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No Honeymoon: I wanna see everything (Ep, 2015)

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El combo de Brooklyn No Honeymoon presenta su Ep de debut, un disco con el que intentan “hacer un puñado de temas que suenen bien”, en sus propias palabras. Ciertamente, su Noise-Gaze tiene un cierto grado de encanto en cortes como Halo, que los presenta. Aunque si bien es cierto que este tono decrece algo en sus últimos minutos, el Ep tiene rasgos de verdadero interés.

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10 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | No Honeymoon | Deja un comentario

Engineers: Always returning (Kscope, 2014)

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Tras un sinfín de salidas, entradas y movimientos varios en su formación original, Engineers se presentaron en 2014 de alguna manera “humanizando” su sonido, haciéndolo algo más accesible y apartándolo algo de su tonalidad pulcra de tiempos iniciales.
Sus diez cortes están a la altura de un buen album en el que se mezclan Dream-Gaze, Psicodelia, Shoegaze e incluso Electrónica y sintetizadores. Interesante…

“When we last heard from British dream pop band Engineers, they had morphed into a sort of 2.0 phase with founding members Dan McBean and Andrew Sweeney leaving the band and renowned German musician/producer Ulrich Schnauss along with Daniel Land and Matthew Linley joining. The new members’ influence was evident, especially Schnauss‘, whose own dreamy shoegaze and warm electronica have made him a critical favorite since the late-’90s. The new lineup’s first effort, 2010’s In Praise of More, was hailed as an impressive turning point for the band, though the creative upheavals and personnel jostling would continue over the next few years. With the departure of original member and singer Simon Phipps, Engineers are now under the command of remaining founder multi-instrumentalist Mark Peters with Schnauss and Linley rounding out the trio. This streamlining of visions may have been the best thing to happen to them, as 2014’s Always Returning is Engineers‘ most realized and engaging record yet. The production is lush yet concise with a tight, organic interplay between Peters‘ bass and Linley‘s drumming. Schnauss‘ heady, swirling stamp washes throughout the ten songs, which take the best elements from dream pop and orchestrated electronica, and bits of vintage prog and psychedelia. Always Returning is largely Peters‘ opus, with the other members’ contributions arriving after he had already recorded the bulk of the songs at home. Still, this was no e-mailed Internet collaboration. A distinctly analog approach was taken from the start, with plenty of vintage recording gear, ’70s processors and synths, and live bass and drums giving the songs a detailed richness not heard on previous releases. This warmth is reflected on the two opening tracks, the lovely and hypnotic “Bless the Painter” and the gorgeous lead single “Fight or Flight,” whose woozy, melodic throb both enchants and soothes. There is even something of a soulful air on songs like the lovely ballad “Smiling Back,” which channels mid-’70s Pink Floyd in its laid-back David Gilmourgentleness. Always Returning is altogether more languid and contemplative than the band’s previous work, and Peters‘ hushed vocals skip and bob along the surface in classic, nearly inaudible shoegaze ambiguity. It’s all part of the mystery of this well-crafted album, which was made with love and intention by seasoned artists who have landed on a combination that truly works” (All Music)

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9 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Engineers | Deja un comentario

The Vines: Wicked Nature (Wicked Nature Music, 2014)

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Tras un considerable paréntesis de cuatro años en los que a Craig Nicholls le ha dado tiempo a tomar las riendas y el control creativo de toda la banda, The Vines, que se reforman de nuevo como trío, vuelven a recaer en los vicios y virtudes de sus anteriores trabajos: si quieres encontrar el espíritu y la música de comienzos de los noventa reencarnados en Nirvana, éste es tu disco. 
Wicked Nature es el sexto trabajo de estudio de los chicos del australiano Craig: guitarrazos a todo trapo, nihilismo latente durante los veintidos cortes, medios tiempos (que no ayudan demasiado a la digestión general del álbum) y, en fin, más o menos todos los elementos característicos de The Vines.

