Considering Civil Civic has a new album release right around the corner, I’m pretty excited for whatever these guys have up their sleeves next.
The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.
Saor – Aura
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
Bones – Skinny
King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
J. Mascis – Tied to a Star
Ariana Grande – My Everything
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
Kimbra – Golden Echo
DFA 1979 returns with a likable followup to their debut full-length.
Praise to this up-and-coming band from Sweden. Their name: AHRM. They’ve got a debut, self-titled album on Bandcamp here, and it’s a barnburner. Punchy, sharp drums combined with some impassioned vocals and blaring guitars. It’s as informed by hardcore punk as it is the moodier, darker side of post-punk.
Ty Segall’s latest album is one of his most methodically assembled releases yet.
Some twisted, eerie, raw, nasty, and misbehaved post-punk coming from Iceland’s Börn. Definitely a record for those who dig their rock on the dark side of things; because this record reeks of goth rock.
The guitar chords run pretty dreary, but the vocals are sharp, wailing, and strange. Nice contrast on there, and some great punk-y grooves are running throughout these tracks, too. Enjoy!
Few musical comebacks have been as hotly anticipated as Death From Above 1979′s. A few years after the Ontario duo’s electrifying debut album dropped, they splintered and began working on other projects instead. I vividly remember being disappointed upon first hearing this news, because You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine left such a strong impression on me–and most of the independent rock world, too.
To hear that Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were getting the band back together a few months ago was exciting, and it’s tracks like “Government Trash” that make it feel like the hiatus never happened. The track’s riffs are the sonic equivalent to an adrenaline shot, and the vocals could be more on point, too!
Look for The Physical World on September 9th via Last Gang Records.
Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.
Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.
The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.
Famed songstress Jenny Lewis drops her most commercial effort yet with The Voyager.