Slipped Discs September 2021

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Amyl and the Sniffers - photo by Jamie Wdziekonski

Amyl and the Sniffers - photo by Jamie Wdziekonski

Initial Thoughts

Positive thoughts prop September albums. Welcome blunderbuss punks AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS’ buckshot body-politics, “Comfort to Me,” embrace cyber-Svengali OCOEUR’s scorched terraformed storms, “Connections,” and open psyche-pop daydreamers BERRY’s narcotic, “Vault of Light.” Join intrepid sound-connector SCHOOL OF X’s stratospheric ear-candy, “Dancing Through the Void,” or stick with deadpan psycho-sexual phantoms BLUE LICK’s hallucinatory, “Hold On Hold Fast.” before visiting British indie-rock stalwarts THE BEVIS FROND’s literate grit, “Little Eden.”


Disc Reviews


Smoke Bellow - Open for Business

Smoke Bellow - Open for Business

Smoke Bellow

Album title: Open for Business
Record Label: Trouble In Mind

Ticklish rhythms cut snug rugs hugging upbeat breakdowns as Smoke Bellow’s curious schematic attitudes box, grok and clock art-rock concoctions into disembodied toggle-pop dodging jagged patterns from rickety riffs with robotic bossa nova, hiccup funk and polished goth. Microwaved tropics romp on velvet conveyor-belts as, “Open,” stokes synthesized precision in frazzled apathy, hypnotic epoxy soldering eerie fearlessness to buoyant clairvoyance. 

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Future Crib - Full Time Smile

Future Crib - Full Time Smile

Future Crib

Album title: Full Time Smile
Record Label: self-release

Mellow pedestrian contentment informs the mega-pleasant, “Smile,” with miles accrued through lo-fi drive leaping into groovy boogaloo and folk-pop lobs sweetened in home-grown innovation. Cordial primordial congeniality, Future Crib ride gnarly waves and crash on welcome shores, fireside vocals whispering into the dark and howling at the moon commune in wry tunes where affable majesty shifts from benevolent to eccentric.

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Christopher Paul Stelling - Forgiving It All

Christopher Paul Stelling - Forgiving It All

Christopher Paul Stelling

Album title: Forgiving It All
Record Label: self-release

Magically fathomable, fashionable acoustic-roots narrator, Christopher Paul Stelling’s earnest pearls strung on sincere endearments connect common threads with gratitude, perspective, insight and wisdom. Progressive fretwork begets whimsical finger and wrist pirouettes accompanying articulate fidgeting within counterpoint tournaments, filling, “Forgiving,” with responding reprises hiding low-flying surprises, folk chord cornucopias poured over lightning runs and self-censored confessions, quicksilver trills savoring tasty appraisals.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks - Enjoy The View

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Enjoy The View

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Album title: Enjoy The View
Record Label: Big Scary Monsters

Heart-wrenching Zen bending grand rock melancholy into life-affirming whirlwinds, “View,” holds tenderness inside a tempest; subsiding, colliding and confiding in plaintive refrains hanging onto dear life among tremolo-soaked guitars and sine-wave synths. Flushed in muscular bluster and raging in heavenly embraces, WWPJ’s intimate vigilance rushes from apologetic to hyper-kinetic, rescued crooners swinging hard with out-stretched hand anthems underwriting clenched-fist grooves.

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Public Broadcasting Service - Bright Magic

Public Broadcasting Service - Bright Magic

Public Broadcasting Service

Album title: Bright Magic
Record Label: PIAS

Berlin floats over Public Broadcasting Service’s immaculate synth-washed vacuums hermetically etched in Krautrock beats sealed in vaporous liaisons; an electronic posse traveling from celestial epiphanies to cinematic discotheques with poised metropolitan envoys deploying utopian dopamine. Monumental temples worshiping circuitry while encrypting culture, “Bright,” celebrates technology and ingenuity with classical splashes and Olympian synergy exhibiting intricate symmetry smoldering below glow-stick symphonies.

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Heartless Bastards - A Beautiful Life

Heartless Bastards - A Beautiful Life

Heartless Bastards

Album title: A Beautiful Life
Record Label: Sweet Unknown Records

Impatient consolation teetering between giddy swimming against the tide and gliding mildly over obstacles, “Beautiful,” offers empathetic medicine prescribing philosophical resolve wrapped in accomplished melodic pop. Impish invites running scenic sprints around log-cabin cabaret, Heartless Bastards’ joie de vivre gleans wonderful sunset descents touched by mystic indie-rock, lush ballroom ballads, and hot-wired Americana. HB play Madison’s Majestic Theater September 23rd.

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Final Thoughts

Whether elliptical hipsters BUFFALO DAUGHTER’s off-beat mind-sweeps, “We Are the Times,” earworm wordsmith ADA LEA’s streetlamp vamps, “one hand on the steering wheel and the other sewing a garden,” or trip-hop mixologists SAINT ETIENNE’s ultra-sultry reality-check, “I’ve Been Trying to Tell You,” autumn albums are pro-active. Engage submarine mood-harpooners SUUNS’ ever-observant espionage, “The Witness,” hang with smarmy charmer COLLEEN GREEN’s 100-watt wit, “Cool,” and compete between pastel-pop rhythmists MINI TREES’ lovestruck cartwheels, “Always in Motion,” digi-dreamboats COLD BEAT’s aggregated synth-rock nostalgia, “War Garden,” and smiling stylists CONDITIONER’s suave flirtatious, “Conditioner.”