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Slipped Discs October 2013

Discs you may have missed | by John Noyd

Omar Souleyman

Whether saturated psycho-savior BAILTERSPACE’s narcotic noise-rock drops and turbulent interstellar murmurs; “Trinine,” or howling gallows hellcats DEAP VALLY’s rabid slabs of blues-rock black magic, “Sistrionix,” fall album titles prove pleasingly puzzling. Is gibberish merely ignorance? Translatable labels from serpentine Syrian pop-star OMAR SOULEYMAN’s wonderfully wiry, joyously gyrating ciphers, “Wenu Wenu,” Spanish synth-rock rhythmists DELOREAN’s, frothy, boppy, “Apar,” and Nigeria’s Afro-buoyant TAL NATIONAL’s guitar-centered frenzy, “Kaani,” prove musical moods are universal.

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

Emiliana Torrini - Tookah

Emiliana Torrini

Record Label: Rough Trade
Review published: September 2013

Painting bewitching pictures in post-millennial folk-pop, “Tookah,” produces an organic assortment of slinky jazz-chick calypso, willowy astral-ballads and sleek dance-beat rallies. A cross-pollinating angel piloting gentle landings under starry skies, Torrini’s cabaret princess carves delicious candle-lit synthesis slithering in flickering rhythms; silky, electro-pixie whimsy spins sophisticated dangers into sumptuous comforts as ravishing passions coated in mischievous teases net refreshing pleasures.

Mike Donovan - Wot

Mike Donovan

Record Label: Drag City
Review published: September 2013

Tangled truths braised in greasy twang and buffeted by Mexicali brass, Donovan’s woeful solo nurses wounded tunes with casual valor and candid rambles. From hungry country shuffles to barking garage-rock and rural slacker blues, the Sic Alps song-smith slings deep-fried soul, pitting petulant prose against dusty roads. Twisted six-string wisdom knots, “Wot,” into gravelly salvations, weary appeals and tenuous celebrations.

CAVE - Threace


Record Label: Drag City
Review published: September 2013

Slithering minimalism built from bebop chops and jagged jazz-funk romps, “Threace,” pieces subtle muscle to hip, interlocking riffs for panting jam-band trances whose understated patience uncoils marathon paragons of hypnotic providence and instinctive revision. Rocking to heady, rhythm-fed treasures thrashing in galactic dashes and pivoting syncopation, CAVE enslaves loose, elusive moves within jungle-fevered dreams; guiding driving jive around mind-melting stealth.

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Raccoon Fighter - ZIL

Raccoon Fighter

Record Label: Papercup Music
Review published: September 2013

A raucous caucus of secret-agent cool, lusty hustles and rock-blizzard boogie, RF slug and chug brazen side-street mayhem atop gloriously predatory choruses and scowling, prowling verses. Ravenous good-time pageants fashioning fuss-free struts, monster stomps and cathartic parties, the Brooklyn trio’s, “ZIL,” dives head-first into fiery low-rider pile-drivers; scorching fortresses whose take no prisoner sizzle ignites explosive doses of scenery-chewing cruises.

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kwes. - ilp


Record Label: Warp
Review published: September 2013

Sensitive, tentative, lava-lamp samples twisted around cautious, spotless ominous sonics, “ilp,” sculpts spectacularly tactile fragments into immaculate cinematic packages carefully crafted in humble wonder. Vacuum-packed catalysts dissolve in a dramatic smattering of abstract clatter as head-swelling velvet coats well-placed bass. Diagnosed with sound-to-color synaesthesia, kwes melts languid spaces into thoughtful processes with a deft R&B vibe suited to late-night grooves.

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - UZU

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Record Label: Suicide Squeeze
Review published: September 2013

Space-age pagans with feminist tempers Y//ST don lavish masks for mythical marriages, wedding mermaid arias to drum-circle tsunamis and storm-trooper kabuki to prog-rock operas. Stammering in manic dynamics and tenderly surrendering to eclectic psychedelics, “UZU,” enchants through perilous romance, summoning pummeling thunder from cyber pied-pipers while staging courageous art-rock parades tossed from cultural pulpits and lost in steamy Valkyrie visions.

Final Thoughts

Feeding the cerebral, October’s music is delirious with delusion and ripe for enlightenment. Turn your mind’s eye to penetrating pop-rockers DEAD GAZE’s thick, pickled, “Brain Holiday,” before directing your affections to multi-national beat-scavengers MORCHEEBA’s sultry club-house soul, “Head Up High,” or dissecting your attentions regarding genteel jabberwocky song-doctor MATHEW SAWYER’s Aesop chamber-pop trimmed in prim British-folk overtures, “Sleep Dreamt A Brother.” Finally, melodic modern-rock’s swinging schizophrenic sentimentalists PAPA’s talented psychoanalysis, “Tender Madness.” and sweet alt-pop’s clamoring romancers YUCK’s luminous ruminations, “Glow and Behold,” revel in telling revelations and severed meditations.

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