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Date Palms ‘Honey Devash’ LP

Two tracks of sublime instrumental ambient, each taking up a record side. Soulful, forbidding ragas of modernist landscaping. Just enough primitive zoning to keep it from feeling electronic but no dismissable guitar noodling to wreck the space either. On reflection, … Continue reading

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Our Broken Garden ‘The Golden Sea’ LP

I heard a snatch of ‘Seven Wild Horses’ and a couple other things and thought this would be worth picking up. Was dismayed to learn that the video version of the song was different than the LP version. But still, … Continue reading

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Best Coast ‘Crazy For You’ LP

I should know better. But when I heard this band mentioned in the same breath as certain other bands and saw tie-ins with that hipster clothing store, I dismissed. The old thing about not being able to like a band … Continue reading

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TROUM ‘Eald-Ge-Stréon’ 2xLP

Troum has made some great records, I have yet to be disappointed with anything I’ve heard. But this is miles ahead, a progression I didn’t expect. We would have been perfectly happy with more dreamy, coalescing drones, but for raw, … Continue reading

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NED OLDHAM ‘Let’s Go Out Tonight’ 7″

For those who don’t know but wondered; yes, they are related. Afficianados will know this from their various collaborations. And Ned is right in there with that, perhaps less fragile and shambolic than Will, playing just percent more traditional folk. … Continue reading

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MONSTER RALLY ‘Coral’ LP

I’ve been a sucker for cut-up, recontextualized found sounds since first hearing People Like Us way back when. But Monster Rally relies more on chintzy music than media, so it’s all imbued with a more musical sensibility. Exotica out of … Continue reading

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STEVE GUNN ‘Sundown’ LP

I’m not sure how I found out about Steve Gunn. I think I was looking up another artist and found a video of an amazing piece of guitar that precipitated one of those frenzied searches I get into. In any … Continue reading

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LANDING ‘Gravitational IV’ LP

What a great find. I get the urge to name-drop Experimental Aircraft, Slowdive and even Troum and realize it’s a little lazy. Their sound may be in those universes, but repeated listens make it obvious that Landing is doing their … Continue reading

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FEAR FALLS BURNING ‘I’m One Of Those Monsters Numb With Grace’ LP

Each side is it’s own epic, pondering hammerfall of dark guitar drone, layered with glacial-pace rhythm, stretching out into infinity. In the same universe as Nadja, Jesu and Year of No Light. Perhaps what White Hills would do if they … Continue reading

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ILYAS AHMED
Between Two Skies/Towards The Night 2xLP

toyousoonsilencethehigh I’ve been trying to figure out how to review this album for a couple days now. Acoustic guitar, layered together, some layers melodic, others rambling and disjointed, but still elegant. Vocals are used as an instrument as well; no … Continue reading

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