Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Year 2016
Itasca - Open to Chance

Itasca - Open to Chance

Itasca
Open to Chance
Label: Paradise of Bachelors

Knitted in silvery bluegrass runs and muted flatlander-blues, “Open,” evokes folksy utopias centered in effortless memories dressed in overlapping calico tapestries; quotable poetic disclosures embrace graceful observations as lush haunted laments conquer fear and face rejuvenating futures. Embroidered in buoyant coordination, Itasca’s nimble guitars, sparse flute and ballerina violin waltz in restless tide-pool swan-songs, anchoring selective reflections around effervescent affections.

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Pixies - Head Carrier

Pixies - Head Carrier

Pixies
Head Carrier
Label: Play It Again Sam

Pulp-fiction predicaments gilded in supersonic confidence, Pixies’ twisted tales and artful dodges drop major chops with gleeful gonzo fondness topped-off with dollops of crispy, crunchy alt-rock romps. Locked in rapid narratives glazed in smoldering solos, “Head.” treads pithy hipster history with blunt lyrical punches; steely rapport recorded in paranormal paranoia and stylized nihilism, combustible character assassinations driven in bullet-proof grooves.

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Flock of Dimes - If You See Me Say Yes

Flock of Dimes - If You See Me Say Yes

Flock of Dimes
If You See Me Say Yes
Label: Partisan

Rooted in soft, buttery coos spread over glitzy, pedal-box loops, “Yes,” chirps, shimmies and percolates; angel-arranged choirs concocting modern comedies whose tender surrenders on rainbow-covered dance-floors capture deeper meanings among inescapable feelings. Zapped in dizzying inspirations, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner’s side-project’s spring-board chords, careening sequences and braided cascades spew cellophane daisy-chains lining daring designs with thrilling frills and sensitive revelations

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Tim Presley - The Wink

Tim Presley - The Wink

Tim Presley
The Wink
Label: Drag City

Connecting mismatched Mad-Hatter pitter-patter to snappishly synaptic punk-pop catastrophes, White Fences’ resident sound-chemist Presley severs and tethers, performing curious surgeries on tropical-goth, intentionally demented Baroque-folk and wobbly wizard-rock. Half-joking commotion roasted in paradigm rhymes from imaginative dream-captains practicing Dada black-magic, “Wink,” rethinks normal instincts in rickety syncopation, spindly persistence and elliptical dips merging absurd jabberwocky subversion into urgent fringe-art conversions.

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Eluvium - False Readings On

Eluvium - False Readings On

Eluvium
False Readings On
Label: Temporary Residence

Colossal architectural free-falls dissolving gurgling swirls, eclipsed hisses and sumptuous hums “False,” vaults into oceanic ambient somnambulism; persuasive quakes enveloping solemn convoys drenched in subtle suspense. From downgraded monster-waves blanketing saintly membranes with baptismal lighthouse gazes, Eluvium’s breathing wide-screen cathedrals release solid aural auroras steeped in stirring, purring chromatic avalanches unfurling sterling environments within tubular scoops layered in eerie tranquility.

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Bellows - Fist and Palm

Bellows - Fist and Palm

Bellows
Fist and Palm
Label: Double Double Whammy

Jaw-dropping synth-pop clock-work stacked in steady resonating harmonies and symphonic chamber-rock arrangements, Bellows’ pouncing counterpoint woo dancing enchantments into thunderstruck teardrops crying turbo-charged lullabies in water-bed head-trips. An inviting sheen laid over sophisticated mayhem producing an invigorating stage for heavenly tension, “Fist,” shifts between ambitious mischief and promising competence, juggling smug tribal vibes alongside rhythmic pirouettes and calm melodic tonics.

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Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is

Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is

Marching Church
Telling It Like It Is
Label: Sacred Bones

Sweltering in basement-blues heated to trigger-finger simmering, “Telling,” breaks free and lets loose unleashing well-chiseled sizzle twitching stream-lined fits in edgy rock-gospel baptisms where slovenly Svengali honesty jostles burning earnest dub-punk effigies. Lashing out in thundering stunners, Marching Church’s deliberate mischief wrestles in relentless intensity lunging towards frontman Elias Bender R√łnnenfelt’s burden-shirking urgency shivering in unshackled cackles and sumptuous umbrage.

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Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass

Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass

Agnes Obel
Citizen of Glass
Label: Play It Again Sam

Giving way to creative play inside courtly orchestrations, Obel’s spellbinding compositions refine micro-cosmic operas; teased glee pondering haunted sonnets while cultivated impulsiveness hide behind lofty subplots.  Feng shui dreams executed in soft Viennese elegance bending tender melancholy around fleeting boutique-pop, “Glass,” waxes with sensual specters donning sylvan slippers as scattered pageants gathered under luminous moons skim and swim on hummingbird-wings.

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Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

Weyes Blood
Front Row Seat to Earth
Label: Mexican Summer

Prairie-ferried whirlwinds stirred into blossoming choirs where unconditional innocence sits on baroque-pop foundations; “Front,” glows in dawn-drenched fogs rising behind drumless strums under wayfarer prayers and languishing organ chords half-asleep in delicately measured swells. Anchored in Weyes Blood’s brave, angelic voice, hushed crusades blanket the senses in breathless ecstasy, gossamer phosphorescence mounted in matriarchal sparkle shining in divine silver linings.

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Joan As Policewoman w/ Benjamin Lazar Davis - Let It Be You

Joan As Policewoman w/ Benjamin Lazar Davis - Let It Be You

Joan As Policewoman w/ Benjamin Lazar Davis
Let It Be You
Label: Reveal Records

The slightly sinister mechanics behind multi-instrumentalist Davis’ winding, grinding New Wave art-rock collaboration with the multi-tasking Wasser brews gritty elixirs in double-battered R&B caresses. Creating moody futures from intelligent sentiments, the bewitching, “Let,” moves through beautiful incongruities; motorized techno-rock rosaries listing rhythmic sins under electro-funky love-songs, brash flash-ballads groovin’ to home-studio show-tunes and transistorized alley-cat theatrics padding about kittenish manipulations.

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Trails and Ways - Own It

Trails and Ways - Own It

Trails and Ways
Own It
Label: self-release

Elastic bop-pop run-arounds powered by exquisite riffs ricocheting off slippery innuendo, “Own,” roams beneath heavy-petting confections, catchphrase catechisms teased in dark pulsating undertones; diplomatic passions dispensing blue-eyed heartache inside quasi-disco boogie reviving sly, fly hooks with ninja intuition. Courting penthouse debutantes in cabana-boy flourishes, Trails and Ways engage lusty soft-rock hustles flushed in irresistible bedroom harmonies wrung from play-date reprobates.

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Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor

Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor

Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor
Label: Fat Possum

A poised, melismatic acrobat, Bonet’s agile imagination sails through classic cool reaping smoldering jazz-soul bliss from gorgeous brainstorms touched in lightning-quick outbursts circling calm, patient strength. Rallying casual dalliances with lithe whispers charming luxurious assurance from bossy curiosity, “Visitor,” delivers tender ebbs from golden vocals folded over sweet tasteful licks, graceful arrangements finagling retro-hip hat-tricks washed in posh lollipop hospitality.

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