Album Reviews

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

‘Springtime Carnivore': Staring at the Sky

Springtime Carnivore is a solo project by Greta Morgan, AKA the pianist and vocalist of the Hush Sound and Gold Motel. Her self-titled debut album offers a lush soundscape of organic melodies and propels her into the sweet spot somewhere between the Cardigans’ Nina Persson and Lana Del Rey. Springtime Carnivore capitalizes on the expertise […]

Yelle’s ‘Complètement Fou': Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Yelle’s ‘Complètement Fou': Just What the Doctor Ordered?

Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), the Saturday Night Live-band-guitarist-turned-Top-40-God-of-Pop, signed Yelle, the French electro-pop act who debuted in 2007 with Pop-Up, to his Sony-owned label Kemosabe Records. The involvement of one certain doctor explains the predictable cache of inoffensively catchy tracks that are found on Yelle’s third long-player, Complètement Fou. As a career move, teaming up […]

Odesza: On the Up

Odesza: On the Up

Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are the Seattle-based production duo behind Odesza, a project early on racking up #1 plays from Hype Machine with tracks like “How Did I Get Here” and “IPlayYouListen”, long before their first live show together. Is it much of a surprise that their debut LP, In Return, has achieved another […]

Alvvays Is Always Going On About Love

Alvvays Is Always Going On About Love

What’s this? Oh, just another record about longing after love, and the pain of heartache from the vantage point of a twenty-something-year-old with a lot of feelings. After the single “Archie, Marry Me” made the rounds earlier this year, I was curious to hear more from the Toronto-based band Alvvays, and I accordingly awaited their […]

Eyes Half Shut: Melted Toys’ Debut LP

Eyes Half Shut: Melted Toys’ Debut LP

Floating right beneath the surface, just skimming conscious thought lies Melted Toys’ self-titled debut LP. Released earlier this summer via Underwater Peoples, Melted Toys is a record composed of submerged moods never fully articulated and that, perhaps, can’t be translated in meaning through decipherable lyrics or a clean, crisp sound, but that nevertheless speaks volumes […]

Boy Band For Adults: Miniature Tigers’ Cruel Runnings

Boy Band For Adults: Miniature Tigers’ Cruel Runnings

Four guys dressed in geek chic apparel strike various poses around a two-seat sofa for what is an awkwardly staged group photo. It’s the first time that the faces behind Brooklyn’s synth pop band Miniature Tigers have graced their album cover, and it’s an interesting change. It’s also one that begs the question: are Miniature […]

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