Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: L
Patty Larkin - Watch The Sky

Patty Larkin - Watch The Sky

Patty Larkin
Watch The Sky
Label: Vanguard

World music and American roots blend into a heavenly choir of musical hybrids as PATTY’s talented imagination turns art emotional and emotions artistic. Whether conjuring spooky Delta blues, thoughtful folk or exotic gospel vamps, Sky bewitches as it whispers. Wistful and mystical, PATTY pits sambas against mantras, instilling educated mojo into cultivated raves.

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Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

Lightspeed Champion
Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
Label: Domino Records

Shining folk-soul pop washed in unabashed confession, acoustic fragments sprinkled over dreamy lyrics and warm, twangy arrangements - Champion’s charming inventiveness spins personable homespun theatrics that conjure honest and palatable feelings. An easy-chair and sunlit window, Bridge spans intimate inspirations and open invitations, mixing universal moods over laid-back grooves taking flight.

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Dawn Landes - Fireproof

Dawn Landes - Fireproof

Dawn Landes
Fireproof
Label: Cooking Vinyl

New York based Kentucky native Landes tweaks conventions on her combustible Fireproof. Throwing odd instruments, pop afterthoughts and the occasional alt-rock muscle into her skewed waif folk, Dawn draws from both country and city sources. A recording engineer as well as singer-songwriter, Dawn’s refreshingly low key approach makes Fireproof, intimate, quirky and wonderfully brazen.

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Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster

Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster

Los Campesinos!
Hold on Now, Youngster
Label: Arts & Crafts

Youthful exuberance propels a head rush of sneaky cacophony, revved-up ridicule and snappy, hip-swinging bravado as Canada’s Los Campesinos produce tub-thumping beats and ambulance-chasing playfulness. Syncopated shout-outs and tongue-twisting lyrics produce frenzied fits of pep rally rock as, “Youngsters,” bleat and shriek for an energetic free-for-all. LC plays two nights at Chicago’s Empty Bottle starting May 26th.

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Lili Haydn - Place Between Places

Lili Haydn - Place Between Places

Lili Haydn
Place Between Places
Label: Nettwerk records

Drawing from her Philharmonic upbringing to a blossomed activism, P-Funk sessions, Page and Plant reunions and Herbie Hancock face-offs, Haydn’s violin and voice soar over ghostly poked solos and feather bed productions.  Patience, playful and predatory, “Place,” adds gypsy mystery, oriental weaves and industrial steam to cosmopolitan lullabies, evocative fantasies and slicked-back jive.

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Little Pieces - Little Pieces

Little Pieces - Little Pieces

Little Pieces
Little Pieces
Label: One Eleven Records

Clever, well-executed jangle, Little Pieces’ full-length debut springs to life with good-natured bounce, injecting wit into a driving mix of solid chops and gentle persuasions. LP’s refreshingly invigorating tunes patiently accelerate into riff-filled rampages, offering smart takes on familiar themes and updating the subtly twisted pop of Seattle with deceptively wholesome shenanigans.

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Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

Jenny Lewis
Acid Tongue
Label: Warner Bros

Dishing out an inspired buffet of bent Americana, modern songbird Lewis’ song-writing skills turn classic formats into formidable platforms, launching alt-country gospels, weepy folk ballad blues and raging rockabilly toe-tappers. Couched in cameos and chameleon changes, “Acid,” waxes and wanes, openly hopeful then wickedly sinful. Powerful pipes aid adventurous exercises in Lewis’ adept adaptations.

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Lhasa de Sela - Lhasa

Lhasa de Sela - Lhasa

Lhasa de Sela
Lhasa
Label: Nettwerk records

Acoustic tapestries grace a tranquil, confiding voice; mid-tempo meditations, slow-moving harvest songs and phantom shanty waltzes float over fluttering melancholy. Lhasa’s beating dreams, reasonable realism and twilight candor snakes in a long, winding fuse igniting folk-blues blossoms among withering prophecies. In her first all-English album, the globe-trotting artist quietly embellishes clear-eyed feelings into beautifully serious poetry.

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Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo & Taj Mahal - American Horizon

Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo & Taj Mahal - American Horizon

Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo & Taj Mahal
American Horizon
Label: Los Cenzontles Records

A bump and grind banquet of sumptuous Tex-Mex, spooky barrio blues, joyful party tunes and soul-searching serenades, this hearty collaboration proudly parades squeeze-box cumbias, spicy folk-rock and intimate audio scenarios. Detailing the migrant worker’s plight, “Horizon,” is anchored by tradition but flowers through invigorating rock-blues fusions.

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Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives
Gorilla Manor
Label: Frenchkiss Records

Beach Boys blessed, L.A.‘s Local Natives engage the ears in genuine rhythmic ingenuity - spirited hoedowns equally inviting, intriguing and entertaining, spiraling barbershop chops integrated into tightly-knitted drum circle blissfulness. A hook-filled ride smoothly somersaulting into playfully cosmic pop; uplifting enthusiasm bathes, “Gorilla,” in campfire choirs, irresistibly jubilant licks bobbing around cheerfully twisted lyrics.

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Lindstrom & Christabelle - Real Life Is No Cool

Lindstrom & Christabelle - Real Life Is No Cool

Lindstrom & Christabelle
Real Life Is No Cool
Label: Feedelity Recordings

Sequined sequences and programmed pandemonium yield funky disco struts, swooning grooves and intoxicating non-stop dance-pop. Nordic maestro Lindstrom’s machine-tooled moxie finds a soul-mate in Christabelle’s sensual vocals to make luxurious flirts slink, sweat and sashay. Flippy, trippy, club-dizzy fantasies, “Real Life,” turn relentlessly inventive dimensions into an audio odyssey.


Little Boots - Hands

Little Boots - Hands

Little Boots
Hands
Label: Atlantic Records

Unabashed yet subtle, upfront but elaborate, “Hands,” is a perfectly delicious guilty pleasure. Commanding an army of musical machinery, Victoria Hesketh’s frothy wink, slither and thrust eroticism tempts and teases, unfurling come-hither fictions and sharp, empowered bravado. Dolled-up disco meets electro-pop fairy tales in a heart-pumping collision of techno-baroque tangos and strutting electric drum majorettes.

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