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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Progressive
    Haale - No Ceiling

    Haale - No Ceiling

    Haale
    No Ceiling
    Label: Channel A Music

    A paranormal panorama swimming in foreign palpitations and oceanic orchestration, Ceiling stretch and pulls, enchanting in dancing trances, Persian seductions and prog-pop pomp. New York born with Iranian roots, Haale incorporates her unique position between cultures in a mesmerizing maelstrom of ancient traditions and modern tastes, making transcedent music that stirs the soul.

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    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.

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    Mittens On Strings - Let’s Go To Baba’s

    Mittens On Strings - Let’s Go To Baba’s

    Mittens On Strings
    Let’s Go To Baba’s
    Label: Soungs Records

    A veritable garden of quirky curiosities, existential wit and literate kismet, “Baba’s,” boasts both gray, no wave guitar psychedelia harvesting lofty, alt-Goth waltzes and banjo, cello and mandolin spiking pastoral, prog-rock rodeos. MoS’s smirking, earnest grandeur merges into democratic genre-jumping offering sentimental laments and mocking double-talk, deadpan stanzas and granola-soaked anecdotes.

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    Midas Fall - Eleven. Return and revert

    Midas Fall - Eleven. Return and revert

    Midas Fall
    Eleven. Return and revert
    Label: Monotreme

    Darting apparitions coo fluent, fleeting meanings as, “Eleven,” traverses immense emptiness where textures stretch, catching regrets swooping through crashing percussion, lofty intergalactic guitar and tender piano soliloquies. Banshee ballads anchor tumultuous emotions as MF’s ferocious vocals wrangle phantom fandangos, surfing past oceanic auras, shivering within shadowy despair, impulsive thoughts and half-abandoned memories.

    Midas Fall Website

    Extra Life - Made Flesh

    Extra Life - Made Flesh

    Extra Life
    Made Flesh
    Label: LOAF Recordings

    Prog-rock opera staged by poet-warriors, “Flesh,” melts raw, visceral visions into fevered fanfares, provocative parables and contorted concertos. Assembling personal circuses sparked by both intense and tentative dynamics, Extra Life’s exalted and altered altar-bound pogroms swarm around ominous admonishments, dressing classical pastorals in Gregorian scorn and savoring intense interrogations between galvanized studio eruptions.

    Extra Life WebsiteExtra Life Wiki

    Minus the Bear - Omni

    Minus the Bear - Omni

    Minus the Bear
    Omni
    Label: Dangerbird

    Vivid slivers of slithering ribbons tie smooth syncopated grooves into brisk, crisp knots as shimmering electronic funk carve tightly wrought jazz-rock into super-cool, cross-pollinating gravy. “Omni,” spins and sparks, igniting space-age playfulness as MTB prances over edgy pinnacles, casting magic spells against dance-floor lust and prog-rock cockiness. The Bear play Chicago’s Lollapalooza early August.

    Minus the Bear WebsiteMinus the Bear Wiki

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists - Grand Unifying Theory

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists - Grand Unifying Theory

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists
    Grand Unifying Theory
    Label: Low Transit Industries

    Explosive blues hallucinations rut and rupture as off-kilter cataclysms pass like squealing wheelies through Kim’s wild-eyed wango tango. Kim and the Surrealist’s first effort in thirteen years, “Grand,” shows no signs of age, lambasting and exonerating with madcap flashbacks and beastly thunder; improvised rampages coasting over fantasy anarchy.

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    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    Flying Lotus
    Cosmogramma
    Label: Warp

    Hard-wired, narcoleptic kaleidoscopes; FL’s latest fractured trajectories spill into a barrage of schizoid collage, found sounds and re-mastered plastic. New age waves waft past acrobatic spasms, subtle puzzles melt trampled samples against unfettered fantasies while quirky flirtations glow, surface and evaporate. Riptide runs catapult sleepless beats, sweeping free jazz leaps as, “Cosmogramma,” builds into sweet cyber-jambalaya.

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    Ratatat - LP4

    Ratatat - LP4

    Ratatat
    LP4
    Label: XL Recordings

    Studio-lubricated moods cross-pollinating Debussy inside Bo Diddley, “LP4,” tickles traditions switching from zither-inflicted flamenco to twittering harpsichords roasted over jive Vocoder bass. Sinuous minuets and mod leapfrog mosaics spawn yawning automatons and computer-triggered funk, cyber-samba sandwiches stuffed into slack-key electro-calypso, neo-classical accents and Afro-pop Krautrock, swift twists and sinfully nimble patchwork quilts tethering history and culture.

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    Nils Frahm and Anne Mueller - 7fingers

    Nils Frahm and Anne Mueller - 7fingers

    Nils Frahm and Anne Mueller
    7fingers
    Label: Hush

    Patiently threading ghostly cello among surly chirps, slippery blips and peek-a-boo beats, studio guru Frahm’s effervescent collaboration suggests interstellar pinball coated in sublime intertwining technologies. Shifting indiscriminately, “7fingers,” skims and dips, soars and skips, amassing raspy atmospheres - engineered yet mysteriously romantic and beautifully alien, suspension bridges melting into a hypnotic fog.

    Nils Frahm and Anne Mueller Website

    Jimmy Gnecco - The Heart

    Jimmy Gnecco - The Heart

    Jimmy Gnecco
    The Heart
    Label: Bright Antenna

    Singing and playing every instrument, Gnecco’s raw courage and emotional depth sculpt melodramatic crashes and torrential torment, toreador handclaps and cliff-hanging crescendos - fermented fevers whose glories rise and fall with frankness and finesse. From solemn to soaring, resilient to resigned, “Heart” is a labor of love offering stormy rebellions and pre-dawn prayers.

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    Young Galaxy - Invisible Republic

    Young Galaxy - Invisible Republic

    Young Galaxy
    Invisible Republic
    Label: Paper Bag

    Bold, smoldering alien jangle-rock visionaries soldier and slither around goth-gospel pop spouting disenchanted evangelism. Sporting strutting spooky elegance the ghoulishly cool, “Republic,” saunters, meshing textures and coercing conjectures, dispensing bewitching empathy. Sleek, oblique and slightly out of reach, YG’s temptingly redemptive persuasions reasonably teases, treed feedback among risky and irresistible sacrificial dance-floor rituals.

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