Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Indie
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.

Sons And Daughters WebsiteSons And Daughters Wiki

Eric Matthews - The Imagination Stage

Eric Matthews - The Imagination Stage

Eric Matthews
The Imagination Stage
Label: Empyrean

A bold, smoky-voiced balladeer sauntering through lonely harmonies, grand, sweeping themes and sentimental melodies - Matthews rolls out the big guns with casual gallantry crafting smoldering symphonic spaces and subtly blustery jazz for evocative philosophy at the Heartbreak Hotel. Enveloping the listener slowly, Matthews’ foggy phosphorescence attracts vagabond songs sprinkled among romantic temptations.

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Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge

Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge

Kaki King
Dreaming of Revenge
Label: Velour Records

Kicking off Revenge with a groovy gothic instrumental, the normally mute guitarist then confounds expectations and sings, pivoting from doe-eyed folkie to shoe-gazing popstar before re-introducing her trademark electro-acoustic jazz-folk.  Graceful textures laid over intertwining rhythms; King’s chameleon imagination weave big skies and starry nights, mixing awe with self-assurance, curiosity into inspired creativity.

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Kooks - Konk

Kooks - Konk

Kooks
Konk
Label: Astralwerks

Sad-eyed scoundrels rattling off breezy, rhythmic panache, The Kooks return with charming razzle-dazzle tailored to slippery romance, urbane insolence and rollicking guitar shuffles. Lolly-gagging in upbeat beatnik cheekiness, Konk coolly crunches British consciousness into three minutes jabs strummed to a keen ear and sharp eye. Likeably petulant, The Kooks play Milwaukee’s Turner Hall June 1st.

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Kills - Midnight Boom

Kills - Midnight Boom

Kills
Midnight Boom
Label: Domino Records

Inspired by a documentary on playground clapping-songs, The Kills’ dirty up childhood rhymes for some catchy, cocky rock and roll. Maniacal, industrial-strength bump and grinds rock nocturnal yearnings into a sexy, slaughter-house burlesque driving, “Boom,” with an explosive mix of throbbing hooks, salivating metaphors and steamy teases. The Kills headline Madison’s Annex May 10th.

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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.

Los Campesinos! WebsiteLos Campesinos! Wiki

Clinic - Do It!

Clinic - Do It!

Clinic
Do It!
Label: Domino Records

Snaggle-tooth serenades whine around an eerie, swirling psycho-circus, pounding and pirouetting as acid-tinged punks mumble bittersweet mantras over woozy, shard-spitting solos. Hell-bound lounge music dissected, reassembled, roughed-up and fuzzed-out, “Do It,” does it without alienating or disappointing. Intriguingly seedy and giddily ramshackle, Clinic takes you down dark paths - letting loose, but never letting go.

Clinic WebsiteClinic Wiki

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.

South WebsiteSouth Wiki

Charlatans - You Cross My Path

Charlatans - You Cross My Path

Charlatans
You Cross My Path
Label: Self Released

Loaded with juiced dance grooves, hyperbolic bass and crashing grandeur, “Cross,” elevates earthly relationships to Valkyrie dimensions forging legendary status in classic rock fashion. Courtly rock that takes no prisoners, the Charlatan’s unsubmissive mission snarls with glam, gung-ho struts and game, come-hither glories, triumphantly butting heads against soul-drenched working-class and kick-ass new wave.

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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.

Little Pieces Website

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
Label: Flameshovel Records

A playful clatter of melodic maelstroms, off-kilter codas and terrorized testimonials bind, “Family,” together in a smoldering bowl of lo-fi mercurial ADD rock. The Stems’ psychological kaleidoscope simmers, escalates and oddly oscillates dissecting modern times through knee-buckling gallops and jigsaw cat-calls, providing, “Family,” explosive doses of fractured maverick novellas and infuriating patchwork prophecy.

Bound Stems WebsiteBound Stems Wiki

 - Me and Armini

- Me and Armini


Me and Armini
Label: Rough Trade Records

Lusty Icelandic trip-hop kicks slow jigs swirling like glittery frosting over infectious beats in Torrini’s latest incarnation. Electronic and organic, earthy and heavenly, “Armini,” ricochets from silly to sultry to spiritual - a taunting buffet of magic woods and wild imaginations, synthesizers blinking in velvet skies, pixie rhythms rubbing against scandalous minuets.

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