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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: E
    David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Will Happen Happens Today

    David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Will Happen Happens Today

    David Byrne & Brian Eno
    Everything That Will Happen Happens Today
    Label: Todo Mundo Records

    Wide-eyed enlightenment, the blissed-out innocence of “Everything,” is calmly counter-balanced by ominous undercurrents, finicky mysteries playing among Afro-pop guitars, country and western acoustics and extraterrestrial playfulness. Eno’s studio synergy dances alongside Byrne’s Pentecostal allegories for strangely familiar worlds, sweetly creepy treats plucked from glittering, ocean forests.

    David Byrne & Brian Eno WebsiteDavid Byrne & Brian Eno Wiki

    Elizabeth And The Catapult - Taller Children

    Elizabeth And The Catapult - Taller Children

    Elizabeth And The Catapult
    Taller Children
    Label: Verve Forecast

    Anchored by cozy vocalist-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman, EATC navigates breezy jazz, ska and country hybrids - gliding past a catalogue of lilting pop concoctions. Snappy, savvy craft turns the beautifully boppy, “Taller,” into smart, sharp ear-candy coated in sultry cynicism, balancing edgy and amiable admirably; its kittenish bitterness sophisticated, charming and buoyant.

    Elizabeth And The Catapult Website

    Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below

    Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below

    Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
    Up From Below
    Label: Community Music/Fairfax Recordings

    IMA ROBOT’s Alex Ebert’s alter-ego gathered dozens of friends to help form a perfect storm of high brow hoedowns where solemn bursts into sunny and grand-standing kinderpop whose momentum turns monumental. A massive hippie happening, “Up,” offers effervescent testaments and smarmy camaraderie bundled together in a traveling rock-minstrel circus.

    Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros Website

    Earthrise Soundsystem - The Yoga Sessions

    Earthrise Soundsystem - The Yoga Sessions

    Earthrise Soundsystem
    The Yoga Sessions
    Label: Yoga Organix Records

    Mystical hypnotists courting karmic charms and suggestive messages, ES’s international aesthetics provide twinkling syncopation and slippery inspiration between breathlessly mellow trance, spiced-up Western pop and swinging multilingual meditations. While cutting-edge DJ reggae hawk slinky trinkets, tabla jazz turn vixenish and, “Yoga,” uplifts and liberates; multiple personalities blended together for divinely dynamic tranquility.

    Earthrise Soundsystem Website

    Editors - In The Light and On This Evening

    Editors - In The Light and On This Evening

    Editors
    In The Light and On This Evening
    Label: Fader Records

    Stone-cold vocals unfold over debonair synthesizer rock; “Light,” galvanizes wickedly deliberate defiance into smoldering allegiance and stylish, mass hysteria. Thuggish Messiahs embracing urgent moon-lit palpitations, The Editor’s barbed grooves and commanding choruses courageously encourage icy retorts impassioned anthems wrenching feverish chills from charismatic menace, glowering insolence fueling twilight wrecking-balls.

    The Editors Website

    Extra Life - Made Flesh

    Extra Life - Made Flesh

    Extra Life
    Made Flesh
    Label: LOAF Recordings

    Prog-rock opera staged by poet-warriors, “Flesh,” melts raw, visceral visions into fevered fanfares, provocative parables and contorted concertos. Assembling personal circuses sparked by both intense and tentative dynamics, Extra Life’s exalted and altered altar-bound pogroms swarm around ominous admonishments, dressing classical pastorals in Gregorian scorn and savoring intense interrogations between galvanized studio eruptions.

    Extra Life WebsiteExtra Life Wiki

    Erland and the Carnival - Nightingale

    Erland and the Carnival - Nightingale

    Erland and the Carnival
    Nightingale
    Label: Yep Roc

    Electronic textures scatter among magical, galloping madrigals, swinging, London-based pop and moody, psyche-spooky folk as E&TC’s intricate Wickerman mix of jingling, jittery side-trips dance to arcane but catchy cadences redressed inside modern Sleepy Hollow closets. Bristling, underhanded homage captured in ghoulish studio rapture, “Nightingale,” grooms groovy roots into macabre insinuations, ominous promises lurking in sly, denied smirks and incestuous jests.

