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  • Slipped Discs - July 2012

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    A Place to Bury Strangers

    A Place to Bury Strangers

    Initial Thoughts

    July’s humble summer souls consider things greater than themselves, branding musical perusals in ecclesiastical titles addressing spiritual consequences and moral imperatives. Witness sizzling subterranean parishioners A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS’ idolizing icicle-rock uprising, “Worship,“ then congregate around soul-funk minister TWIN SHADOW’s pleading, “Confess,” before absolving American-based East African SAMITE’s river-bank tranquil, spider-web banquet, “Trust” and blessing cyber-Hawaiian and multi-talented trickster DELICATE STEVE’s upbeat appeasement, “Positive Force.”  Finally, power-popster DENT MAY plays UW-Madison’s Terrace July 12th promoting the cheerfully divine, “Do Something.” Repent, transcend and reaffirm..

    Disc Reviews

    Purity Ring - Shrines

    Purity Ring - Shrines

    Purity Ring

    Album title: Shrines
    Record Label: 4AD

    Amorphous sources stir molasses acid, disco-posh propositions casting submarine dreams blissfully adrift in ghostly oceans. Techno-mermaids snare purring swirls from watery rainbow fodder while cantilevered sequences polish, “Shrines,” into chronic electronic dominance. Other-worldly warbling inside proto-future coolness, PR’s cyber-centric sensuality pelts curt chirps and pert sonar boners past wobbly anomalies. The Canadian duo performs at Madison’s High Noon July 16th.

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    Eleni Mandell - I Can See The Future

    Eleni Mandell - I Can See The Future

    Eleni Mandell

    Album title: I Can See The Future
    Record Label: Yep Roc

    Silky smooth coos brewed in rich bewitching mysteries from casually bashful infatuations, Mandell’s proud high-brow country-soul lavishes jazz-drizzled melancholy over torch-song teases lulling supple alley-cat passions around folk couture, sad bachelor ballads poured over cuddly cocktail rebuttals.  Trembling gems on thorny crowns and Chantilly lace, “Future,” speculate in tarot cards and tamed mustangs, beatnik chamber-pop that undulates in twilight sighs.

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    Matisyahu - Spark Seeker

    Matisyahu - Spark Seeker


    Album title: Spark Seeker
    Record Label: Fallen Spark Records

    Kabala collages tying dance grooves to ancient roots, “Seeker,” tweaks world-beat Kasbah cavalcades stitching marvelous carnival ambience to high-stepping sermons dipped in Hasidic raps and shined by post-nuclear studio maneuvers. Invigorating debater Matisyahu’s charismatic mantras and glossy hospitality fuse a modern, exotic product coated in electric messages, palatial musical mazes dropping wisdom among spoken-word interludes and hypnotic North African segues.

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    Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger

    Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger

    Cosmo Jarvis

    Album title: Think Bigger
    Record Label: The Middle Ground

    Coy sleep-on-the-floor troubadour and tongue-wagging scalawag versed in barn-stormin’ boogie, cottage-pop nods and cheeky hayseed romps, Jarvis carves rustic punk busking into swinging, string-assisted folk-rock. Stacking bodacious stomps and impish twisters beside sly irony and giddy wit, the imminently amiable, “Bigger,” configures cap-sized happiness through wide kaleidoscope eyes, placing hammock banjos and child-recital ocarinas among woozy strings and blistering guitars.

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    Eternal Summers - Correct Behavior

    Eternal Summers - Correct Behavior

    Eternal Summers

    Album title: Correct Behavior
    Record Label: Kanine Records

    Bratty New Wave smatterings crackling in glazed paraphrases and filed under existential bile, “Correct,” erects a shiny grimy testament to splashy nineties-styled bombast. Restless, festive midnight DJs wriggle around dream-pop gossip and counter-culture kiss-offs, Virginia trio’s feigned narcotic disdain ramps up cultivated anarchy; FM tendencies wrapped in temptress reveries lovingly rehashing neon-lit night-trips inside ricochet-rattled heavens tuned to party-going pilgrims.

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    The Eastern Sea - Plague

    The Eastern Sea - Plague

    The Eastern Sea

    Album title: Plague
    Record Label: White Lab Black Lab

    Bleeding hearts over lean, vigorous rhythms, college-authored indie-rockers TES’s post-baroque opuses breezily weave beckoning beacons; arpeggiated chords sandwiched between reverential splendor circling soaring poise drenched in soft-spoken choruses. From demure to dynamic, the Austin quartet’s urgent coercions bridge modest, methodical confidence redirecting surf-pounding countenance forged from informal retorts. Chaste, impatient, plaintive clockwork cadence, “Plague,” spreads tender blends beneath steadfast syncopation.

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    Final Thoughts

    Time twisters arise in fistfuls from pop sophisticate JOE JACKSON’s hepcat, jet-pack look-back interpreting Ellington compositions on the up-to-date jazz-fusion excursion, “The Duke,” to finger-lickin’ traditions courting contemporary lyrical visions in KELLER WILLIAMS and THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS’ mountain stream string-fest, the sharp, whip-smart, “Pick.” Vivid Icelandic imaginists MUM rescue lost demos prophesying electronica’s post-millennial chemical abstractions in the snazzy patchwork mashes, “Early Birds,” while timeless revisers, punk-jangle geishas and chopped bop juggernauts SHONEN KNIFE’s jagged gala, “Pop Tune,” reaffirms heyday hardcore J-pop. The iconic outfit performs August 3rd at UW-Madison.