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Quick Take: Hussalonia: Nefarico Jingles

14 Nov 2012 · 1 Comment

The backstory (since you probably weren’t paying attention): Hussalonia is basically one dude writing, performing, recording, and releasing willfully eclectic music; he’s been at it for a while and he’s gotten really good at all aspects of it. 2010 started as the “Year of Hussalonia” with a new album/EP every month, including lotsa awesome [...]

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Tags: 2012 · alphabetical · experimental · folk · h · indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · quick take · self-released

quick take : mixtapes : hope is for people

25 Jun 2011 · No Comments

Holy crap, I haven’t written about Mixtapes before? Really!? I have literally listened to this band more than any other artist this year.
Mixtapes live in a weird intersection between well-produced pop-punk and lo-fi indie pop. On the one hand they have a fatter drum sound than I expect from low-budget indies; on the other, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · indie pop · indie rock · m · pop-punk · power pop · quick take · self-released · song obsession

quick take : lemuria/cheap girls : split single

24 Jun 2011 · No Comments

On the A-side, Lemuria offer two more examples of the smart, catchy, indie rock that’s made Pebble one of my most-played albums of the year so far. I expected their side to be swell, and it delivers. But the revelation here for me is Cheap Girls’ “Pure Hate.” I’m not quite sure what “And I/Keep [...]

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Tags: 2011 · c · indie pop · indie rock · l · no idea · power pop · punk · quick take

quick take : if by yes : salt on sea glass

12 May 2011 · No Comments

Hard to slot this into a specific genre, it’s not very “rock” (not in the least “rawk”), largely (but not exclusively electronic). It’s the sort of record in which choices of “which instrument voices this part” seem driven more by sonic coloration than by personnel. There’s a lot going on if you pay close attention [...]

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Tags: 2011 · chimera · dream pop · electropop · experimental · i · indie pop · quick take

quick take : craft spells : idle labor

03 May 2011 · No Comments

New Order would decidely have struck me as a useful point of reference for Idle Labor even if the cover art didn’t recall Power, Corruption & Lies. As it is, I’m wondering if they want to get threatening letters from some lawyer. Craft Spells’ flowers are less gloomy, of course, and so is their music. [...]

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Tags: 2011 · c · captured tracks · indie pop · lo-fi · new wave · post-punk · quick take

quick take : little scream : the golden record

29 Apr 2011 · No Comments

When I heard “The Heron and the Fox,” it knocked me out. In that subtly arranged song, lovely finger-picked guitar and an extraordinary vocal performance from Little Scream leader Laurel Sprengelmeyer (delicate to the point of fragiliy, with unusual phrasing) unite to deliver a narrative that’s intriguing but ultimately obscure. It’s probably the strongest composition, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · acoustic · indie pop · indie rock · l · quick take · secretly canadian

quick take : the long tangles : silver city

29 Apr 2011 · No Comments

The Long Tangles have coined a term to encompass the many husband and wife indie pop/rock outfits: matrimony rock. Their take puts wife Courtney Han’s vocals and the keys (piano, specifically, on many tunes) way out front. I find it quite pleasant, if a little unassuming (a lot less thorny than, say, Quasi). Hans’ voice [...]

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Tags: 2011 · indie pop · l · quick take · self-released

heads up! the stairs

27 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Ryan Walsh, leader of the much-beloved-’round-here Hallelujah the Hills, used to be in a band called The Stairs, who released a pair of albums and some odds-and-ends. Looking at ‘em with hindsight, The Stairs recordings seem like a bit of an exploratory/learning/growing experience, with Walsh and crew figuring out their songwriting and performing strengths, and [...]

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Tags: indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · s · self-released

quick take : la sera : la sera

27 Apr 2011 · No Comments

La Sera is helmed by Vivian Girls bassist/vocalist Katy Goodman, which both is and isn’t relevant — on one hand both acts share a solid pop foundation and a distinctly retro quality to the writing (I had to check the credits to be sure none of these songs weren’t obscure 50’s/60’s chestnuts). But on the [...]

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Tags: 2011 · hardly art · indie pop · l · quick take

quick take : holden : l’essentiel

13 Apr 2011 · 1 Comment

The confusingly named L’essentiel is split into two halves: “Champ” (field) is 14 tracks culled (and remastered) from Holden’s previous releases; “Hors-Champ” (off-screen) is another 14 previously unreleased tracks. I suspect some, like a cover of The Smiths’ “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side,” were left off earlier albums because they simply didn’t [...]

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Tags: 2011 · dream pop · electro-acoustic · experimental · h · indie pop · quick take · watusa