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Watershades – MORELS: Drift (2017)


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Slowcore desde Baltimore.

“Drift is enticingly comfortable, richly layered, sonically sound, delivered without pretense, with surefooted structures, gentle vocals and guitar meanderings that don’t consume, but leave space for visions to imaginatively play out across the backs of your eyelids … and the best part of this low-keyed psychedelic dream-pop album is that you get to slip back down the rabbit hole anytime you wish” (It´s Psychedelic, Baby)

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18 abril, 2018 Posted by | Morels | Deja un comentario

Delicadezas – NO VACATION: Intermission (Topshelf Records, 2017)

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NO VACATION son una formación de San Francisco que navegan con soltura por las aguas del Dream-Pop de tintes LoFi con una indudable elegancia y belleza.

“No Vacation began in early 2015, and quickly received attention for the nostalgic bedroom-pop sounds off of their debut mixtape, Amo XO, and surf-rock single, “Draem Girl”. A few months following the release of their second mixtape, Summer Break, No Vacation went on an indefinite hiatus. After playing shows under various names and a few line-up changes, Sab Mai, Marisa Saunders, Nat Lee, and Harrison Spencer have reassembled to make up No Vacation. Since their reunion, No Vacation has released 2 singles and an EP titled, Intermission, which was released by Topshelf Records in November 2017. As they transition out of San Francisco, No Vacation will bring the novice “wavy-gravy dream-pop” sounds of Intermission to Brooklyn” (No Vacation)

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15 abril, 2018 Posted by | No Vacation | Deja un comentario

El Bueno, El Feo…y GRUFF RHYS: Frontier man (Rough Trade, Single, 2018)

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GRUFF RHYS retorna al que fuera su sello, Rough Trade, con un álbum que se anticipa con este Frontier Man, que como su propio nombre indica, es algo así como un cruce entre la Americana fronteriza y los arreglos de Lee Hazlewood. Bonita producción y bonitos arreglos para este tema que quizás nos conduzca a una faceta más krooner del galés.


14 abril, 2018 Posted by | Gruff Rhys | Deja un comentario

Refreshments – THE DEREVOLUTIONS: Just one look (Single, 2018)

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El trío de Boston THE DEREVOLUTIONS continúa ofreciéndonos su hedonista punto de vista particular sobre la música, mezclando por igual el Soul con el Pop más luminoso.


12 abril, 2018 Posted by | The Derevolutions | Deja un comentario

Strange Love – THE LIZARDS: She goes down / Houdini (Singles, 2017)

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Pulsiones Psicodélicas a bajas revoluciones


11 abril, 2018 Posted by | The Lizards | Deja un comentario

Kangaroos – GUIDED BY VOICES: Space Gun (2018)

Space Gun

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En un ejercicio algo arriesgado de autocomplacencia, el ya sexagenario Robert Pollard se nombraba como el músico del Indie que ha participado en más álbumes, elevando esa cantidad hasta la cifra de cien. Más allá de este dato anecdótico, Space Gun es el nuevo trabajo de Guided by Voices. Pollard asegura que en ese 2018 no habrá más álbumes de la reformada banda. 
Sea como fuere, este último trabajo es un disco absolutamente vibrante. GBV vira hacia un sonido absolutamente recio y guitarrero, el grupo funciona como un reloj, y las quince composiciones de Pollard son un auténtico regalo para cualquier amante no sólo de la banda, sino también para cualquier buen aficionado Indie e incluso algo amante del retro noventero.

“These guys sound like a band, not a handful of backing musicians, and with producerTravis Harrison at the controls, this real band has made what sounds like a real album. Space Gun is full-bodied and adventurous, with the subtle but intelligent use of the studio giving the album a sonic gravitas that many of GBV‘s albums, good as they are, happen to lack. And as both a songwriter and a vocalist, Pollard is in especially fine fettle, with his bent pop melodies and gloriously cryptic lyrics a perfect match for a band that can play this stuff with a power that belies its detail-oriented intuition.Guided by Voices haven’t made an album that’s this committed to craft since 2001’s Isolation Drills, and if Space Gun doesn’t quite match that underappreciated masterpiece, it comes close enough to confirm that Guided by Voices are quietly in the midst of a late-career renaissance” (All Music)

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9 abril, 2018 Posted by | Guided by Voices | Deja un comentario

Lotta good songs – COURTNEY BARNETT, KURT VILE: Lotta sea lices (Milk!, Matador; 2017)

