"I'm telling my own fortune, something I cannot escape," offers Julien Baker on 'Hardline', the opening track on her expansive third studio album; a step away from the acoustic led singer-songwriter affair of her first two outings. Her words perfectly establish what's to follow across the record's twelve tracks, songs that continue to make often self-deprecating observations about herself and others that feel as vital as they are inescapable. Julien...Read more
One of the finest rock bands ever, getting their stage legs back before a small audience in a club, ahead of an era-defining arena tour -- what a glorious thing. After releasing the acclaimed and influential Ragged Glory in the fall of 1990, Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro hunkered down together onto the small stage of the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz and casually blew everyone in attendance away. Captured here...Read more
As A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O'Halloran have built up a reputation over the last decade for operating in steadfastly ambient realms. New album Invisible Cities is their score to the multimedia theatre production of the same name directed by video designer Leo Warner (which itself is based on Italo Calvino's 1972 novel). The album broadly retains their defining stylistic principles, although there's maybe a little toning...Read more
Taking its title from a theory stating that the boundaries of Europe's cities have blurred to form a single megapolis, ‘Banane Bleue’ draws on many layers of engagement. The connection with places is particularly vivid, influenced by Fràncois living in multiple cities during the writing of the record. The notion of travelling within a location for example is evoked on the Ultravox-esque 'Dans Un Taxi', while the "city made of books" and...Read more
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