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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2011
    Yellowbirds - The Color

    Yellowbirds - The Color

    Yellowbirds
    The Color
    Label: The Royal Potato Family

    Former Apollo Sunshine singer/songwriter Sam Cohen’s cosmic rock crop of rafter-rattling pop ricochets from reverb-heavy heartache to bright, astral enlightenment. Evoking psychotropic-folk fandangos via effects-laden auto-harps, brisk, mournful guitars and thick percussive conniptions, “Color,” cranks out blissfully boisterous warbling; open road odes to safe havens from rollicking rainbow souls brimming with evangelical fire, worldly wayfarer wisdom and unchained changeling jangle.

    Yellowbirds Website

    Asobi Seksu - Fluorescence

    Asobi Seksu - Fluorescence

    Asobi Seksu
    Fluorescence
    Label: Polyvinyl

    Stirring fuzzy buzzing watery flotsam alongside mesmerizing mermaid melodies, “Fluorescence,” swims in shimmering whimsy whose celestially electric swarms swoop through wicked cherubic doo-wop wrapped in bewitching beat-filled fission propelling jet-setting soundscapes. The variously talented duo’s effervescent shoe-gazing mazes uncage cartoon-groomed dream-pop for haunted spectral head-trips smeared in smooth, convoluted quasi-kitschy cacophony; gilded, puppy-dog melancholy crackling under shiny nursery rhyme kindness.

    Asobi Seksu WebsiteAsobi Seksu FacebookAsobi Seksu Wiki

    Tina Dico - Welcome Back Color

    Tina Dico - Welcome Back Color

    Tina Dico
    Welcome Back Color
    Label: Defend Music

    A versatile voice whose fullness and shading lends edge to her breezy eloquence and sympathy to her perceptive messages, Dico’s jam-packed double-disc introduces America through her European chart-toppers, new tunes and reworked acoustic duets. Hard choices dressed in eye-catching pop-rock frocks and consensual easy-listening christenings, “Welcome,” invites glistening images inside beautifully agile ballads and unfettered confessions within sage, engaged serenades.

    Tina Dico WebsiteTina Dico FacebookTina Dico Wiki

    The Dodos - No Color

    The Dodos - No Color

    The Dodos
    No Color
    Label: Frenchkiss Records

    Happily thrashing contrapuntal puzzles, “No,” explodes in joyfully melodic thunder. Stitched up and knitted from ribald, tribal indie-rock waltzes and shell-shocked, cock-eyed thrill-ride spirals, the Dodo’s pleasing, fleeting seesaw swatch of durable dynamics sandwich palatable pleasures from clever, dueling romantics whose burgeoning urgency and aggressively zesty methods conjure dreamboat sea-shanties among lively pop options diverting flirty percolations around revisionist’s collisions.

    The Dodos WebsiteThe Dodos FacebookThe Dodos Wiki

    Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

    Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

    Ringo Deathstarr
    Colour Trip
    Label: Sonic Unyon

    Bulldozer composure’s muffled muscle, “Trip,” whips blistering skate-punk bluster into decidedly indecipherable custard. Tasty bandaged tangents languishes over laudable gauze merging kaleidoscopic monsters inside warped torpor as crackling fractals blasting acid-washed passions mask bedroom whisperings under buzz-saw hooks. The Austin trio’s debut usher lusciously crunchy lullabies past demure assurance into backwards catastrophes braving hazy waves, pounding sounds and curlicue grooves.

    Ringo Deathstarr WebsiteRingo Deathstarr Facebook

    Stricken City - Losing Colour

    Stricken City - Losing Colour

    Stricken City
    Losing Colour
    Label: Kora Records

    Announcing their demise before releasing their final effort, London-based indie-pop instigators Stricken City insure their underground cult status with nimble middle class narratives marrying sinister riffs and cavernous crescendos to winged deliveries tunneling through riveting rhythms. Posh pariahs stylishly sizing up fleeting scenes, “Losing,” fuses vexing questions and parochial prose to turbulent furnaces stoking fiery choirs and deft, reflective projections.

