Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

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Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

Photon Band
Back Down to Earth
Label: Empyrean

Orbiting over semi-savage psychedelia, PB’s lumbering Lotharios freefall into the soulful sludge of zero-gravity blues while Earth moves from the vast to the vital. Re-entering the atmosphere like drunk angels on fire, Earth spins off stompin’ rockers, sixties R & B and cosmic shuffles with laser-guided clairvoyance, causal wisdom and heel-kicking gumption.

The Photon Band Website

Sam Phillips - Don’t Do Anything

Sam Phillips - Don’t Do Anything

Sam Phillips
Don’t Do Anything
Label: Nonesuch

Cloaked in smoldering urges and singed regrets, Phillips chooses to shed skins for her first-time role as producer and let the songs shine. Dripping in black widow honesty, bump and grind beats and tossed aside lovers, Phillips’ rumbling guitars and skeletal piano turn, “Don’t,” into scathing, claws-out cunning.

Sam Phillips WebsiteSam Phillips Wiki

Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer
Who Killed Amanda Palmer
Label: Roadrunner Records

Post-feminist burlesque bursts from the story-songs of Dresden Doll’s Palmer. “Killed,” turns combustible, unfurling kooky goose-stepping waltzes before revealing fallen-angel soliloquies. - theatrical piano pathos squeezed between barn-burning carnivals, contemporary operettas paired with urgent introspection. Neither intelligence nor humor disappear or dominate while Palmer’s ingeniously mischievous heart powers, “Killed,”to beautiful conclusions.

Amanda Palmer WebsiteAmanda Palmer Wiki

Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors

Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors

Portugal. The Man
Censored Colors
Label: Equal Vision

P.tM’s gloriously organic guru-rock casually marries slippery symphonies to orchestrated heavy metal outbursts. Cryptic and ambitious, seething with reverb-soaked psychedelia P.tM’s glowing tapestry of hippie hallelujahs parade grand gestures in brutally naked waves and splendid otherworldly promise. Lofty and solemn, heavy and serene,”Censored,” startles, bending conventions and resurrecting epic, howling, hurricane-flavored salvation.

Portugal. The Man WebsitePortugal. The Man Wiki

Present - World I See

Present - World I See

Present
World I See
Label: LOAF

Rippling tranquilly then mounting musical monsoons, “World,” sculpt electro-static passages into disembodied audio odysseys and rambling ambient jams. Reveling in eerie atmospheres, tempting chemistry in magical distractions, the Present’s gurgling births evolve from thundering avalanches to scurrying monsters - scraping escapees lost in a field of alien heartbeats breathing and breeding spidery silences.


Peachcake - What Year Will You Have the World?

Peachcake - What Year Will You Have the World?

Peachcake
What Year Will You Have the World?
Label: Awesome Planet/Subtractive

Nostalgic, encyclopedic, underground and ironic,”Rule,” compiles pre-fab pageants from socio-cultural colloquialisms and old-school computer doodles. Whip-smart cybernetic pep ride sine waves texting paisley-flavored polemics, knob-twisting fixes input smirking circuitry, robotic loops program mood-altering samples tripped, wrung and processed. Peachcake’s madcap android bonfire blinks, re-thinks and stutter-boogies to algorithmic bliss.

Peachcake WebsitePeachcake Wiki

Panics - Cruel Guards

Panics - Cruel Guards

Panics
Cruel Guards
Label: Music Allies

Throaty vocals cushioned in strings and brass cast stoic shadows across jangly refrains as the solid, soulful Aussie rock of, “Cruel,” croons cool, stone-faced fables. Shifting slave chain beats between rousing hooks, The Panic’s valiant hearts are well-prepared for soldiering on, delivering swelling, resilient emotions exploding into proud pleads and open-armed anthems.

The Panics WebsiteThe Panics Wiki

Cale Parks - Sparklace

Cale Parks - Sparklace

Cale Parks
Sparklace
Label: Polyvinyl Records

Aloha percussionist’s sophomore solo sojourn percolates processed pandemonium, chilling robo-rhythms into spacey sambas, molding twilight techno from fleeting sequences. Seething and seizing in fitful digital sonambulism, Parks’ cascading cacophony cultivates sonic stampedes, a cavalry of cyber-tribal consciousness. “Sparklace,” floats in a sea of whispered suggestions, pulsating messages projecting a drowsy virtual after-life of programmed transcendence.

Cale Parks WebsiteCale Parks Wiki

Pavement - Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Pavement - Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Pavement
Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition
Label: Matador Records

Shaggy, lop-sided fastballs sketch slacker social history as, “Brighten,” boasts goofy insights from smartass punks who bop, stomp, tattle and taunt over snakey guitar, pogo bass and loose-limbed drums.  Fortified by singles, b-sides, out-takes and radio performances, Pavement’s fourth is now a delicious double-disc documentary illuminating the band’s late-nineties indie-rock genius.

Pavement WebsitePavement Wiki

PSAPP - The Camel’s Back

PSAPP - The Camel’s Back

PSAPP
The Camel’s Back
Label: Domino Records

Rube Goldberg whimsy haunts the charming ticks, bells and whistles perforating the toy-box ballet of tropical melodies in Psapp’s chic, elliptical art-pop.  Posh, polished shenanigans bring an edgy restlessness to the subtly playful, “Camel,” where cross-stitched syncopation meets eloquent studio tomfoolery for a computer-soothed jungle gym of twittering symphonies, slithering samples and classical flashes.

PSAPP WebsitePSAPP Wiki

Paleface - The Show is on the Road

Paleface - The Show is on the Road

Paleface
The Show is on the Road
Label: Ramseur Records

Honky tonk honesty fuels train-yard yarns turning contemporary issues into dustbowl hobo narratives; Paleface’s earth-bound wisdom croons rollicking acoustic tunes, weaving a deeper, understated understanding from everyday aggravations. “Road,” rolls with the punches, unfolding stolen moments over bare-boned anecdotes, uplifting skiffle and friendly encouragement; heartache and hindsight blending into folksy hopefulness.

Paleface Website

Polly Scattergood - Polly Scattergood

Polly Scattergood - Polly Scattergood

Polly Scattergood
Polly Scattergood
Label: Mute Records

Raw and personal, Scattergood’s doe-eyed poetry steps quietly among floating, glowing electronica while phantom beats build towering tempests from breathy confessions. A frank parade combating life’s charades, slithering in whispers and bathed in fluorescence discotheques, Scattergood’s debut revels in intimate revelations; dire diaries recounting adamant adventures through fiery sirens, chamber arrangements and hissing synths.

Polly Scattergood WebsitePolly Scattergood Wiki

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