Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Pop
Mindy Smith - Stupid Love

Mindy Smith - Stupid Love

Mindy Smith
Stupid Love
Label: Vanguard Records

Gossamer offerings melt Mindy’s sugar-glazed country into heart-felt velvet whose refreshingly romantic songs soar as they sympathize, gracefully vulnerable, casually intimate. Backed by angelic harmonies and doused in breathless wonder, “Stupid,” plays it smart balancing sumptuous comforts and cautious observations, emotionally invested with high returns and polished backing. Mindy plays Madison’s Majestic August 20th.

Mindy Smith WebsiteMindy Smith Wiki

Fiery Furnaces - I’m Going Away

Fiery Furnaces - I’m Going Away

Fiery Furnaces
I’m Going Away
Label: Thrill Jockey Records

Less erratic, but no less didactic, alt-pop innovators FF jitterbug scat within cantilevered cacophony on the friendly but fidgety, “Going.”  As the unsurpassed iconoclasts challenge and unravel, entire songs go unfractured, bubbling avalanches among crunchy bundles of cool - lurching circuses from the sibling’s bebop locomotion, engaged in play inside inspired jazz eruptions.

The Fiery Furnaces WebsiteThe Fiery Furnaces Wiki

Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown

Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown

Lou Barlow
Goodnight Unknown
Label: Merge Records

Lo-fi tonics for unquenchable curiosities, Barlow’s restless quests yield broken folkie’s splintered tales harvested among indie-rocker’s ragged holy grails and bedroom pop’s heavily-weathered details. Smothered in casual confidence, tamed by infectious melodies and danced around forthright beats, “Goodnight,” offers a friendly hand to help you down the road - entertaining, authentic and entirely welcome.

Lou Barlow WebsiteLou Barlow Wiki

Wallpaper - Doodoo Face

Wallpaper - Doodoo Face

Wallpaper
Doodoo Face
Label: Eenie Meenie Records

Studio hoodlums commandeer the chronic and ironic, using party-fueled bravado and auto-tuned disco balls to conjugate one funky Pixar slam-down. Techno-gloss lip service carries pastel synths past eighties skating rink rhythms. Wallpaper’s ringtone craftsmanship pulls plugs and rehashes patches as retro-chic meets squeaky clean freaks for robotized revelry, hard-wired free-for-alls upgraded and infiltrated.

Wallpaper Website

Carolyn Mark & N.Q. Arbuckle - Let’s Just Stay Here

Carolyn Mark & N.Q. Arbuckle - Let’s Just Stay Here

Carolyn Mark & N.Q. Arbuckle
Let’s Just Stay Here
Label: Mint Records

Frank, beautiful heartache captured inside barnstorming story-songs, “Stay,” chases modern tales down darkened alleyways as Mark shoots sparks fronting Canada’s premiere bronco-busting frontier band. Reflective and revved-up, the group’s boot-strap rebuttals are grimy reminders taken for a spin then drinks, good times flowing over toasty twang and rodeo riffs.

Carolyn Mark & N.Q. Arbuckle WebsiteCarolyn Mark & N.Q. Arbuckle Wiki

Brazos - Phosphorescent Blues

Brazos - Phosphorescent Blues

Brazos
Phosphorescent Blues
Label: Autobus Records

Brazos’ alt-folk affectations give way to minimalist chamber pop; textural confections fostering poetic ambitions, ceaseless free verse tumbling over cascading counterpoint. Twittering figures build sensuous tensions while, “Phosphorescent,” generates images and visions bound to exultant beats, hobo hopes stitched with hippie mantras seething beneath solemn streets, a stage-struck bohemia of everyday opulence and casual insight.

Brazos Website

Glass Ghost - Idol Omen

Glass Ghost - Idol Omen

Glass Ghost
Idol Omen
Label: Western Vinyl Records

Nebulous tenors narrate disembodied biographies swimming in impish synths, slithering between machine beats and tumbling, jungle percussion. A short-circuited circus of post-modern androids sorting through shattered reality, Glass Ghost hosts day-glo hymns addressing bureaucratic static. Mesmerizing, intoxicating and strangely familiar, “Idol,” calls forth Major Tom promises from Kafkaesque scenarios and Clockwork Orange dreams.

Glass Ghost Website

Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

Tegan and Sara
Sainthood
Label: Sire Records

Examining how far from perfect we are, T&S volley teasing, time-bomb tempos into impetuous, kinetic calisthenics, confronting choppy-water obstacles to snare love’s illogical lobbying. Tactful battleaxes parlaying blasts of bashing pop into frantic romance, “Sainthood,” is frosted to neon perfection - a pipsqueak blitzkrieg buffed into intense, anxious, well-timed insolence designed for maximum impact.

Tegan and Sara WebsiteTegan and Sara Wiki

Go Find - Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight

Go Find - Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight

Go Find
Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight
Label: Morr Music

Acoustic accoutrements caress and undress TGF’s self-assured purrs of passive indulgence. Belgian’s poignant playboys radiate super-sleuth cool as ultra-polished gloss beguiles, gliding seamlessly through spotless bedroom pop. Calculator smart and compassionately savvy, “Not Tonight,” swims in measured leisure; warm, confiding synthesizers pressed and ready to pounce.

The Go Find WebsiteThe Go Find Wiki

Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

Freelance Whales
Weathervanes
Label: Frenchkiss Records

Giddy, twittering glockenspiels and grinning, banjo-picking pirouettes surround whimsical melodies populated by grown-up words. FW’s dreamy waltzes and coy, wide-eyed sentiments overflow in palatable magic - painting smiles on songs about funerals, psychic connections and alternative power sources. Snug, syncopated synthesizers dance among breezy harmonies and child-like choirs as the sunny “Weathervanes,” comforts and chides.

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Apples In Stereo - Travelers In Space and Time

Apples In Stereo - Travelers In Space and Time

Apples In Stereo
Travelers In Space and Time
Label: Yep Roc

Scrumptious, spunky, bubblegum power-pop reign over Vocoder choruses, old school Britpop sunshine and back-loaded, rebooted boogie. “Travelers,” lift retro-fitted futures into wholesome computerized majesties through infectious, vacuum-packed R&B, can-you-dig-it cowbells and groovy mechanical utopias where heart-broken teens love to dance. The Apples take over Milwaukee’s Turner Hall May 3rd.

Apples In Stereo WebsiteApples In Stereo Wiki

La Strada - New Home

La Strada - New Home

La Strada
New Home
Label: Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Liberating librettos waltz happily as frisky Cossack accordions whisk past sky-high strings twisted into gypsy symphonies flowering bright, boastful brass. “Home,” decorates in frolicking caroling, thoughtful nautical merriment and rousing chamber-folk philosophies, rearranging metaphors and upholstering fables flavored in twinkling mischief. La Strada’s harmonious ensembles feather eloquent nests in jubilant ruminations.

La Strada Website

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