CD Reviews


Dale Watson - The Truckin' Sessions

Dale Watson is one of those singers that is identifiable from the moment you first hear him sing. His music is for that audience that feels that Country Music has changed. In fact, if you were to ask Watson, he doesn't even label himself as a "Country" performer anymore. Rather, he calls the style of music he does "Ameripolitan." For his current project, Watson has assembled two of his previous discs -The Truckin...

Loumar – Avril EP

French producer Loumar has mished and mashed a whole bunch of electronic genres together to make a superb EP. The secret ingredient? Love. For many of us, the first artists that come to mind when French electronic music is mentioned are heavyweights like Daft Punk, Justice, or artists on the Ed Banger label – creators of sample-heavy, funky, dancefloor-ready music. This kind of music is where the name Loumar has so...

Grime Kings – Honeymooning

Grime Kings remind us of our edgier past lives. Photograph courtesy of Ottawa Wig Emporium and Ming Wu, apparently. Fancy a honeymoon to the cemetery for a beautiful living funeral? There’s the sense that we are farewelling a group of musicians who’s sound evokes a life that was fulfilling and yet equality brutal. Don’t worry this isn’t a literal funeral, no one died, so don’t waste your time crying over nothing.

John Hiatt - Terms Of My Surrender

Question - What do Kenny Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Paula Abdul, and B.B. King have in common? The answer is they have each recorded a song from the ever-flowing well of John Hiatt. The Indiana native's talent has touched many over the years - as both a tunesmith and as a performer. Hiatt returns with a new album that is sure to leave his fan base satisfied, and could also serve as an introduction as to...

The KVB – Out Of Body

Boy-girl duo The KVB like lurking in the dark corners of London shoegaze. But, they’ve recently escaped the smoggy city and ventured into the damper Berlin backstreets to summon the forces of an even darker haze. Goth couple Nicholas Wood and Kat Day describe themselves more as an audio-visual project than a band. Basically it’s because they like inducing hallucinatory states by mixing their spaced out sound with pixel-infested videos. Go to their gigs or watch...

Carissa Leigh - The Blackbird EP

Spend any amount of time with newcomer Carissa Leigh, and you will come away enchanted with her playful personality, stunning good looks - and her vocal talent. The Canadian has been making waves as of late with her seductive single "Bad Boy," which definitely alludes to that playful side. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg to this woman's amazing charisma and vocal talent. The rest of this EP - recorded at John...

DIIV- Oshin

No, it’s not what you’re thinking: DIIV actually isn’t a new Sydney producer with an aptly electronic sounding name. In fact, DIIV are a wildly indie American four-piece. The band released their debut album Oshin in 2012 and have been touring all over the place since then. They seem to be following in the footsteps or even alongside bands like Best Coast or Beach Fossils. In fact, DIIV’s bass also toured in Beach Fossils. Nice.

0point1 – Clean Dirt

New ambient electronic music from 0point1 is so fresh. Definitely worth a play, or two, on repeat, all day, everyday, for the rest of your life. Melbourne-based artist Bob Streckfuss is gaining traction with his ability to meld nature and technology into a synergistic whole, like the Captain Planet of music production. Under the guise of 0point1 he has released several impressive pieces in the past, and now June has unearthed his ...

Indi – One Half of Doprah

Hey so sometimes we’re a little slow off the mark. Given how much music there is we can be forgiven, but what’s almost inexplicable is that the ethereal, sweet, quixotic, New Zealander Indi had not been brought to out attention until today. In preparing for this review, there were several times where I listened to this musician in my car. This, I am reasonably sure, constitutes driving under the influence. Hushed drones, light ethereal touches, and slow...

The Pfeiffer Twins - Nobody's Puppet

Wow. I don't know if I have ever started a review off with simply one word before. However, in the case of the Pfeiffer Twins, it applies. I will forewarn you. This is one of those reviews where I gush. There's no flaws about this record. The vocals, the writing, the instrumentation - it's all 'through the roof' good - whatever that means. Comprised of sisters Lindsay and Carrie, this album is chock-full of air tight harmonies...

Sunglow – Nothing Doing

There’s nothing like quite sunshine to get those sagging spirits bloomin’ again. If you agree, then come bathe in some warm amber Sunglow. Daniel Lynch is an artist from Savannah, Georgia, who makes experimental electronic music. Daniel’s musical voyage began when he started dabbling in percussion which he confesses to be his primary love, at the tender age of nine. Besides fooling around with amateur computer software, he ...

Robby Hecht - Self Titled

Sometimes, the words don't flow for me as easily as you might think. I've been doing this in one form or another for close to twenty-five years, and some albums are a little easier to describe than others. That being said, I've actually sat on this one for a little bit. I don't think things have to be put in a 4+4 box to be relatable, but it just kind of stumped me musically. Or, maybe I just wasn't ready to fully listen something that...

Rick Galloway - Head of the Line

While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With Maryland based Rick Galloway’s latest musical offering “Head of the Line” it’s clear to me he has surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release. Galloway’s music is a homespun blend of roots rock, Americana and soul brings you back. Rick was born in...

Glass Skies – Lemonade

What do you get when you combine the sounds of Queens Of The Stone Age with Lime Cordiale? Why, just ask Glass Skies. If you wanted to re-visit the groovy 60’s without leaving the comfort of our modern day naughties technology, my suggestion would be to drop acid, have sex with many strangers and talk about peace. Failing that, you could always listen to Glass Skies, which will take you some of the way there. The band is a 7-piece hailing from Radelaide and are fine...

Marianne Allison - Till It Breaks My Heart

Based in Mississippi, Marianne Allison turned a lot of ears and heads earlier this year with the release of "Till It Breaks My Heart." Reminiscent of what Norah Jones might have sounded like as a traditional based female vocalist in the 1980s. The song showcased a very powerful and moody vocal, and garnered the songstress some well-deserved attention. Now, with a full album, there is evidence that there...
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