“Usually, a double album signals one of two things: it’s either an artist’s ambitious magnum opus or the height of indulgence. In the Vines‘ case, it is neither. Wicked Nature sprawls over the course of two LPs but it plays as if the band just jammed two standard-issue Vines albums together — which is kind of true, as the two LPs were recorded at different times with different engineers, completing the second record as the first was being mixed. Neither album on Wicked Nature sounds like they come from a different session but neither sounds incoherent, either. All 22 songs here sound cut from the same cloth as all the Vines‘ other five studio albums, the one constant in them all being leader Craig Nicholls‘ undying love for cleaning up Nirvana‘s grunge. He spikes this with a little bit of the ’60s, ranging from garage stomps to candied psychedelic swirls, an influence that has become more prominent as the years roll on, but at the root of everything is Nicholls‘ worship of Kurt Cobain, which surfaces via his yowl and recycling of the minor chords from “About a Girl.” He’s doing this about as well as he ever has — he has highs, he has some lows, but spends most of his time somewhere in between — largely because he’s doing it the same he always has. No matter the lineup, no matter the year, Nicholls puts the sounds of 1993 through the prism of 2003″ (All Music)

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8 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | The Vines | Deja un comentario

Be Brave Benjamin: Mr.Precarius (Discos de Kirlian, 2015)

“Be  Brave Benjamin es el proyecto del galés Benjamin Palmer que junto a unos amigos de aquí y de allá ha grabado, para Discos de Kirlian y Mamacita Music, su segundo largo “Mr. Precarious”.
Desconocido para el gran público y para un servidor no podría definir a Mr. Palmer -en alusión al título del disco- como un músico precario precisamente. Todo lo contrario, el galés es un tipo peculiar. Sentimentalmente herido por las huellas de la vida su misantropía se releva naïf, incluso divertida. Sus desencuentros amorosos, las decepciones vitales, tienen intenciones vitriólicas pero como el hombre que quiere ser malicioso y que sabe(s) que jamás lo conseguirá por mucho que se empeñe -¡La bondad del ser humano a pesar de todo!-, Benjamin brilla por reflexiones, preguntas, que todos nos acabamos haciendo en un momento u otro de nuestra existencia.
Pequeñas cuestiones, mensajes, envueltos en música sencilla y resplandeciente. Se escuchan harmónicas, alguna trompeta, teclados, escasos toques de guitarra. Todos son detalles, apuntes que acompañan a medios tiempos, canciones trotonas, que parecen venidas del folk pero que son eternamente pop. En ocasiones uno percibe el alma The Go-Betweens o Yo La Tengo porque como en aquellos aquí encuentras revelaciones, sensaciones, sentimientos que se perciben sutilmente en el ambiente de esos días, frescos y soleados, del primer otoño.
Con todo “Mr. Precarious” trasciende, sin pretenderlo. Quizá es por sus arrullos campestres o por su pop desprejuiciado. O quizá porque aquí hay once canciones heridas de una melancolía, luminosa, que permite seguir sonriendo a pesar de todo” (Alberto Vargas, agosto 2015)

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7 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | 93 Milions Miles from The Sun, Be Brave Benjamin | Deja un comentario

Damon & Naomi: Fortune (20/20/20, 2015)

Los veteranos Damon Krukowski y Naomi Yang volvieron este año poniendo música a una película dirigida por la propia Naomi. El resultado: ese intimismo Pop que el dúo ha tomado en los últimos tiempos y que les lleva por la senda de ese Pop electroacústico tan particular.

Naomi Yang and Damon Krukowski have been performing together for the better part of 30 years, yet in that time music has never been the sole focus of their creative energies. Damon is a poet and writer (and an occasional Pitchfork contributor) while Naomi is a photographer and graphic designer whose visual design skills have always been an integral part of the duo’s work, dating back to her album designs for their beloved groupGalaxie 500. In addition to operating the 20/20/20 record label and Exact Change small press, in recent years Naomi has branched out into directing stylish and evocative music videos for such artists as Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, and Elisa Ambrogio.
So it seems like a very organic progression that Naomi has now directed Fortune, her first short film. Though the film itself is silent, it arrives paired with a full-length soundtrack of new songs by Damon & Naomi, which can give it the essential feel of a 30-minute music video. The film and its music, naturally enough, work best in combination and enjoying them together (currently available for free) is an experience well worth the half-hour devotion of your time and attention. As is often the case the film itself feels incomplete without its musical accompaniment, whereas the soundtrack does function as a short but coherent and satisfying stand-alone collection of songs” (Press)

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6 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Damon & Naomi | Deja un comentario

Street Chant: Pedestrian Support League (Arch Hill Recordings, Single, 2015)

Pedestrian Support League is a song loosely about Auckland life. Coming back from being on tour a lot and moving back into a crummy flat in Grey Lynn I felt an extreme sense of ennui amongst my peers and especially in myself. A few years ago I had felt excitement for the future and now I was paranoid my flatmates were stealing all my margerine. The chorus “enrol to vote and so it goes, everyone dresses like us nowadays..” expresses the amusement and dissatisfaction I felt with my surroundings – amusement because I felt like I was living out some “food for flatties” cookbook cliche, but watching National win another election as well my seemingly endless ability to stagnate bought about an extreme sense of apathy” (Emily Littler)

