Album Reviews

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Henry Jamison Treks Across a Melancholic Soundscape in his Debut EP Tourism

Modern musical bard Henry Jamison weaves narrative with sepia-toned soundscapes in his debut EP ‘Tourism’ via Color Study. Jamison proves himself to be an evocative wordsmith in this indie folk record that features a stunning score of instruments and celebrated vocalists, including: Darlingside; Ed Droste; Fenne Lily; Joseph; and Lady Lamb. Lyrics that are most […]

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Sounds of Self-Isolation Define Das Kope’s Debut LP, Where I Live

For anyone who was concerned that the stay-at-home order would dampen the sound of summer, worry no more. The Brazil-born, LA-based musician Das Kope has been steadily releasing sunny shoegaze singles since 2018; his contributions on guitar alone are entrancing. Now we finally see the release of his debut full-length album, Where I Live, a […]

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Ambar Lucid
Ambar Lucid emerges as the burgeoning, unsilenced voice of a generation on debut “Garden of Lucid”

Dominican/Mexican-American artist Ambar Lucid has finally shared her debut album Garden of Lucid, an enchanted diary of personal triumph and strife that sees the singer/songwriter carving out her own niche. Mixing her Latin roots with an eclectic mix of genre-bending, Lucid has established herself as the burgeoning and unsilenced voice of a new generation of […]

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Lauren Ruth Ward
Release Your Quarantined Feels with Lauren Ruth Ward’s Thunderous Record ​Vol. II — LA date at Teragram Ballroom 4/29

Lauren Ruth Ward serves us ​major ​psychedelic angst with her sophomore album Vol. II, ​which dropped with a bang last Friday. After her debut album ​Well, Hell ​was consistently praised by the media and fans alike, Ward built high expectations for herself – and then double-downed on them with a killer 1970s inspired alt-rock record. Today, March 20, Bandcamp is giving […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Paul Bergmann Finds His Own ‘Paradise’ on New EP

Paul Bergmann never rests. Last winter, he put out an EP with his full band project, The Fair Moans, and the winter before that he delivered a concise, quiet release under his solo moniker. Even more records have come prior to that, and each has in some way contributed to Bergmann’s experimentation on the guitar, […]

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Premiere: O Future Drop “Control the Rain” Music Video—Celebrate New LP at School Night on Nov 25

On November 15, O Future dropped their latest album, Voyeur, and today the band reveals a music video for the dreamy single, “Control the Rain.” The duo, comprised of Katherine Mills Rymer and Jens Bjornkjaer, also once known as OOFJ, forge electronic compositions like no one else in the niche genre. O Future have composed […]

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Walk Onto Sun finds hypnotic bliss in melancholia on self-titled debut

From the opening moments of Walk Onto Sun’s self-titled debut album, a mesmerizing bleakness settles itself over the dizzying soundscapes found within. As the solo project from L.A. musician Ben Engebretson, Walk Onto Sun is no stranger to using its dark-cold wave sonics to cut into the political and social landscape of today, with their […]

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Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore Delivers a Prayer with His Latest Spirit Counsel

With an arsenal of seminal albums tucked into his belt, it’s no surprise that Thurston Moore’s latest output is nothing less than outstanding. Less of an album than a magnum opus, Spirit Counsel is as subterranean as it is sublime, consistently toeing the line between noisey rock and experimental. The content is sprawling but the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Interview: frogi Wants to Topple the Industry’s Boys’ Club With Powerful Bedroom Pop—Introvert EP is Out Now

LA’s frogi is filled with contrasts but not contradictions. The songwriter and producer recently released a bedroom pop EP titled Introvert. It is restrained and quiet, tied together with a strong motif of love, though probably not the love you’re thinking of. Her stories are nuanced and sensitive, but that is not what defines her. […]

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Stone Irr delivers a wonderful contrast of pop delight and lyrical depth with ‘Performance’

Highs and lows are felt within ‘Performance,’ the sophomore album of L.A. based — by way of Indiana — singer/songwriter Stone Irr. Much anticipated, the album, that dropped Sept. 20, is described by Irr as an exploration into the “relationship between observer and observed.” From the ghostly album artwork to the distance and echoey dreamlike […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |