Slipped Discs May 2013

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Ghost Box Orchestra

Ghost Box Orchestra

Initial Thoughts

Keeping with you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, May’s records look past the present and into the great beyond, Discover grandly famished mood-rock instrumentalists GHOST BOX ORCHESTRA’s tumultuous brain salad, “Vanished,” then purge submerged electro-pop surgeons STANDISH/CARLYON’s shiny, writhing quagmire, “Deleted Scenes.” Don’t overlook frenzied thunder-punks THEE OH SEES’ dark and crunchy, “Floating Coffins,” or raucous jangle-rocker and bell-bottomed stomper KING TUFF’s reissued garage-pop collectible, “Was Dead.”


Disc Reviews


Ola Podrida - Ghosts Go Blind

Ola Podrida - Ghosts Go Blind

Ola Podrida

Album title: Ghosts Go Blind
Record Label: Western Vinyl

Gliding in driving narratives whose open-book outlooks mix respect with regret and wisdom within suspicions, front-man David Wingo’s soundtrack background bestows the band’s cascading acoustics and surging dynamics a hard-won charm of passive tragedies cast from transient romantics and kind-hearted martyrs. Noble electric-folk supported by spiraling highway poetry, “Blind,” unwinds in shadowy wind-swept tempests. OP plays Madison’s Frequency May 12th.

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Alice Russell - To Dust

Alice Russell - To Dust

Alice Russell

Album title: To Dust
Record Label: Tru Thoughts

Blissfully irresistible, Russell’s unruffled soul-sister muscle flexes arresting home-wrecker directness and brassy Motown sass in bristling polyrhythmic precision. Britain’s bossy blonde’s frisky delivery, peek-a-boo grooves and beat-driven shimmies fuse funky feminist chemistry into foxy gospel, glossy pop and supersonic doo-wop. No-nonsense admonishments beneath post-modern sentiments, the seductive, percussive, “Dust,” struts sizzling syncopation around fiery high-heel hustles and cool rerouted voodoo.

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Dead Gaze - Dead Gaze

Dead Gaze - Dead Gaze

Dead Gaze

Album title: Dead Gaze
Record Label: Fat Cat Records

Rugged, chugging psychedelics bomb heavily-textured conjecture in sluggish punches, congealing zeal and syrupy diversions, while, “Gaze,” glazes playful, contagious tunes into potent, roasted alt-rock commotion. Ear-drum pummeling conundrums, DG’s over-loaded proposals move through gooey, tripped-out conniptions that slither in thick riffs pickling spackled action, swimming in subterranean radiance whose discordant contortions revel in devilish indulgence and shine in voluptuous corruption.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All

Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All

Saturday Looks Good To Me

Album title: One Kiss Ends It All
Record Label: Polyvinyl Records

Savvy-sixties twisters soldering frolicking logic onto starry-eyed sighs covered with Tin Pan marzipan from sock-hop polyglots, SLGTM’s bouncy space-age jangle churn hurdy-gurdy gurgles into swinging mini-symphonies. Upbeat brass bask in rascally sweetheart harmonies crafting magical nostalgia from groovy tape-loops, lo-fi girl-groups and teenage blind-dates for giddy indie-pop binges as, “Kiss,” pitches summer-time rewinds floated in candy-coated reverb inhabiting paisley-flavored suburbs.

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John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant

Album title: Pale Green Ghosts
Record Label: Partisan Records

Lyrically fearless, “Pale,” rails and regales in retail tattletales; majestic melodies sweep and sneak snarky barbs and candid rants beneath intimate commitments to complicated natures.. From leathery synthetics to bubonic symphonics, propulsive electronics, grand-standing piano and ominous chamber-pop strings surround Grant’s calm, commanding voice for a layered banquet sanctioning willful, skillful pilgrims dishing frank, cantankerous bravado splashed in ego-bashing compassion.

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CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow

CocoRosie - Tales of a GrassWidow

CocoRosie

Album title: Tales of a GrassWidow
Record Label: Self-Release

Dainty, daunting dervishes, CocoRosie’s sleepy freak-folk opuses embrace tasty hip-hop art-pop for quirky bursts working sonic sorcery. Eerie queries turn provocative prophecies while fractured mash-ups blend lysergic lullabies into an intriguing seasoning of post-millennial fairy-tales and coy, primordial short-stories. Haunting concerts of studio doodles flickering in whimsical serendipity, “GrassWidow,” possesses unexpected cyber-treasures unearthing nurturing caresses in cauldrons coddling candle-lit enchantments.

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Final Thoughts

May’s music blooms as spring advances with nature’s awakening. Fertile minds take root in Jersey-bred acoustic guitar-head GLENN JONES’ inventive reflections, “My Garden State, ” edgy sentimentalists GOLD & YOUTH’s bitter chivalry, “Beyond Wilderness,” Minnesota’s driftless minstrel KAZYAK’s nimble sympathies, “See The Forest, See The Trees,” and carnival-pop psychonauts YELLOWBIRDS’ intergalactic folk-rock, “Songs from the Vanished Frontier.” Plant pummeling hand-jive wildcat HANNI EL KHATIB’s howling switchblade play-dates, “Head in the Dirt,” add gorgeously orchestral pop-rockers THE ORANGE PEELS’ melodic apocalypse, “Sun Moon,” and harvest shadow-seeker ANN PRAGG’s shimmering, “Bitter Fruit.”