    Erland and the Carnival WebsiteErland and the Carnival FacebookErland and the Carnival Wiki

    Elysian Fields - Last Night On Earth

    Elysian Fields - Last Night On Earth

    Elysian Fields
    Last Night On Earth
    Label: Ojet

    Wickedly blissful whisperings slide between sumptuous chamber-folk symphonies , bluesy goth-rock siroccos and coy, alt-pop ballets, “Earth,” works sensual memories beneath placid passions toppling headlong down mesmerizing torch songs, potent potions quenching thirsty bursts from dream-laden maidens. Stirring purrs and banshee sweetness catapult EF’s mythological waltzes into melodic exotica, an embroidered fairy-tale cabaret pried from childhood fears and sentimental tension.

    Elysian Fields WebsiteElysian Fields FacebookElysian Fields Wiki

    Brian Eno and Rick Holland - Drums Between Bells

    Brian Eno and Rick Holland - Drums Between Bells

    Brian Eno and Rick Holland
    Drums Between Bells
    Label: Warp

    Spinning vigorously digitized Afro-pop and mesmerizing New Age, Eno pairs mystical rhythms and primordial chorales against Holland’s calm truths and processed epiphanies. Manipulated palettes gallop as velvety ooze moves through synthetic stews, grouping moody mathematics around deprogrammed metaphysics. Integrating techno-speak from cyber-specters and vivid images from androgynous monologists, “Drums,” plummet crystal epistles past philosophical obstacles, scorching horns and jazzy patterns.

    Brian Eno and Rick Holland WebsiteBrian Eno and Rick Holland FacebookBrian Eno and Rick Holland Wiki

    Elephant & Castle - Transitions

    Elephant & Castle - Transitions

    Elephant & Castle
    Transitions
    Label: Plug Research

    Cellophane arrangements leap from dream-fragmented memories to deeply sleepy doldrums as E&C’s recombinant collage of opaque retakes, ethereal appeals and random phantoms feed pre-natal fables with shape-shifting glyphs and cosmopolitan cool. Sonic shards carved from ragtag blips, cosmic blobs and gravity-defying grace, “Transitions,” roams combing kamikaze origami into amorphous contortions, a slithering vision siphoning groove-filled ambience and liquid, back-tracked quadratics.

    Elephant & Castle WebsiteElephant & Castle Facebook

    Echo Lake - Wild Peace

    Echo Lake - Wild Peace

    Echo Lake
    Wild Peace
    Label: Slumberland Records

    Poltergeist rock steeped in sleepy reverb, “Peace,” radiates cagey patience; icy, isometric psychedelics traced in fiery spirals.  The London duo’s nebulous efforts yield restlessly propulsive results as singer-songstress Linda Jarvis sparkles inside Thom Hill’s spelunker’s wonderland. Purring, whirling space-age stoner sonar stirs shiny calliopes into tissue-paper tempests, stitching galactic mattresses stuffed with serrated jangle, subatomic harlots and corrosive rainbow solos.

    Echo Lake WebsiteEcho Lake Facebook

    The Eastern Sea - Plague

    The Eastern Sea - Plague

    The Eastern Sea
    Plague
    Label: White Lab Black Lab

    Bleeding hearts over lean, vigorous rhythms, college-authored indie-rockers TES’s post-baroque opuses breezily weave beckoning beacons; arpeggiated chords sandwiched between reverential splendor circling soaring poise drenched in soft-spoken choruses. From demure to dynamic, the Austin quartet’s urgent coercions bridge modest, methodical confidence redirecting surf-pounding countenance forged from informal retorts. Chaste, impatient, plaintive clockwork cadence, “Plague,” spreads tender blends beneath steadfast syncopation.

    The Eastern Sea WebsiteThe Eastern Sea Facebook

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