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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2014
    Jack Name - Light Show

    Jack Name - Light Show

    Jack Name
    Light Show
    Label: Drag City

    Trembling gremlin-penned space-rock, JN’s wild-eyed sci-fi reroutes ghoulish studio-brewed moods into eerie psycho-pop miracles. Wavy graveyard raves from lurching punk dervishes, “Light,” splices uninhabited narratives to thick manipulated carriages loaded among sinister lo-fi miniatures ablaze in freak-fest synergy. An abrasive séance reviving marvelous carcasses, Jack’s crashing imagination spins in loony-bin whimsy tainted with skulking multi-tracked fragments rebooted for nuclear derision.

    Jack Name Website

    Fox and the Bird - Darkest Hours

    Fox and the Bird - Darkest Hours

    Fox and the Bird
    Darkest Hours
    Label: (self-release)

    Humble tumbleweed homilies roasted in toasty campfire harmonies, cantering banjo banter, well-placed brass and slithering fiddle, “Darkest,” parlays a cozy homage to downtrodden commoners with robust busking cloaked in chamber-folk charm. Sorting through lonesome stories, cavorting in kind-hearted tales, FATB’s punchy, frontier fables resonate in tender remembrances, sage advice and friendly encouragements with a light touch and a steady hand.

    Fox and the Bird WebsiteFox and the Bird Facebook

    Abram Shook - Sun Marquee

    Abram Shook - Sun Marquee

    Abram Shook
    Sun Marquee
    Label: Western Vinyl

    Energetic effervescence slyly glides between plush head-rush constructions and springy shimmering sprints; Shook cooks caressing messages in bright, bubbling wonder through smart, tropical-flavored pop stirred with breezy ingenuity and drizzled in jazz-twisted pivoting. Basking in heavenly blends of stop-watch bop and elastic deep-shag ballads, Marquee,” brilliantly teases, pleases then releases, swaying in playful ricochet daydreams packed with sweet, sparkling delights.

    Abram Shook WebsiteAbram Shook Facebook

    I Break Horses - Chiaroscuro

    I Break Horses - Chiaroscuro

    I Break Horses
    Chiaroscuro
    Label: Bella Union

    Crawling hydraulics stalk elusive muses through synthesized solace and polished melancholy, “Chiaroscuro,” rises over alien landscapes littered in luminous sonic blooms punctuated by solemn calm, digitally clinical precision and chattering strobe-light magnificence. Remote ghosts hovering over mechanical planets, Sweden’s IBH pours air-borne artifice over post-industrial puzzles, gelling and propelling its shady trip-hop equations into billowing silhouettes chilled in majestic confections.

    I Break Horses WebsiteI Break Horses FacebookI Break Horses Wiki

    Lanterns on the Lake - Until the Colours Run

    Lanterns on the Lake - Until the Colours Run

    Lanterns on the Lake
    Until the Colours Run
    Label: Bella Union

    Nurturing compassions by corralling musical stallions, LOTL’s faraway gaze and galloping parades penetrate glacial fates, bursting with nervous purpose while flickering in wilting heartache and whispering sympathy. Illustrious production fuels open disclosure painting, “Colours,” with restless restraint and bewitching mystery; absorbing storms rewarding held-fast beliefs with triumph and respite, carving harboring sanctuaries from melodramatic surrender, celluloid glories and smoldering emotion.

    Lanterns on the Lake WebsiteLanterns on the Lake FacebookLanterns on the Lake Wiki

    Marram - Sun Choir

    Marram - Sun Choir

    Marram
    Sun Choir
    Label: Transgressive North

    Twittering symphonies mounting boundless joy-filled choirs, “Sun,” undulates, consecrates and inundates, racing from supple to combustible for electric art-pop epics whose swooping grooves and fevered sweeps collapse hyperactive mash-ups drawing urgent brass-addled mergers into cyber-primed surges. Six years recording two hundred instruments from three continents, Marram crafts massive masterpieces stitching clattering climaxes from imported orchestras, star-studded vocalists and impish rhythms.

