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Slipped Discs June 2012

Discs you may have missed | by John Noyd

Sarah Aroeste

Not to slight electro-pop wise-guys STEPDAD’s effervescent menace, “Wildlife Pop,” erupting drummers MAN FOREVER’s rumbling undulating tsunamis, “Pansophical Cataract,”  or slow-burning heart-breaker BOBBY WOMACK’s cyber-funky, “The Bravest Man in the Universe.” but this month is focused on females. Check out Latin rock-pop feminist SARAH AROESTE’s luxurious diversions, “Gracia,” angelic dream-pop duo THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS’ interstellar revelry, “Red Night,” or American nomad IMANI UZURI’s noble trans-global soul, “The Gypsy Diaries,” because whether driving force or fashionable collaborator, women rule June’s grooves

Slipped Discs appears every month in print in Maximum Ink music magazine, this months reviews are:

The Mynabirds - Generals

The Mynabirds

Record Label: Saddle Creek
Review published: May 2012

Armed in barbaric bass and tribal beats, bombshell mambos get dressed in contrapuntal thunder pasting neo-New Wave ruckus to girl-group goose-steps. Lo-fi pop cinched in synth-rinsed rock, “Generals,” generates thrill-ride exuberance. Guided by explosive blues-fueled momentum, The Mynabird’s brain-child Laura Burhenn crafts muscular melodic odysseys; charming armaments commanding tantrums in tantric chants micro-managing savage ballad aftermaths while channeling rallying challenges.

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Marissa Nadler - The Sister

Marissa Nadler

The Sister
Record Label: Box of Cedar
Review published: May 2012

Trolling ghosts strummed from courtyard guitars lifted in slightly surreal tranquility, Nadler’s ephemeral gems shepard rainy-day phrases roasted over fond remembrance and hung under widow silhouettes; wind-tossed blossoms simmering in minstrel eloquence, seasoned in spell-binding ambience. The plucked, struck and quietly corrupted performances cavort in post-modern folk as stately sorceresses cast, “Sister,” in whispering steel-guitar sympathies and supportive keyboard choirs.

Neneh Cherry and the Thing - The Cherry Thing

Neneh Cherry and the Thing

The Cherry Thing
Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
Review published: May 2012

A groovy Medusa, Cherry reworks the Stooges, Suicide, Ornette Coleman and her father’s fringe binges in avant-garde decisions. Conjuring cathartic visions via roller-coaster devotions, “Thing,” yearns for complex pleasures, exhuming the brutal and the beautiful, expressing turbulent worries through free jazz fevers, braying sax, bullish bass and Tommy-gun drums; bold, controlling emotions wrapped tight aching to embrace the world.

Echo Lake - Wild Peace

Echo Lake

Wild Peace
Record Label: Slumberland Records
Review published: May 2012

Poltergeist rock steeped in sleepy reverb, “Peace,” radiates cagey patience; icy, isometric psychedelics traced in fiery spirals.  The London duo’s nebulous efforts yield restlessly propulsive results as singer-songstress Linda Jarvis sparkles inside Thom Hill’s spelunker’s wonderland. Purring, whirling space-age stoner sonar stirs shiny calliopes into tissue-paper tempests, stitching galactic mattresses stuffed with serrated jangle, subatomic harlots and corrosive rainbow solos.

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Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain

Kelly Hogan

I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
Record Label: ANTI
Review published: May 2012

Embodying doe-eye survivors and embittered vixens, Hogan tackles Texas kickers glazed in café academics and honky-tonk philosophy rousing gospel-blues wearing cowboy boots, sneakers and high heels, “Pain,”: hosts smoky tones inside jukebox bop, Bubbly condolences hug observant mercies, funky country confessions stocked in battered kindnesses and wronged romance supply supple scenarios fueling dusky Delta voodoo, post-fiesta heartache and organ-driven R&B. 

Nouela - Chants


Record Label: Control Group Records
Review published: May 2012

Marrying matter-of-fact melodramatics to arresting piano-based pop “Chants,” plants scorching torch-song scorn alongside prowling nightclub lust. Unveiling lively insights inside sophisticated sizzle, former People Eating People front-woman composes imploring stories rich in major mojo. Playing the majority of instruments as well as co-producing, Nouela’s beguiling trials bring swinging invigorating taunts born of world-wounded wisdom and drenched in flirtatious jungle stealth

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Final Thoughts

Take away the human voice and music becomes genderless but certainly not androgynous. From deep-fried slide guitarist SONNY LANDRETH’s squealing cactus boogie visiting Caribbean rhythms and swamp-water blues during, “Elemental Journey,” down to versatile brass-plated pile-drivers MUCCA PAZZA’s mesmerizing klezmer, honkin’ stomps and gypsy conniptions inside, “Safety Fifth,” instrumentals possess multi-faceted personalities. Summer summons schizophrenic jazz trio FLY’s self-determined murmurs, languid language and unfettered meditations on, “Year of the Snake,” and conservatory cross-pollinators PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT’s orchestrated playfulness reinterpreting Lil Wayne, Kanye and Jay-Z in the silky-smooth, genre-busting, fun-loving, “Homage.”

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