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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Other Lives - Other Lives

    Other Lives - Other Lives

    Other Lives
    Other Lives
    Label: TBD

    A debut filled with good-byes, the sweet melancholy of Other Lives employ sympathetic strings, poignant piano and spiraling guitars to convey their sad regrets. Sumptuous chamber-pop filled with somber, soaring sentiments, “Other Lives,” waltzes through windswept parables, humble testaments to restless affections, bitter lessons dressed in fond memories, effervescent empathy and hopeful minor chords.

    Other Lives Website

    A Camp - Colonia

    A Camp - Colonia

    A Camp
    Colonia
    Label: Nettwerk records

    Flushed with lush, vampish nuance and lean, taunting lyrics, “Colonia,” wraps its political sting in leather and lace symphonies, a sage cabaret translated from level-headed, globe-trotting memories. A shimmering coronation of enchanted melodies, glamorous ironies and seductive intimidation; Cardigans singer Nina Persson portrays a post-modern Mata Hari, cool, coy sniping hiding inside her conniving metaphors.

    A Camp WebsiteA Camp Wiki

    BrakesBrakesBrakes - Touchdown

    BrakesBrakesBrakes - Touchdown

    BrakesBrakesBrakes
    Touchdown
    Label: Fat Cat

    Rock solid cynicism burns past corrosive pop-rock and beat-heavy intellect. Rallying around the hoi polloi in invigorating hooks, ironclad chords and an uncanny knack for suspiciously enigmatic phrases, “Touchdown,” pounds out its paranoia with passionate panache. Sparking flames in the face of modern ennui, Brakesbrakesbrakes’ riff-ripe sing-alongs are wise and innocent, brilliantly jaded yet ultimately undefeated.

    BrakesBrakesBrakes WebsiteBrakesBrakesBrakes Wiki

    Paleface - The Show is on the Road

    Paleface - The Show is on the Road

    Paleface
    The Show is on the Road
    Label: Ramseur Records

    Honky tonk honesty fuels train-yard yarns turning contemporary issues into dustbowl hobo narratives; Paleface’s earth-bound wisdom croons rollicking acoustic tunes, weaving a deeper, understated understanding from everyday aggravations. “Road,” rolls with the punches, unfolding stolen moments over bare-boned anecdotes, uplifting skiffle and friendly encouragement; heartache and hindsight blending into folksy hopefulness.

    Paleface Website

    Apostle Of Hustle - Eats Darkness

    Apostle Of Hustle - Eats Darkness

    Apostle Of Hustle
    Eats Darkness
    Label: Arts & Crafts

    Swinging from a labyrinth of kitchen sinks into thrilling trills of tropical thunder, caffeinated cacophony tumbling into apocalyptic rumbas, AoH’s devilish dance dissects opposing slogans, crafty commotions subverting nervous diversions. “Eats,” dines on bouncy grooves, found sounds and overloaded imaginations whose hip-swiveling impulses divulge lunatic snickering, renegade wit and cyber-mambo voodoo.

    Apostle Of Hustle WebsiteApostle Of Hustle Wiki

    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.

    Polly Scattergood WebsitePolly Scattergood Wiki

    Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey

    Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey

    Cracker
    Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
    Label: 429 Records

    Audacious anarchists, geeky stoner romantics and sci-fi rockers party and parlay, distilling alcoholic logic into swaggering guitar licks dipped in dirt farmer harmonies. Cracker’s roughshod rodeo diplomacy is administered in blunt, abrupt, wild-eyed, country-fried punk as, “Sunrise,” bashes, bops and berates accepted social ills and civilization’s backwards loopholes.

    Cracker Website

    Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

    Phoenix
    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    Label: Glassnotes Records

    France’s come hither swingers serve a funky bucket of dreamy, blue-eyed, hot club love. Relentless synth-pop rhythms covered in electric frosting form heartthrob yelps around tense, ready-to-pop photo-ops. Reassembling a stream-lined new wave mystery trip; the prowling, pouncing, “Wolfgang,” mounts photo-shopped disco attacks in infectious retro-eighties exaltations, igniting the party with casually romantic sincerity.

    Phoenix WebsitePhoenix Wiki

    White Rabbits - It’s Frightening

    White Rabbits - It’s Frightening

    White Rabbits
    It’s Frightening
    Label: TBD Records

    Creepy crawly, bowery beats, taunt lo-fi rumblings, the Rabbits’ agitated bop tosses oddball odes to desperate beauty. Rim-shot riff-raff raising the roof through jungle fever, sinister hooks and tightly wound waltzes; “Frightening,” packs dizzy descents into murky minds. Rambunctiously rattling, SPOON’s Britt Daniel’s atmospheric production rings in authentic sounds touched by subtle studio smarts.

    White Rabbits WebsiteWhite Rabbits Wiki

    Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

    Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

    Black Moth Super Rainbow
    Eating Us
    Label: Graveface Records

    Swamped in strings then freed via surreal peals of laughing electronics, the unearthly, “Eating,” walks on cat’s paws between child-like whimsy and cybernetic wonder A supernaturally heightened state of bliss, BMSR’s cozy bass meanders over analogue realities, lyrics of paradoxical androgyny slithering among acoustic guitars and live percussion for eerily passive interactions.

    Black Moth Super Rainbow WebsiteBlack Moth Super Rainbow Wiki

    Horse's Ha - Of The Cathmawr Yards

    Horse's Ha - Of The Cathmawr Yards

    Horse's Ha
    Of The Cathmawr Yards
    Label: Hidden Agenda

    Sheathed in courtly attire, Chicago’s THH moves through progressively spiraling circles, encompassing chamber-jazz maneuvers, baroque pirouettes and sweeping, gypsy incantations. Snappy pastorals trot pass calculated counterpoint spiced in enchanted parables. Cooing Canterbury blues fleshed out in Persian accents, “Yard,” blends together familiar sounds in friendly settings, quietly re-inventing nobler histories


    Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship

    Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship

    Tortoise
    Beacons of Ancestorship
    Label: Thrill Jockey Records

    Western Gothic turns post-nuclear sprockets turns jazzy Arabic space-jam logic - Tortoise’s cataclysmic twists and poly-rock fits knot plots; suiting their moods, altering formulas and testing limits. Slow and steady erupts into transcendental terrors and splonky rebuttals as “Beacon,” unravels out-of-this world vibes into heady harmonics pierced through angular chords and industrial noir.

    Tortoise WebsiteTortoise Wiki

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