Now then: Confidence Man. It's a sound somewhere between the synth- and cowbell-driven electro-punk abandon of early LCD Soundsystem and Le Tigre, elevated by a sense of Beck's genre-remixing spirit and Hot Chip's knack for a hook, drenched in the sweet psych glaze of Jagwar Ma. Let's not fuck about, there's no time for that now. This four-piece from down under didn't come here to be analysed, they didn't come here to get heavy - they came here to...Read more
At surface level, Kyle Thomas' own thoughts about his new album have hinted to hint at a massive reinvention of his sound, a complete 180 to the beer-spilling, eccentric garage rock he so happily fuelled on previous LP 'Black Moon Spell'. And to an extent, he's right. 'The Other' provides a more expansive and atmospheric landscape that lends itself to various genres and moods - the use of organs, for one, is the most striking, as well as a more ambient...Read more
At 3:32 of Pinned's anthemic opening track, "Never Coming Back," a single guitar tone with the deceptive appearance of an army decimating any enemy within its radius of destruction ties A Place to Bury Strangers' past to its present. After four studio albums and numerous EPs, Pinned showcases A Place to Bury Strangers' latest, and most solid, iteration of a band that specializes in creating sonics that cut through the bone and straight to the marrow,...Read more
The joke behind The Straight Hits! -- an album consisting of ten songs with some conjugation of "straight" in their title -- is that Josh T. Pearson isn't quite playing it straight here. After plumbing a dark night of the soul on 2011's Last of the Country Gentlemen, Pearson decided it was time to throw a curve ball by writing songs that were "to the point." So he tightened up his songcraft, then revved up a backing band, getting them to tear up a...Read more
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