Slipped Discs June 2020

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe

Initial Thoughts

June albums struggle with human bonding. Be it Swedish New Wavers THE SOUNDS’ sleek pleasure-seekers, “The Things We Do For Love,” posh scoff-rockers HINDS’ hopscotch taunts, “The Prettiest Curse,” or rhythmic cyber-lounge gymnast IRIS LUNE‘s fetching confessions, “lovelosslove,” the heart wants what the heart wants. Tangle with modern chronicler PHOEBE BRIDGERS’ meta-hip mind-trips, “Punisher,” or shadow-twang blues-wranglers LARKIN POE‘s leather-clad stompers, “Self-Made Man,” just remember it takes two to tango.


Disc Reviews


Gordi - Our Two Skins

Gordi - Our Two Skins

Gordi

Album title: Our Two Skins
Record Label: Jagjaguwar

Subtle, vulnerable touches climbing behind deep-feeling pop-soul weariness and aspiring folk-tronic fire, “Skins,” swim in warm embraces, nurtured by determined searching purging confidential mentions with fluid communion. Lasting passion grasping gilded lyrics, Gordi implores and restores; her vocal’s expressive faith breathing life into songs trimmed in minimal instruments restlessly coalescing into formidable storms; humanity’s poignant calamities placed beneath piqued beats.

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Sondre Lerche - Patience

Sondre Lerche - Patience

Sondre Lerche

Album title: Patience
Record Label: PLZ

Stymied irony underlines Sondre Lerche’s foppish playboy-pop; frivolous and meticulous with gorgeous chords supporting Proustian fountains cascading inner thoughts into contemporary fairy-tales; fair-weather fanfares commanding tender amends with savvy cabaret. Polite advice from timely hindsight, “Patience,” unfurls tap-dancing tempos gliding over cosmopolitan overtures as delicate shrugs, cavalier strolls and polished melancholy frolics in fashionable jaunts, respectful reflections and cooing preludes.

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BOYO - Where Have All My Friends Gone?

BOYO - Where Have All My Friends Gone?

BOYO

Album title: Where Have All My Friends Gone?
Record Label: Park The Van Records

Glossy claustrophobia convincing drifting semi-charmed harmonies to rock out to sleep-walking prophecies, “Gone,” spawns air-tight alibis served over ice-breaking aches with cool logical grooves producing drowsy pronouncements lifted in billowing micro-riffs. Steadily ascending meditations, BOYO’s lush alt-rock textures envelope hook-filled haikus flying through scissor rhythms propped in narcoleptic affection; abbreviated verses surfing unexplored shores with lazy patience and boyish buoyancy.

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Ohmme  - Fantasize Your Ghost

Ohmme - Fantasize Your Ghost

Ohmme

Album title: Fantasize Your Ghost
Record Label: Joyful Noise

Sweetly off-beat modern-rock teased in clinical wizardry, Ohmme’s staggering imaginations push measured perfection into jagged pageantry; fussy crushes crackling with electric pleasures, seductive rebuttals and nimble collisions. Tirelessly engaging, “Ghost,” glows in gleeful gambles, leveraging dolled-up feminism inside radicalized trash-talking; coy, caffeinated laughter brewing sly, funky pedal-board orgies with chrome-plated rage and unrepentant torch-song eloquence drenched in sharp, double-parked harmonics.

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Tenci - My Heart is an Open Field

Tenci - My Heart is an Open Field

Tenci

Album title: My Heart is an Open Field
Record Label: Keeled Scales

Intimate invitations addressing simple bedroom-folk apparitions, the beautifully unassuming, “Open,” offers honest confidence in wandering songs, sharing private performances coddled in sincere inquiry and hospitable synergy. Sturdy melodic purity guided by bold, intuitive curiosity, Tenci’s debut wanders into strange chamber arrangements, cozy disposable moments turned relevant and indispensable; relaxed distractions becoming catchy after-thoughts framed in anchored bass and sparkling guitar.

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Tengger - Nomad

Tengger - Nomad

Tengger

Album title: Nomad
Record Label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond

Dawn wanderers fleeing sleepy beacons, Tengger blends dimpled ripples, grazing radiance and ambient organics into trippy bliss and mesmerizing effervescence; tidal fly-bys weaving wavering vapor-trails into fondled electronics from passive satellites. Secret sequences frequenting spacey places, “Nomad,” tranquilly zig-zags in astral patterns while etherized voices and delayed fades trade glazed gazes from serene submarines lighting mental trenches with psychic sunshine.

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Final Thoughts

Dying to get away from it all? From indie-pop art-punks NANA GRIZOL‘s noble folklore, “South Somewhere Else,” to edgy messengers ROLLING BLACKOUT COASTAL FEVER‘s joy-riding jangle-bop, “Sideways to New Italy,” psychedelic multi-instrumentalist GUM‘s magic-carpet getaways, “Out In The World,” and idyllic minstrel BIBIO‘s cloud-hopping chamber-folk, “Sleep On The Wing,” June swoons in musical wanderlust. Escape into cool cruisers GUM COUNTRY‘s crunchy gumption, “Somewhere,” chase dire fire-walkers RICHES OF THE POOR‘s brave wayward laser-rock, “The Long Way Down,” and visit inquisitive orchestrator KATE NV‘s neo-classical Afrofuturism, “Make Room For The Moon.”