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  • Slipped Discs September 2015

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Cecile McLorin Salvant

    Cecile McLorin Salvant

    Initial Thoughts

    No two ways about it, this year’s fall albums coordinate numerous musical solutions. Count on brash multi-faceted jazz-singer CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT’s undivided devotion to ambidextrous emotions, “For One To Love,” plus side-pocket dockside-rockers LOS COLOGNES’s hep catwalk-twang, “Dos,” before adding shaggy slackers HOOTON TENNIS CLUB’s smug Liverpool walkabout, “Highest Point in Cliff Town,” to astronomical art-monsters THE DEARS’ razor-sharp chamber-rock mazes, “Times Infinity: Volume One,” for results covering every angle.


    Disc Reviews


    Low - Ones and Sixes

    Low - Ones and Sixes

    Low

    Album title: Ones and Sixes
    Record Label: Sub Pop

    Eliciting exquisite admissions through deliberately slippery mystery, solemn indie-rock golems power Low’s eclipsing whispers, enlisting persistent convictions corroded in quiet dares and mounting pressure. Rationing dark, feed-backed passions within super-saturated minimalism, “Sixes,” affixes efficient high-stakes restraint to condensed intensity whose solid methodical lottery straddles crackling chaos and radiant revelation. The gloaming slow-core Minnesotans play Madison’s High Noon Saloon September 18th.

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    Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum

    Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum

    Telekinesis

    Album title: Ad Infinitum
    Record Label: Merge Reocrds

    Lofty cottony alt-pop compositions executed in beautiful synth-driven arabesques drizzled over brittle nimble bounce, “Infinitum,” tucks supple couplets inside free-spirited travelogues, turbo-charged sing-alongs,and sad-eyed monologues. Soul-baring, pre-sequenced secrets line Telekinesis’ cyber-syncopated daze relaying pulsating cravings to carpet heart-throb sobbing in grand, amorous fantasies while poignant romantic misfortunes float over circular percolations plying earnest truths in buoyant New Wave grooves.

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    Joan Shelley - Over and Even

    Joan Shelley - Over and Even

    Joan Shelley

    Album title: Over and Even
    Record Label: Quarter Records

    Spinning literate yarns into consoling poetry, Shelley’s rich folk voice and finger-picked guitars coax articulate descriptions from nurtured words whose timeless burdens carry motherly comforts inside gentle swells and sparse harmonies. Threaded and feathered in luminous acoustics and patient engagements, “Even,” weaves placid ballads into dashing tapestries hemmed in trembling assurance and wind-swept acceptance, sealing well-heeled feelings within hand-carved art.

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    U.S. Girls - Half Free

    U.S. Girls - Half Free

    U.S. Girls

    Album title: Half Free
    Record Label: 4AD

    Tectonic electronics adorned in stormy non-conformity, “Half,” wraps rattled theatrics around savage habits tuned to rebellious beat-heated jealousies. Serving dance-floor tourists throaty potions dosed in glowing incantations, U.S. Girls funnels haunted taunts into totalitarian clarions as corrosive hooks cooked with jungle cunning cavort among fiendish alt-rock arenas, bewitching trip-hop hostages caught by panoramic purgatories and bottled up inside baffling laboratories.

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    Darwin Deez - Double Down

    Darwin Deez - Double Down

    Darwin Deez

    Album title: Double Down
    Record Label: Lucky Number

    Spring-loaded goading from swinging opinions vetted in unfettered perceptions, Deez’s crisp wit flickers in shrewd hip-swiveling dissidence as cool dime-store Romeos unleash shark-like malarkey from slick tricked-out pop. Upbeat table-turning journaling backed by boss froth and chic cheek, “Double,” tumbles in snazzy songs strong on ironic homilies and catchy metaphors, slyly prying into lively reprisals while shyly driving court-jester life-lessons.

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    Wand - 1000 Days

    Wand - 1000 Days

    Wand

    Album title: 1000 Days
    Record Label: Drag City

    Maneuvering through psycho-groovy rock-boogie, “1000,” wows and plows around wavy amazements, constructing hippie-conscripted symphonies sifting trippy visions between grungy fuzz lunging in gurgling fury and flanged folk-jams prancing in cosmic sophistry. Exchanging zany daintiness for thunder-struck ruckus, Wand’s discombobulated sages spawn mythic misfits, whipping splendid mind-bending intentions into head-banging prog-operas where electric narcolepsy descends, bends and avenges with ragged imaginations.

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    Final Thoughts

    While numbers don’t lie, September albums also grapple with subjective connections. From folk-rocker Nicole Schneight’s observant alter-ego AIR WAVES’ confident providence, “Parting Glances,” to thoughtful indie-pop tumbleweeds WIDOWSPEAK’s beguiling half-smiles inside, “All Yours,” interpretations vary in accuracy. What does gumbo-loving night-trippers JOHN ELLIS AND DOUBLE WIDE’s blissfully tipsy,” Charm,” rosy post-folk floater MONOGOLD’s doting fairy-tales, “Good Heavens,” or lo-fi tunesmith SHELF LIFE’s idiosyncratic, “Everybody Make Happy,” really mean? Don’t ask valiant velvet bellwether K’s CHOICE’s gritty alt-rock commitment, “The Phantom Cowboy,” or introspective Seattle specter DOWNPILOT’s cellar-dwelling testament, “Ghost Radio.”