April 14, 2009

Mini Reviews : Part 2

Artist - An Horse
Title - Rearrange Beds
Hometown - Australia
Label - Mom + Pop
Street Date - Out Now
RIYL - Liz Phair, Sleater Kinney, Team Dresch, Rainer Maria
The Hits - Postcards, Horizons, Scared as Fuck
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Moderate to Strong
Mini Review - Aweeeeee – it’s a throwback to mid 90’s girl fronted emo minimal-ish indie rock ALA Rainer Maria or early K / Kill Rock Stars stuff. I won’t say this is for everyone but for those of you who share a weak spot for post hardcore lead by a lady, then I bet you will like these songs too.

Artist - Iran
Title - Dissolver
Hometown - NYC
Label - Narnack
Street Date - Now
RIYL - TV On The Radio,
The Hits - I Can See the Future
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Moderate
Mini Review -This is their third full length and is probably best known for being an off shoot of TV on the Radio as this NYC three piece includes Kyp Malone but truthfully that is about the most exciting thing I can say about the record. This once lo-fi experimental band has stepped up to the sonic plate in addition to writing more focused songs but somehow in this growing process they lost the edge that drew me to them in the first place. I am however super stoked on the Black Metal movie that Iran's member Aaron is working on. http://www.blackmetalmovie.com/

Artist - Balky Mule
Title - The Length of the Rail
Hometown - UK
Label - Fatcat
Street Date - Now
RIYL - Knowing where Syd Barret lives
The Hits - Wireless, Chalk, Range, Illuminated Numbers, Paper Crane
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Strong
Mini Review -Wow – it took 8 years for Sam Jones of Flying Saucer Attack / Third Eye Foundation to release a new record and it is worth the wait, assuming you like the vocal stylings of Syd Barrett, TVP, or Ray Davies. It also carries the charm and clumsiness of Pavement but placed within a more electronic setting. Occasionally far out folk, all in all this is a perfectly imperfect GREAT record.

Artist - Fever Ray
Title - S/T
Hometown - Sweden
Label - Mute
Street Date - Now
RIYL - The Knife, Kate Bush, Bats for Lashes
The Hits - This record requires a full listen and shouldn't be broken down into parts.
Richter Magnitude Rating Scale - Strong
Mini Review: Important to note : this is the debut solo release by Karin Drejer Andersson who is one half of the The Knife. We have her in a more stripped down atmosphere with brooding stark 80’s industrial dance beats and lyrics focusing on every day things.

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