Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

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Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!

Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!

Super Furry Animals
Hey Venus!
Label: Rough Trade Records

Smug and subversive, cool and calculating the courageously contagious confections from Wales’ most excellent power-pop pranksters clears a well-constructed road between dazzling RASPBERRIES-era posture and cheeky 10 cc seizures.  Sequined synths ply rhinestone riffs as the clownish FURRIES shine, combining post-modern playfulness with devilishly ironic nostalgia. SFA play Chicago’s Metro Feb 16.

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Sons And Daughters - This Gift

Sons And Daughters - This Gift

Sons And Daughters
This Gift
Label: Domino Records

Inspiring the inner punk to take to the dance floor and let loose, Gift boldly goes beyond new wave frontiers. Trashing Clash clichés with post-modern panache, SAD’s razor-sharp shimmies and Cossack rock thunder throbs like slick war path hoopla as images of Deborah Harry and Chrissie Hynde conjure terrific riff rock sock hops.

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David Saw - Broken Down Figure

David Saw - Broken Down Figure

David Saw
Broken Down Figure
Label: Iris Records

Tastefully melodic, Saw shines best at his simplest – quietly penetrating into the heart of the matter armed only with an acoustic guitar and a gentle voice that comforts as it questions and confides. Deceptively innocent, Broken rocks its wise lullabies in melancholy overtones, waltzing between introspective dramas, sage advice and patient romance.

David Saw Website

South - You Are Here

South - You Are Here

South
You Are Here
Label: Bluhammock

Bristling British brass, foreboding atmosphere, decisive drums and shimmering harmonies, “You,” boldly positions itself between love, life and logic, quietly announcing no clear winner. In South’s articulate and nuanced chamber pop, graceful melodies and boyish bravado simmer in jangle-y electricity, leaving smart first impressions and lingering after-thoughts as dreamy illuminations sail among military shadows.

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Skybombers - Take Me to Town

Skybombers - Take Me to Town

Skybombers
Take Me to Town
Label: Albert Production

Swinging from tasty bluster kicking apart adolescent frustration to thunderous raspberries, this precocious Aussie quartet shows Outback belligerence via sometime in L.A. - howling through rockabilly garage toss-offs and knocking out pitch-perfect, stomping mad scowls. Walloping pop-rock, “Town,” produces scuffling, amped-up six-string skiffle, jammed inside El Kabong riffs and brief, greasy hooks.


Alina Simone - Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!

Alina Simone - Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!

Alina Simone
Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!
Label: 54º40' or Fight!

Covering Russian folk-punk icon Yanka Dyagileva, Simone conveys bold convictions and tender sympathies. Writhing trumpets, chamber music strings and insistent acoustic guitars infiltrate the darkly hypnotic, “Beware,” while Simone’s divinely haunting voice dissolves language barriers, telegraphing emotions and conjuring comparisons to NICO, PATTI SMITH and P.J. HARVEY.

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Starflyer 59 - Dial M

Starflyer 59 - Dial M

Starflyer 59
Dial M
Label: Tooth and Nail

Suave and sardonic, “M,” phones in catchy beats, dark chords and ambulance urgency, delivering slithering, sinister vamps and slick, square-jawed indie-rock stomps. Stubborn, steady hooks probe and prod as Starflyer 59 addresses brooding moods in fluid phrases and menacing new wave. Tortured portraits taunt and mock while taking stock in shadowy pop.

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School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

School Of Seven Bells
Alpinisms
Label: Ghostly International

Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis teams up with twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza weaving steamy cybernetic melodies between lockjaw rhythms,. Spinning space-age atmospheres, “Alpinism,” accentuate mesmerizing sound rainbows from astral sirens tempting mental cosmonauts. Airy fairies ferry digital dreams of binary bliss against restless tides, colliding into heavenly buzz, flitting into glittery symphonies.

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Sholi - Sholi

Sholi - Sholi

Sholi
Sholi
Label: Quarterstick/Touch and Go

Paralyzing prayers, guitar acrobatics and nervous percussion roast dark skeletal textures, colliding powerful free jazz tempos against ancient aspirations, ghostly hopes and driven intuition. Sholi’s toreador torpedoes swoop and climb, effervescent chords dance over stranglehold beats; indie-rock tapestries shrouding thick forests of skitterish transmissions. Ballistic mysticism in clanging anchors, spidery threads and moody transcendence.

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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.

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Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - hERE and nOW

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - hERE and nOW

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
hERE and nOW
Label: Bar/None

Eighteen years since their debut and decades since they co-founded indie-icons THE DB’S, H & S gently jangle hearts and minds, churning chiming Everly Bros. shindigs laced with Marsalis sax. Wholesome and upbeat, the duo’s lifetime hindsight serves up soaring choruses and sighing sentiment, fortified memories seasoned with sympathetic regret.

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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.

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