    Stricken City WebsiteStricken City Facebook

    Southeast Engine - Canary

    Southeast Engine - Canary

    Southeast Engine
    Canary
    Label: Misra

    Penitent and persevering, rowdy and reverent, SEE’s gurgling Wurlitzers and Delta-bound brass rile rustic ruckus for relapsed travails, electrified revivalists fronting frontier racketeers, recasting tragic burdens into grizzled, gratifying honky-tonk. A ragged tabernacle, “Canary,” canvasses unflappable affirmations etched in mournful cornfields, barnyard brimstone and boardwalk morality; rousing rust belt ballads conjuring coal mines and cold spells, bad luck and love-sickness.

    Southeast Engine WebsiteSoutheast Engine FacebookSoutheast Engine Wiki

    Lonely Forest - Arrows

    Lonely Forest - Arrows

    Lonely Forest
    Arrows
    Label: Trans Records

    Grass-roots minutiae fuel monumental pop as soft-spoken notions build to pouncing indie-rock onslaughts, “Arrows,” targets existential displacement inside self-assured thoughts. Pensive engines drive soul-searching questions, uplifting torrents of shape-shifting sympathies assembling resplendent, compelling parades.  Sailing and skating over breathless rhythms and runaway bass, TLF’s punchy electric strumming quivers in shiny, obliging slip ‘n slide wildness, barely containing contagious, ageless sincerity.

    The Lonely Forest WebsiteThe Lonely Forest FacebookThe Lonely Forest Wiki

    Erland and the Carnival - Nightingale

    Erland and the Carnival - Nightingale

    Erland and the Carnival
    Nightingale
    Label: Yep Roc

    Electronic textures scatter among magical, galloping madrigals, swinging, London-based pop and moody, psyche-spooky folk as E&TC’s intricate Wickerman mix of jingling, jittery side-trips dance to arcane but catchy cadences redressed inside modern Sleepy Hollow closets. Bristling, underhanded homage captured in ghoulish studio rapture, “Nightingale,” grooms groovy roots into macabre insinuations, ominous promises lurking in sly, denied smirks and incestuous jests.

    Erland and the Carnival WebsiteErland and the Carnival FacebookErland and the Carnival Wiki

    Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds - Under Streetlight Glow

    Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds - Under Streetlight Glow

    Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds
    Under Streetlight Glow
    Label: Bella Union

    Lingering fiddling and tidewater drums filter drifting harmonicas and blue-sky slide; sweet molasses melodies dally about weary wishes as halting, unholstered Spencer and her Cold Mountain minstrels wrap dilapidated desires over tattered sighs littering forlorn sojourns ravaged from fog-bound farewells. Cradling Appalachian patience, “Glow,” exposes windswept ragdoll blues wallowing in unspoken truth playfully wavering between pregnant pauses and uncertain resolve.

    Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds WebsiteHeidi Spencer and the Rare Birds Facebook

    Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave

    Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave

    Raveonettes
    Raven in the Grave
    Label: Vice Records

    Seductive juxtapositions churn bright, blinding riffs from velvety, fuzz-pop melt-downs. Skulking miasmas of scathing, blazing reverb, “Grave,” cultivates dangerous conveyance around heavenly self-possession. Pretty punk defiance abducting prom-dress pledges, pressing crepe-paper hearts between dream-pirate menace dipped in coy, corrosive curtseys and proudly shrouded pastels dressed in rain-gray attitude. The Raveonettes’ fierce, mascara-rimmed melancholy molds vertigo-riddled Valentines into steel-plated, corrugated cool.

    Raveonettes WebsiteRaveonettes FacebookRaveonettes Wiki

    Alison Krauss and Union Station - Paper Airplane

    Alison Krauss and Union Station - Paper Airplane

    Alison Krauss and Union Station
    Paper Airplane
    Label: Rounder

    Slow country waltzes court tranquil restraint bathed in tender nuance and worldly-wise meandering. Alison and her classy, Grammy-winning mavericks, Union Station reunite to unravel talented toe-tapping tapestries tastefully tethered and graciously plaited like sunshine on crystal streams. Soothing and lucid, “Paper,” embraces lean times and troubled souls combating the sadness with rich, picturesque refrains, welcoming harmonies and unrepentantly sentimental renderings.

    Alison Krauss and Union Station WebsiteAlison Krauss and Union Station FacebookAlison Krauss and Union Station Wiki

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