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Slipped Discs September 2012

Discs you may have missed | by John Noyd


September looks up this year. Ushering sunny singer-songwriter MICHAEL ANDREWS’ colorful flutterings, “Spilling A Rainbow,” hip, questioning POMEGRANATES’ indie-rock sock-hop, “Heaven,” and mutual maestros THE ORB and LEE SCRATCH PERRY’s chilled collaboration, “The Orbserver in the Star House,” early autumn also drops sublime musical-novelists STARS’ evocative art-rock, “The North,” inventive alt-pop SWEET LIGHTS bright, heartfelt “Sweet Lights” and mega-melodic JAMES IHA’s intricate “Look to the Sky,” Enjoy the view.

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

Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Richard Hawley

Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Record Label: Mute
Review published: August 2012

Stretches of majestic messages wash over solemn longings and humbled profundity while six-string swarms form rip-tide flights; Hawley’s enthralling space-rock palsy rides smoldering overtones under sensual contentions and brimstone moments around reflective blessings. Dignified, primal, intimate and ethereal, “Standing,” faces an unkind cosmos seeking shelter around electric psychedelics and Zen renderings; channeling tranquil folk-rock optimism glazed in blistering, hard-core bliss.

Aimee Wilson - Unto Us the Sun

Aimee Wilson

Unto Us the Sun
Record Label: The Factorye
Review published: August 2012

Stoic harps, nomadic pianos and rumbling tympanis weave tentative sentiments around weathered memories; the dappled, magical, “Sun,” circles and skirts elaborate madrigals, emergent dirges and Saxon ballads exploring flaxen passages beneath macramé mazes. Dramatic chamber-jazz tactics open brooding moods as spiritual pilgrim Wilson surrenders to indigenous mysteries spun from elusive truths hiding intangible challenges for hypnotic frolics and discerning journeys.

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Minus the Bear - Infinity Overhead

Minus the Bear

Infinity Overhead
Record Label: Dangerbird
Review published: August 2012

Sculpting flash from bombast dodging fleet-footed push-backs, Minus’ fiery rock applies light-weight precision to hover-crafted harmonies. Scouting muscular struggles, impassioned crashes stitching rich riffs into twisted two-fisted sizzle, “Infinity,” remodels melodic assaults through laser-based prog-pop options where cathartic starts of relentless kinetics spin brazen brain-candy from sparkling guitar, smart synths and swift, pummeling percussion. MtB plays Milwaukee’s Rave September 14th

Poor Moon - Poor Moon

Poor Moon

Poor Moon
Record Label: Sub Pop
Review published: August 2012

Slowly coaxing sleepy vocals from strolling ghosts and bearded spirits, “Moon,” grooms skimming hymns, quaint fables and marimba-trimmed whimsy into lofty dream-boat anecdotes, quietly piloting dock-side soul into alt-folk harbors and circus-purchased caravans into syncopated havens. Charmingly tuneful lunatics, PM’s swinging minstrels wrestle generous penance from quasi-tropical fodder and nautical odysseys from restless tempests; radiant melancholy guided by starry-eyed castaways.

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Natural Child - Hard in Heaven

Natural Child

Hard in Heaven
Record Label: Burger Records
Review published: August 2012

Wrangling Chuck Berry benders behind Stooges blues and Stones bonuses, NC’s combination grease-monkey jungle-rockers and ravaged, red-neck boogie-blasters snarl, gargle and slither from rambling honey-suckled ruckus to narcotic garage-rock proselytizing. A tattered baptism of curbside service, “Heaven,” cleanses through hellfire hand-jive doused in rousing country-punk twang spread across limber R&B rhythms, piston-shifting slow-rides cruising through moonlit jams on endless highways

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Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power

Record Label: Matador
Review published: August 2012

A beacon of steamy bohemian shuffles and brisk, shimmering opinions splashed over bayou-hungry grooves, “Sun,” plunders ragged scats, cooked hooks and vixen fiction for folk-soul rainbows covered with corrosive notions and stamped in enchanted incantations. Citing frightening modern maladies, CP’s casual valor crackles in warmly familiar misfortunes, whirlwind wisdom and sensitive benevolence braving outraged saviors, prudent suitors and kindred sinners. Cat Power plays Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater on October 29th.

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Final Thoughts

Visionaries visit September presenting eloquent spectacles from perceptive perspectives, image-addled pageantries translating intriguing scenery into vivid sounds. Eye-openers include bedroom-disco trail-blazer ONUINU’s electro-pop kaleidoscope, “Mirror Gazer,” and grungy expungers of gauzy solaces RAVEONETTE’s tantalizingly lascivious, “Observator.” Watch out for marauding stalkers turned minimalist symphonists SWANS’ churning, slow-burning eleven-track, two-hour opus, “The Seer,” before focusing on multi-tasking imagination manufacturer LEVEK’s languid painted vacations, “Look a Little Closer,”  Finally, keep a close watch on translucent dream-pop truants SNOWBLINK”S breezily cerebral, “Inner Classics,” and dashing, alt-rock apostles CALIFORNIA WIVES sharp, air-brushed, “Art History,”

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