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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2013
    Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory - Elements of Light

    Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory - Elements of Light

    Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory
    Elements of Light
    Label: Rough Trade

    Swimming images of Zen railroad crossings, Sunday churchyards and midnight clock-shops; electronic artist du Prince and Norwegian ensemble The Bell Laboratory embark on a symphonic odyssey exploring pure radiant tone against restless synthetics. Evocative hypnotics float, soak and coax as, “Light,” underscores translucent beauty, evolving organic trances while diving deep into beat-friendly meditations bolstered by ethereal ambience and subterranean splendor.

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    Ex Cops - True Hallucinations

    Ex Cops - True Hallucinations

    Ex Cops
    True Hallucinations
    Label: Other Music

    Blanketing fuzzed-out power-pop beneath plush harmonies, multi-layered jangle and two-ply pile-drivers, “Hallucinations,” craves scathing escape cradling patient conveyance inside stormy formulas. Reverb-laden sages blazing between infectious directness and blinding hindsight, Cops cushions breathy addresses in frothy melodic waves of corrosive cocktails. Fog-bound boppers rockin’ narcoleptic pep, these deep-shag masterminds unleash roofied Cupids pitching headstrong monologues buried in soft, glimmering stimulants. 

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    The Capsules - Northern Lights and Southern Skies

    The Capsules - Northern Lights and Southern Skies

    The Capsules
    Northern Lights and Southern Skies
    Label: Vespera

    China-doll cosmonauts dressed in intergalactic glamour propel The Capsules’ fashionable, air-brushed ballads from jet-set epilepsy to android chic. Thick, swirling synths, sizzling shotgun drums and poltergeist guitars launch tundra-crunching caravans, tweaking sleek space-pop into lofty dream-rock for enchanted vamps from cozy hostesses. Fueled by feathery dancing fantasies packed with post-romantic mechanics, “Northern,” paints New Wave caves papered in heaven-heavy luxury. 

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    She & the Sun - She & the Sun

    She & the Sun - She & the Sun

    She & the Sun
    She & the Sun
    Label: The Outlet Collective

    Whether covered in weepy, mountain-stream steel, smoldering electric guitars or sunny, tumbling mandolin an agreeable filigree lifts, “She,” in sly, beguiling heartache and eloquent benevolence. The sharp and stylish brother and sister graft laid-back jazz licks, soft-rock quips and country-folk notions onto hip, delicious pop topped in honky-tonk jaunts filled with tender resignation and sophisticated trade-offs frosted in upbeat embroidery.

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    Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

    Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

    Parquet Courts
    Light Up Gold
    Label: What's Your Rupture?

    Kinked-up and callous, PC’s barbecued ballast blasts upfront punk bristling in casual swagger. Side-swiped, hot-wired and sand-blasted; the band’s scrawny garage-rock blues produces greasy treats from shearing lyrics and lightning-bolt solos weaving tight-fisted riffs from unvarnished carnage. Abrupt cuts rustle up whiplashed balderdash within grinning six-string fingering, rolling, “Gold,” over knotty white-water subplots into brawny honesty wrapped around devilish merriment.

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    Yo La Tengo - Fade

    Yo La Tengo - Fade

    Yo La Tengo
    Fade
    Label: Matador

    Willful tranquility distills delicate treasures marked by exquisite twists, “Fade,” paves turbulent curls into placid passages, working sublime jive, old-school cool and orchestrated mayhem into remarkable art whose coiled pastorals solicit distinguished consistency within poised, buoyant synergies. Restrained masons dispensing effusive grooves, YLT’s subtle post-rock muscle flexes unquestioning messages from talented masters. The intriguing trio plays Madison’s Barrymore February 5th

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    Teni - Afrodisiac

    Teni - Afrodisiac

    Teni
    Afrodisiac
    Label: House of Mekeda

    Afro-Cuban fusions dipped in seductive percussion, midnight horns mournfully cornering soul-jazz labyrinths, “Afrodisiac,” matches soothing coos to tempting tempos for cool musical jewels swayed by reggae and bathed in highlife. Generous, spirited and softly persuasive, Teni’s Nigerian roots and London birth bridges global traditions with feminist wisdom, an earth-mother enchantress doling bold, lavish mantras through bewitching sophistication and sultry funk. 

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    Matmos - The Marriage of True Minds

    Matmos - The Marriage of True Minds

    Matmos
    The Marriage of True Minds
    Label: Thrill Jockey

    Dabbling in telepathic adaptations, Baltimore’s incorrigible explorers, Matmos troll the subconscious, plundering psychic vibrations to transform ambient phantoms into dance-friendly energies and extrasensory memories into heady, edgy treasures. The scientific misfits’ abstract extracts exact transcendental dimensions from erratic synaptic patterns, decoding psychotropic kaleidoscopes as, “Minds,” mines seamless dreamscapes from odd dichotomies and pristine visions from random snippets of mental conniptions.

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    Hayden - Us Alone

    Hayden - Us Alone

    Hayden
    Us Alone
    Label: Arts & Crafts

    Sweet downbeat feats of casual brilliance, “Alone,” unfolds subdued grooves inside jaunty melancholy; soft-spoken folk soaked in ragged truths and wheezing bar-room organ, second-hand synths, plaintive piano and understated garage-rock guitar. A laconic chronicler whose solid, waltzing promises drop despondent prophets into modest odysseys, Hayden patiently paints drowsy prowlers and unguarded martyrs; shaggy captains steering weary wagons to uncertain flirtations

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    Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside - Untamed Beast

    Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside - Untamed Beast

    Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
    Untamed Beast
    Label: Partisan Records

    Level-headed reveler and simmering torch-song singer, Ford’s batter-dipped sass and tough-chick grit melts soapbox boasts into frosted caution drawing saucy celebrations from salty bop for lip-smacking, finger-snapping, rumble-seat gumbo. Bawdy stomps and jump-start romps ignite frisky epiphanies via jive surf-guitar bards and rock-a-billy fillies while, “Beast,” courts and cavorts in cheeky discourse. Ford and company play Madison’s Majestic March 31st.

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    Autre ne Veut - Anxiety

    Autre ne Veut - Anxiety

    Autre ne Veut
    Anxiety
    Label: Software Recording Co.

    Glowing in satin passions cast over fiery falsettos, synthesized cries and gospel-washed polish, the tirelessly unrequited, “Anxiety,” wrings electro-pop pathos from fragile hearts engulfed in desire. Tangled in danger and snared by despair, AnV’s bent-knee pleads bleed acrobatic theatrics, slithering and swiveling in stirring, burning murmurs and flashy panache; tantric romance trimmed in svelte, heartfelt pelvises and flickering cybernetic rhythms.

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    Chris Stamey - Lovesick Blues

    Chris Stamey - Lovesick Blues

    Chris Stamey
    Lovesick Blues
    Label: Yep Roc

    Layered in tasteful soft-rock chamber-pop, folk-guitar harmonies and coffee-shop anecdotes, “Blues,” blooms in delicate intelligence and plain-spoken fellowship.  Revisiting reminiscences, commiserating and reconsidering, the subtly succinct Stamey’s self-reflective directness and clear-eyed lyrics form supple couplets and quaint refrains, breezing between downtrodden doubts, undissolved resolve and humbled hindsight as strings, brass and woodwinds embellish simple civil whimsy and second-time around regrets..

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