Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Alphabetical
Walkmen - You & Me

Walkmen - You & Me

Walkmen
You & Me
Label: Gigantic Records

Shifting through hazy memories, The Men’s crooning biographies wade within life-long habits and haunting afterthoughts, behind barbed guitars metamorphosis’s into breezy steel drums. The tangle of jangle stir tiny tempests out of whittled punk’s brittle ballads as, “You & Me,” fades into consciousness. The Walkmen, join Okkervil River at Madison’s Annex September 14th

The Walkmen WebsiteThe Walkmen Wiki

Fujiya & Miyagi - Lightbulbs

Fujiya & Miyagi - Lightbulbs

Fujiya & Miyagi
Lightbulbs
Label: Deaf Dumb and Blind

Switched-on digi-rock swings in glistening grooves and super-agent cool. Quietly enunciating hip, intimate jungle come-ons, “Lightbulbs,” turns machine-tooled algorithms ultra-sexy. Lip-licking lyrics cling to galvanized shotgun funk, cross-wiring prog-Afro punk to cybertronic pop. Bristling precision sneaks, creeps and floats - ticking like a time-bomb, seducing futures through dance-floor politics and patented syncopation.

Fujiya & Miyagi WebsiteFujiya & Miyagi Wiki

Giant Sand - proVISIONS

Giant Sand - proVISIONS

Giant Sand
proVISIONS
Label: Yep Rock Records

Shivering guitars and rattling pianos haunt twilight flights from frontier sorrows as, “pro,” lassoes graveyard campfires, stirring up the ashes, peppering desperation with electric peyote blues. Twang with fangs, Giant’s prickly myths and flickering metaphysical fiction unleash tumbleweed tangos scornful and forlorn, avant-jazz roots-rock teetering toward Aussie goth, perched over sly, savvy alt-country snickering.

Giant Sand WebsiteGiant Sand Wiki

Wedding Present - El Rey

Wedding Present - El Rey

Wedding Present
El Rey
Label: Manifesto

Reunited after eight years TWP makes, Rey,” shine. Showy, sour chic gets fleeced and flogged as, “Rey,” lines up jaded and dejected sophisticates; unraveling insolent romance and radiating rebellious charisma. Antihero love songs usher carousing sideshows of rifling riffs and withering wit as TWP’s thorny lyrics become smarmy balm for love’s restless jesters.

The Wedding Present WebsiteThe Wedding Present Wiki

All Girl Summer Fun Band - Looking Into It

All Girl Summer Fun Band - Looking Into It

All Girl Summer Fun Band
Looking Into It
Label: AGSFB Music

Beach blanket beats surround bee-hive harmonies as Portland, Or’s reassembled super-group hits the ground running. Peering past polka dot pop into boppy alt-rock, “Looking,” sneer and revere bubblegum party girls, making over ass-kicking battleaxes for a post-punk pajama party full of wicked good fun and swooning super-sonic pillow talk.

All Girl Summer Fun Band WebsiteAll Girl Summer Fun Band 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

Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires
Label: XL

An elastic calamity coldcocking ping-pong bass around popcorn jungle percussion - FF’s edgy, pop-disco romances pack plenty of jagged hot flashes, capturing groovy futures beneath neon-saturated satin. Smart and spastic, FF’s new-wave bounce hits the ceiling before landing on the dance floor, swiveling synths and crackling guitars shrieking in slippery hiccups and sputtering funk.

Friendly Fires WebsiteFriendly Fires Wiki

Winterpills - Central Chambers

Winterpills - Central Chambers

Winterpills
Central Chambers
Label: Signature Sounds

Sweet harmonies wrapped around rich, dark laments, Winterpill’s defenseless elegance waltzes around articulate sleep-walking angst. Minuets and rhapsodies receive pop-rock arrangements and post-modern wittiness, sagas reduced to reclusive tunes washed in deliberate, cinematic poetry and tastefully electric diplomacy. Spinning literary nuance, “Central,” reassembles foreign films with methodical logic, unearthing our delusions with melodic confidence.

Winterpills WebsiteWinterpills Wiki

Todd Rundgren - Arena

Todd Rundgren - Arena

Todd Rundgren
Arena
Label: Hi Fi Recordings

Protool pomp etch race car riffs as producer-performer Rundgren’s rails against time and empires, reactivating big-hair hammerhead rock for deep themes, exposed schemes and metaphysical convictions. Unleashing an arsenal of retaliating romps and machine-tooled machismo, “Arena,” channels ballistic outrage and foot-stomping frustration into iron-clad wake-up calls, rapid-fired blasts roasted over fiery blue-eyed soul.

Todd Rundgren WebsiteTodd Rundgren Wiki

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