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5 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Street Chant | Deja un comentario

Company of Selves: Presidential Model (Fleeting Youth, Single, 2015)

“Laced in elegant guitar plucks, woozy piano, and swirling undercurrents of various instruments, is a story about a woman beginning to awake from a world of mind-controlled imprisonment. Lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Hoffman softly sings the story with subtle yet stunning backup vocals from Christina Courtin” (Press)

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4 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Company of Selves | Deja un comentario

Pond: Man it feels like space again (Caroline, 2015)

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Si hay algo malo para la carrera musical de Pond es haber estado siempre a la sombra de su banda “hermana” Tame Impala, que les ha restado reconocimiento y hasta cierto grado de popularidad a no ser a nivel más Indie.
En este ya ¡sexto! trabajo de los australianos, personalmente pienso que si los Impala han caído en picado en cuanto a su creatividad, Pond parece que han querido seguirles en esa espiral negativa, facturando un álbum en el que se dejan llevar por los medios tiempos, por las baladas estelares, por ese Rock-Espacial preñado de influencias Psicodélico-Glamourosas que personalmente, cada vez me sorprende menos.

“Pond’s previous albums changed shape with each release, the constant being a fondness for the traditional tools of rock, but Man It Feels Like Space Again leans heavier on synths and dance rhythms, a reflection of them becoming staples of summer festivals like St. Jerome’s Laneway. They’ve mostly chucked the Zeppelin/Hendrix riffs of earlier songs like “Giant Tortoise” and Justin Hawkins posturing, going softer on the glam goofiness and stonerisms and feeling less like parody as a result. They won’t be chasing Flume on Future Classic any time soon (then again, who knows? They already share a label with Cut Copy), but these tracks seem more likely to incite mass writhing than a sea of banging heads and waving lighters. Sure it’s got sneering commenters limp-lobbing potshots like “That drummer is too good for this band” on live videos as Jay Watson sticks to a basic beat, but it’s all in pursuit of that aforementioned ethos, quaint as it seems, of reaching people. If accessibility comes at the cost of satisfying the need for some to feel discerning, so be it.
But there’s still plenty recognizable here, the pedals and effects boards stacking up like the inside of a hoarders den. “Holding Out for You” is a stomping stadium rock ballad, acoustic singalong “Medicine Hat” remembers some of the stripped back tracks on Beard, Wives, Denim, and “Outside Is the Right Side” does a psych-funk strut over its refrain, straightforward enough to slip snugly into King Gizzard‘s catalog (and we’re about due for a new Gizz record; it’s been nearly three months.) That the album’s halves pivot on a track called “Heroic Shart” should tell you all you need to know about any accusations of maturing.
Members of the band have winkingly referred to their records forming a conceptual rock star career trajectory: Frond was the auspicious breakthrough, Beard, Wives, Denim their return-to-roots, and Hobo Rocket the fattened bombast of music industry fossils. The analogy breaks down with Man It Feels Like Space Again, though. That a band in the mold they’re imagining might put out an album this fun on their sixth go-round seems unimaginable. Even in their repeated defiance of having anything to prove, Pond still scramble with the passion and irreverence of underdogs” (Pitchfork)

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3 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Pond | Deja un comentario

Jonas Carping: The last approval (Single, 2015)

La peculiar voz de Jonas Carping y el tono épico de sus temas conforman este nuevo sencillo titulado The last aproval, anticipo del que será su nuevo trabajo: Coctails & Gasoline, que aparecerá en Octubre.

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2 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Jonas Carping | Deja un comentario

Augustus, TJB August Compilation (2015)

El Mixtape más veraniego de The JangleBox se llama Augustus. Es una recopilación con numeroso material sonoro a cargo mayoritariamente de nuevas bandas como Ultimate Painting, La Cerca, La Casa al Mare, All Dogs… e incluso alguna versioncilla que seguramente os gustará…

1 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | Mixtape | Deja un comentario

My Cruel Goro: My Cruel Goro (Ep, 2015)

En la encrucijada Ramoniano-Strokiana aparece un combo extraño pues está formado por gentes italo-islandesas. Curiosa mezcla para un sonido clásico.

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1 septiembre, 2015 Posted by | My Cruel Goro | Deja un comentario

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