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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

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    Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr. Ferryman

    Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr. Ferryman

    Mark Eitzel
    Hey Mr. Ferryman
    Label: Merge

    Elegant exercises whose effortless lyricism cruises through lush chords into electric solos with sophistication, grace and finesse, “Ferryman,” basks in emotional grandeur cultivating introspective reflections within romantic abandon. An unguarded bard turned aloof crooner, Eitzel alongside producer Bernard Butler distill despondent correspondence from consoling souls slow-dancing to stolen hopes and sumptuous despair; earthly mercies stirring transcendental penance with monumental tenderness.

    Mark Eitzel WebsiteMark Eitzel FacebookMark Eitzel Wiki

    Shelby Earl - The Man Who Made Himself A Name

    Shelby Earl - The Man Who Made Himself A Name

    Shelby Earl
    The Man Who Made Himself A Name
    Label: Nine Mile Records

    Coming at you like a rodeo queen’s rockin’ stepdaughter, Earl’s swirling torch-singer swagger corrals fiery hearts raging in free-range bangers packed with outspoken anecdotes and solace-seeking pleads heated in glib sympathy. Dynamic commandments undercut blues-infused memoirs while, “Name,” campaigns in untamed mind-games stuffing the ballot-box with leather and lace prayers and lobbing tumbleweed valentines over honky-tonk sonnets riding roadside gospel.

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    Noga Erez - Off The Radar

    Noga Erez - Off The Radar

    Noga Erez
    Off The Radar
    Label: City Slang

    Succulent grime plops dollops of basement sound-polyps atop, “Off,” to skitter in coin-roll rhythms, punching grungy gunshot-drums under flinty zip-line synths while slinky banshee samples unfold around probing split-screen vocals. From needy mediator to temptress messenger, Erez prowls through clairvoyant clamor; sending sassy trap-beat panache and solemn art-pop calm through broken post-millennial prisms focused on escape-plan precision and street-wise conviction.

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    Ema - Exile in the Outer Ring

    Ema - Exile in the Outer Ring

    Ema
    Exile in the Outer Ring
    Label: City Slang

    Conceived in a basement confronting working-class anxiety, gender politics and American redemption, “Exile,” emerges from crumbling assumptions and bittersweet beliefs to exude vigilant discipline hot-boxed in processed buzz and consumed in looming gloom. Absorbent, resilient, resourceful and determined, EMA glowers in overflowing cacophony compacted by disembodied philosophy, jack-hammered examination and transient alienation rupturing from tungsten-spun cyber-grunge washed with post-millennial micro-tensions.

    Ema WebsiteEma FacebookEma Wiki

    Editors - Violence

    Editors - Violence

    Editors
    Violence
    Label: Play It Again Sam

    Brash, air-brushed hustle tainted in anguish and thirsty for terse purges, Britain’s level-headed Editors strong-arm suave, tarnished hearts pivoting in slithering alt-rock riffs ripped from romantic dance anthems.  Hungry, urbanized enticements spiced in tender regrets and thundering encouragement, “Violence,” pits glaring cynicism against blind faith; steamy, preening allegiances pairing locomotive percussion to devoted emotions and dark guitars to careful despair.

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    Eternal Summers - Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…

    Eternal Summers - Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…

    Eternal Summers
    Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying…
    Label: Nevado Music

    Bobbing between ballistic and blissful, Eternal Summers keep chrome motors revved against gleaming daydreams with assorted pedal-board novelties groomed for maximum impact. Composed in agile casualness, breezy releases compete with shiny tsunami armies as kaleidoscopic toppers plot leisure teases and cutting comeuppance destroys in coy loyalties, turning, “Dying,” into thriving, conspiring alt-pop righteousness whose shape-shifting riffs grip, lift and sparkle.

    Eternal Summers WebsiteEternal Summers FacebookEternal Summers Wiki

    El Ten Eleven - Banker’s Hill

    El Ten Eleven - Banker’s Hill

    El Ten Eleven
    Banker’s Hill
    Label: Topshelf Records

    Inquisitive wizards riding flashy magic-carpets, El Ten Eleven’s heavenly beatbox take-offs and ambient lambswool landings curve, swerve and converge, etching aeronautical clockwork onto flexible guitar-powered instrumentals. Parallel carousel satellites coordinating stinging pin-hole solos around hypnotic electronics, “Hill,” shifts gears with triumphant rock-driven synergy and passive jazz-massaged majesty, sculpting regal, teetering attempts to overthrow rhythmic pedal-board overlords through slippery algorithmic manipulations.

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    E.B. the Younger - To Each His Own

    E.B. the Younger - To Each His Own

    E.B. the Younger
    To Each His Own
    Label: Bella Union

    A traveling troubadour’s suitcase packed in friendly, good-time rhythms, whose casual crooning blooms beneath anecdotal hopes and good-neighbor fables, “Own,” intones gentler times where intelligence brought cleverness and differences came with benefits. A pseudonym for Midlake’s Eric Pulido, E.B. cushions his personable concerns in electric chamber-folk overtures tumbling down soft-pop rabbit-holes with swelling melodies carrying earnest verses to beautiful conclusions.

    E.B. the Younger WebsiteE.B. the Younger FacebookE.B. the Younger Wiki

    Electric Youth - Memory Emotion

    Electric Youth - Memory Emotion

    Electric Youth
    Memory Emotion
    Label: Last Gang Records

    Powder-puff purrs from silicon-chip mistresses and motion-sensitive sequences tweaked by studio-grooved gurus, Electric Youth pursues posh robotic blossoms plunged into plush narcoleptic luxury, curled vertigo inverted into moody, futuristic visions whizzing past opulent propositions. Slick, civilized seductions sprouting stainless angel-wings and soaring over palatial constructions, “Memory,” blends synthesized whimsy into uplifted artifice for voyeuristic insistence, tempting exemptions and sparkling exhibition.

    Electric Youth WebsiteElectric Youth FacebookElectric Youth Wiki

    Electric Litany - Under A Common Sky

    Electric Litany - Under A Common Sky

    Electric Litany
    Under A Common Sky
    Label: Apollon Records

    Pitched in cinematic syntax, airborne angst and sophisticated insurrection, “Sky,” amplifies worldly concerns into existential menace, cradling social mazes in ephemeral surrenders while snakey bass crawls through withering situations and singed synthesizers spar faraway guitars beneath throbbing prog-rock after-shocks. Lost prophets lavishing embattled compassion over vast canvases, Electric Litany’s muted battle-cries rise through glorious discourse, orchestral stretches and cancerous fantasies.

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    Hazel English - Wake UP!

    Hazel English - Wake UP!

    Hazel English
    Wake UP!
    Label: Polyvinyl

    Traveling from Australia to San Francisco to L.A., English’s nomadic panache unpacked a hearty appetite for hip trips and swinging flings flung from wonderful wall-of-sound Rapunzels. Castanets, glockenspiels and tympanis mixed in driving beats, multi-layered jangle and heartbroken vocals evoke vintage late-sixties torch-song symphonies in the cool, moody, “Wake,” a swooning musical cocoon nestled in nostalgia and lifted in longing.

    Hazel English WebsiteHazel English FacebookHazel English Wiki

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