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  • Slipped Discs March 2021

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Judith Hill

    Judith Hill

    Initial Thoughts

    Making a difference, March albums stand up and push back. Taking charge, neo-soul vocalist JUDITH HILL’s intergalactic glam, “Baby, I’m Hollywood,” granular mechanic VISIONIST’s cognitive bog, “A Call to Arms,” and rhythmic dissidents FLOATIE’s jittery art-rock metronomics, “Voyage Out,” upstage and uncage. Step outside the line with reunited indie-hipsters DEPARTURE LOUNGE’s precarious scenarios, “Transmeridian,” cerebral beat-poets TUNE-YARDS’ glitch-funky slam-dunks, “sketchy,” or posh post-punks PALM GHOSTS’ malevolent magnificence, “Lifeboat Candidate.”  Rise!


    Disc Reviews


    Middle Kids - Today We’re The Greatest

    Middle Kids - Today We’re The Greatest

    Middle Kids

    Album title: Today We’re The Greatest
    Record Label: Domino

    Touched in sorrow, bolstered by hope and celebrated with authentic pop-rock sincerity, Middle Kids’ subtly cuddly comforts turn universally felt confessions into warm-blanket anthems steeped in pliable vitality, unpretentious energy and exemplary empathy. Direct sentiments sent into gorgeous choruses, piercing lyrics dispensed with personal emphasis, “Greatest,” engages book-smart hooks, guitar-driven rhythms and disarming harmonies into building beautifully potent emotional connections.

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    William the Conqueror - Maverick Thinker

    William the Conqueror - Maverick Thinker

    William the Conqueror

    Album title: Maverick Thinker
    Record Label: Chrysalis Records

    Boxcar heartache rumbling in weathered leathery roadhouse blow-outs, “Thinker,” swings in rustic shuffles rocking lonesome locomotion with gritty vision, slithering commitments and fleece-lined teases. Cool bruisers and Faustian roust-abouts, William The Conqueror chase steam-powered demons in roots-infused collusion, streetwise preachers blessed in pithy expressions and dressed in grinning brimstone shakedowns for rowdy congregations seeking greasy hobo poetry for stone-cold showdowns.

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    Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth

    Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth

    Genesis Owusu

    Album title: Smiling With No Teeth
    Record Label: House Anxiety

    Fortified in rapid chatter, super-shiny hooks and rock-solid beats, Owusu feasts on plush hustles unfolding whip-smart soul, runaway funk and star-struck R&B, smoked, provoked and coated in suave pop-art. Rent-party kick-starters, sunshine jive and sweet molasses raps, “Smiling,” piles influences on innovations, reshaping familiar pillaging into fresh perspectives whose seamless grooves slide in stylish sci-fi boogie and revolutionary hip-hop voodoo.

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    Rachika Nayar - Our Hands Against The Dusk

    Rachika Nayar - Our Hands Against The Dusk

    Rachika Nayar

    Album title: Our Hands Against The Dusk
    Record Label: NNA Tapes

    Fractured scratches running through mortared corridors, “Dusk,” thrusts stuttering fluctuations onto shredded meshes, saturated waves bending and blending through modulated vapors, discreet tweaks and knitted glitches. Tranquil guitar loops routed through ambient samples, Nayar’s electronic monuments crumble from static magic to stark mirages, morphing and contorting with phantom randomness beneath the repetitive sedative chemistry replenishing propulsive convulsions with disruptive ruptures.

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    Painted Shrines - Heaven and Holy

    Painted Shrines - Heaven and Holy

    Painted Shrines

    Album title: Heaven and Holy
    Record Label: Woodist

    Longing songs lit in cross-stitched riffs, Painted Shrines’ night-riding nomads flit and shift in gossamer folk-rock floating on hollow-bodied jangle, wrangling bewitching innocence and soluble melancholy baptized in galloping ballads. Finely tuned tapestries spinning timid yarns from hazy Merseybeat, “Holy,” strums with wide-eyed wonder over growing corrosion, sparse remarks soaked in electric effervescence and six-string shimmer gripped in fleet-footed fevers.

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    Sunburned Hand of the Man - Pick A Day To Die

    Sunburned Hand of the Man - Pick A Day To Die

    Sunburned Hand of the Man

    Album title: Pick A Day To Die
    Record Label: Three-Lobed Recordings

    Wildly primal molten commotion meets marauder’s caution and hell-bound humor as, “Pick,” risks exploding myths, unraveling free-rock ragers alongside edible meditations; self-guided tours through cosmic-blues stews, deep-fried Krautrock and chilled twang. Sinister and surreal with dangerous impatience raising rootless moods, Jekyll and Hyde musical pirates SHOTM’s fiendish schizophrenia hides scintillating divinity inside flexing psychedelics reflecting insurgent births and alternative odysseys.

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    Final Thoughts

    Between sequential alchemist JANE WEAVER’s alt-pop frolics, “Flocks,” studio humanists LOST GIRLS’ electro-mesmerized diatribes, “Menneskekollekivet,” and British singer-songwriter BEN HOWARD’s inventive reflections, “Collection at the Whiteout,” March releases get lost in the crowd. Escape into introspective indie-rocker IAN SWEET’s transformative storms, “Show Me How You Disappear,” or deep-sourced sorcery from WITCH CAMP (GHANA)’s absorbing field recordings, “I’ve Forgotten Now Who I Used to Be,” before melting into narcotic astronauts MINT JULEP’s cyber-sated complacency, “In a Deep & Dreamless Sleep,” and compassionate naturalist LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON’s stoic folk, “Theory of Ice.”