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Parquet Courts

Monday, July 13, 2015 | by Dennis Brandt

I recommend Parquet Courts to everyone and anyone. Their sound wasn’t trending prior to their first LP release Light up Gold 2012. Their 2014 album, Sunbathing Animal, kicks off with “Bodies made of” with guitars resembling that of late 70’s New York punk band Television. The album courts an almost paranoid sense of fleeing somewhere on songs like, “Ducking and Dodging,” and “Always back in Town.” Max Savage’s (guitar/vocals) voice sounds frightened and even a bit tone deaf which adds to the obscure paranoid feeling I got when listening to this album the first few times.  The album as a whole though is epic and not one song seems rushed or thrown in.  If you like 1970’s New York rock, new wave and punk music, this album is a must own (and really all their released material is a must own), so give it a listen. Key Tracks: “Black and White,” “Instant Disassembly,” and “What Color is Blood.”

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Beirut

Monday, June 22, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Horns Glorious Horns!

Beirut is releasing their first album in four years in September, and has generously already gifted the world with the infectious title track, “No No No.” For those of you not familiar with Beirut, I enthusiastically encourage you to give the band a go. Not only due to the use of afore mentioned horns (I really love me some trumpet, folks…and flugelhorn, for that matter), but also for their worldly and eclectic sound. Formed in Santé Fe, New Mexico, the band pulls together a sweeping list of influences and is audibly inspired by jazz music, mariachi bands, Balkan folk tunes, etc. There’s even some glockenspiel thrown in occasionally for good measure. Listening to Beirut sometimes feels like taking your ears on a melodic tour of the world, and I happen to think that’s pretty awesome.

Check out the strangely delightful video for “No No No” below, and don’t forget to revel in that trumpet!

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SOAK

Monday, June 15, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Despite her youth, Irish songstress Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, wisely keeps away from the trendy. Guiding her sound with an airy earnestness, her 2015 debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, is a journey of simple, elegant, pretty, somber tracks, with echoes or hints of the likes of Tegan and Sara, Camera Obscura, a stripped-down Chvrches, maybe even Sharon Van Etten.

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My Morning Jacket

Monday, May 18, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Released a few weeks ago, The Waterfall is the seventh studio album from Kentucky’s own My Morning Jacket. While still in the early stages of my rigorous album-assessment process, my first impression is one of respect, both for the record’s production precision, and for the fact that, seven-albums-in, there are still moments/transitions that feel new. The semi-titular track is the early stand-out for me, but I’m also quite fond of the lead-in “Believe (Nobody Knows)” and near-album’s-end “Tropics (Erase Traces).”

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Florence + The Machine

Monday, May 4, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

“Ship to Wreck” - a third preview track from the upcoming Florence + The Machine album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful - was released a few weeks ago, and has been played innumerable times in my Spotify account ever since. Blending the haunting trills of Flo’s vocals with an almost manic dancability, I find this track slightly reminiscent of old favorite “Dog Days Are Over,” while also finding it lyrically more straightforward, less of an obscured reality, than much of her previous two albums.   

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