit to selective introspective affection, Moyet’s regal details, smoldering diction and choir-quiet interludes offer fearless, clear-eyed soul inside morning-after ballads and midnight minimalist’s techno-symphonies; adventurous experiments in story-telling soundscapes where funky skulking runs among poised rejoicing and ominous taunts tangle with sinful intimacy.

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    Kacey Johansing - The Hiding

    Kacey Johansing - The Hiding

    Kacey Johansing

    Album title: The Hiding
    Record Label: Night Bloom

    Bright, feathery jazz pirouettes spun in curious flurries from gossamer longing and carefree teases, Johansing’s creamy coos and rippling guitar bask in masterful afternoon-cafe dream-pop as airy arrangements sweep caressing suggestions into thoughtful possibilities. Immersed in warm massaged chords , “Hiding,”  guides and confides; ethereal sun-bleached weariness gliding and aligning gentle sentimental melodies, transparent romantic semantics and blushing, air-brushed pageantry.

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    Two Inch Astronaut - Can You Please Not Help

    Two Inch Astronaut - Can You Please Not Help

    Two Inch Astronaut

    Album title: Can You Please Not Help
    Record Label: Exploding in Sound Records

    Stretching reckless leads around bounce-house percussion, steeple-chasing bass and baited statements, Two Inch Astronaut’s cobra-brokered roller-coasters design sole-survivor idylls from mosh-pit pillage riding quick-draw pile-drivers into falling-down-the-staircase riffs. Capsized catapults swing cathartic slingshot catechisms to conquer doubts, expose fear and avenge offenses, helping, “Help,” delve deep to reap woeful social stingers, wringing impending send-offs with ecstatic bashes and infectious kvetching.

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    Marika Hackman - I’m Not Your Man

    Marika Hackman - I’m Not Your Man

    Marika Hackman

    Album title: I’m Not Your Man
    Record Label: Sub Pop

    Wary, unsparing post-modern fairy-tales gilded in silky will and sugar-coated thrills, “Man,” fans cozy smoldering love-potions into rampant vampire fires; sensuous gender-politics slipped into breezy indie-pop hospitality explores coy detours enticing ulterior queries from brazen phrases. A fertile mind bursting with intrepid methods, Hackman tactfully reels from servant to serpent, engaging both sides to pit and outwit her divided desires.

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    Dougmore - Outerboros

    Dougmore - Outerboros


    Album title: Outerboros
    Record Label: self-release

    Tasty woodland fables laid out like chamber-Celtic banquets, Dougmore’s florid feast serves hopeful banjo opuses where cantering chanteys skip in delicious mythical chivalry sweetened by lush chorales and song-bird sonnets sprinkled with baroque notions tell spry, pastoral stories dipped in wishful minstrel kismet. Cinematic maps cataloging the home-sick and lovelorn, “Outerboros,” prances with intoxicating revelry, foolhardy artistry and whimsical innocence.

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    Noga Erez - Off The Radar

    Noga Erez - Off The Radar

    Noga Erez

    Album title: Off The Radar
    Record Label: City Slang

    Succulent grime plops dollops of basement sound-polyps atop, “Off,” to skitter in coin-roll rhythms, punching grungy gunshot-drums under flinty zip-line synths while slinky banshee samples unfold around probing split-screen vocals. From needy mediator to temptress messenger, Erez prowls through clairvoyant clamor; sending sassy trap-beat panache and solemn art-pop calm through broken post-millennial prisms focused on escape-plan precision and street-wise conviction.

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    Final Thoughts

    Whether perplexing questions or civil quibbles, summer albums unite our isolationist tendencies over common problems. How does counter-cultural fountainheads PSYMON SPINE’s multi-faceted gonzo-rock, “You Are Coming to My Birthday,” graduate into power-blues duo ROYAL BLOOD’s monstrous, “How Did We Get So Dark?” Consider modern-pop co-opters KANE STRANG’s insightful ironies, “Two Hearts and No Brain,” fab rabbit-hole rockers WALRUS’ cosmic-ashram blues, “Family Hangover,” or idiosyncratic party-crashers THE DRUMS’ electro-retro, “Abysmal Thoughts,” before appreciating soft-hearted pop-rocker DAVE DEPPER’s air-tight Cassanova overtures, “Emotional Freedom Technique,” or knob-twiddling synergist MUX MOOL’s robo-programmed, “Implied Lines.”