    Marram WebsiteMarram Facebook

    New Bums - Voices In A Rented Room

    New Bums - Voices In A Rented Room

    New Bums
    Voices In A Rented Room
    Label: Drag City

    A well-massaged barrage from time-tripping minstrels baptize proto-folk notions drifting in fancy meandering tangents; “Rented,” channels dueling acoustic blues through unfolding doldrums, tangled jangle and subtle Spanish trances. San Francisco’s NB quietly pilots sad, casual mind-benders through intricate kismet as languid macramé precision meets slow to mid-tempo mementos, drizzling weary, wilted heartache among sharp, smart guitars and drowsy still-water harmonies.

    New Bums Website

    Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

    Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

    Neneh Cherry
    Blank Project
    Label: Smalltown Supersound

    Teaming up with Four Tet and Rocketnumbernine, sultry counter-culture suffragette Cherry weaves a stream-lined feline beat-street suite around mechanical-animal minimalism. Plain-spoken emotions splintering in forth-right insights and commanding semantics, the free-style rapper’s restless messages become prowling scowls caging unadulterated conveyances. Sparring in jarring techno-funky adventures, “Blank,” maintains an unwavering flame of jazz-punk jive; tough, gutsy hustles peppered in teasing clichés.

    Neneh Cherry WebsiteNeneh Cherry FacebookNeneh Cherry Wiki

    Cymbals - Age of Fracture

    Cymbals - Age of Fracture

    Cymbals
    Age of Fracture
    Label: Tough Love

    Brisk, posh, pick-pocket dance-rock spray-painted in pop-laden brain-candy, “Fracture,” gleefully manufactures giddy clubhouse bounce among shuffling bundles of cyber-jungle pounces. Flirting in perky serpentine pantomime and slurping from elastic ghost-rattled carafes of synth-rinsed glibness, Cymbals’ nimble hall of mirror lyrics slither around fidgety rhythms for half-laughing passions collapsing in fashionable traps; cosmopolitan monsters dressed in ballroom logic and post-modern panache.

    Cymbals WebsiteCymbals Facebook

    Lost in the Trees - Past Life

    Lost in the Trees - Past Life

    Lost in the Trees
    Past Life
    Label: Anti-

    Translating deeply personal soul-searching into universal yearning, LITT’s sparkling narcolepsy dances beneath shimmering electro-rock canopies; placid packages wrapped in dire desires, secret allegiance and graceful favors whose luminous loneliness circles broken hopes, stirring simmering images from carpeted martyrs. An unraveling labyrinth, “Past,” maps earnest journeys through uncertain currents, navigating gilded will with glowing vocals and solemn involvement through intimate instruments.

    Lost in the Trees WebsiteLost in the Trees FacebookLost in the Trees Wiki

    Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    Angel Olsen
    Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    Label: Jagjaguwar

    Bruised crooning draped around unfettered coffee-shop garage-rock, “Burn,” churns and spurns with a raw, jagged backdrop of unvarnished electricity surging through crackling guitars and curdling words; unapologetic suggestions lapping brimstone ballads as haunted hearts feast beneath quivering lips and furrowed brows. Poised between salvaged salvation and tenuous redemption Olsen’s dreamy bohemian turns warrior-poet, courting sandpaper rampages and hypnotic rag-doll revenge. Angel plays Madison’s Revelry Fest May 3rd.

    Angel Olsen WebsiteAngel Olsen Facebook

    Fanfarlo - Let’s Go Extinct

    Fanfarlo - Let’s Go Extinct

    Fanfarlo
    Let’s Go Extinct
    Label: Blue Horizon

    An orchestral collection bridging melodic-pop odysseys and blue-eyed space-age soul, Fanfarlo’s gloriously cordial morsels dissolve in sugar-coated opuses dipped in bittersweet majesty. A merciful circus rich in handsome anthems, debonair fanfares and suave hurrahs, “Extinct,” unflinchingly mixes tender indulgences tumbling from charismatic waxing against muscular pulses racing in sumptuous runs. The London-based quartet plays Madison’s High Noon Saloon April 8th.

    Fanfarlo WebsiteFanfarlo FacebookFanfarlo Wiki

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