Lotta Sea Lice

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Uno de los mejores álbumes del pasado 2017 fue sin duda, este Lotta Sea Lices, el disco en el que aunaron sus talentos Courtney Barnett y Kurt Vile; o lo que es lo mismo: lo mejorcito del Pop cálido e intimista junto con lo más florido del Folk-Pop realizado en las últimas décadas. 
Como era de esperar, algo bueno habría de surgir de una unión como ésta, y Lotta Sea Lices lo demuestra. Un álbum que presenta nueve cortes íntimos, llenos de riffs cristalinos, florituras y sensibilidad. Un precioso acercamiento a la Americana desde el punto de vista más Folkie. Courtney y Kurt se versionan mutuamente y descubren otro par de versiones (Belly y Jen Cloher). Un discazo lleno de sensibilidad y de mutua admiración, que por su calidad, se queda incluso corto. ¿Tendrá continuación…?

“As heirs apparent to the throne of ’90s alt-rock, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett appear to be an ideal match — comrades in slacktivism united by a shrug and a smirk. If neither singer/songwriter sounds precisely like the other, they’re good complements, both cherishing laconic melodies, loping rhythms, and a loads of guitar. All of these elements are in play on Lotta Sea Lice, a rambling nine-song affair that finds the duo singing each other’s songs, playing tunes penned by friends, and covering Belly‘s “Untogether,” an underappreciated ’90s cult classic that the band once played as a duet withRadiohead‘s Thom Yorke. Barnett and Vile do not bring to mind Yorke and Tanya Donelly, nor do they sound a thing like the original Kurt and Courtney of Nirvana and Hole fame. Singing together, Vile andBarnett evoke J Mascis and Liz Phair, comparisons that have been leveled against the individual rockers before, but on this lazy stroll of an LP, it appears the pair are indulging in alt-rock cosplay. It doesn’t help matters that when they indulge in an explicit duet, they often veer toward the cutesy, as on “Continental Breakfast,” where they puff up their international friendship over the titular meal. Food is a problem with Barnett and Vile: “Blue Cheese,” one of the sprightlier numbers here, is undercut by a performance that suggests the pair know precisely that it’s hookier than the rest of the proceedings, as they lean into a “nanny nanny foo foo” lyric just a tad too hard. Usually, though, Lotta Sea Lice just settles into a cozy rustic groove that dispenses with any of the coiled energy of Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. and opts for Vile‘s cheery stoner strumming. As they’re both charismatic singers with a way with an elliptical melody, it’s pleasant enough, but by the time its 45 minutes wrap up, Lotta Sea Lice feels like a party where the hosts are having a much better time than their guests” (All Music)

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5 abril, 2018 Posted by | Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile | Deja un comentario

Wendy McNeill: What would it take (Single, 2018)

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“Wendy McNeill’s new album ‘Hunger Made You Brave’ begins where her concept album ‘For the Wolf, a Good Meal’ ended. The last adventure took place mostly under the sea as we dug into the depths of desire and the hazards of a granted wish. This time we venture to the heavens. Through various twists and myths we explore the nature of evil, how certain truths are echoed through the ages, how a soul’s story is told through numerous faces, and how help can come from the strangest places.
When McNeill originally emerged from the prairies of Canada, her accordion tinged songs featuring wild stories and layers of haunting looped vocals were described as Folk Noir. On ‘Hunger Made You Brave’ she seems to have crossed the line into a new genre-Space Folk.
Unmistakably Wendy- with her dark twists and turns- this new recording has something more. When she goes back in time or up to the stars on a sparkling synth line and a howl- you follow. When she whispers that ‘all the rules have changed’- you believe her.
The talents of McNeill’s long time collaborators Andreas Nordell/Double Bass, Erik Nilsson/Percussion, and co producer/multi instrumentalist Christoffer Lundquist weave a unique chemistry which was captured live to tape at AGM Studio Sweden.
Robins Request” is the third single from Wendys upcoming concept album “Hunger Made You Brave” (Press)


4 abril, 2018 Posted by | Wendy McNeill | Deja un comentario

Past & Now – MATH & PHYSICS CLUB: Lived here before (Matineé Recordings, 2018)

Lived Here Before

El cuarto trabajo de MATH & PHYSICS CLUB representa una continuidad con sus tres trabajos anteriores: un homenaje al mejor Pop de toda la vida. Aquél que se realiza sin estridencias, tan sólo a base de buenas canciones, unas gotitas de Jangle, otras de C86 y el buen gusto necesario para conseguir una vez más un álbum que si bien no juega en las grandes ligas o no llega a cotas sobresalientes, sí que mantiene un magnífico tono de notable más que alto para satisfacer a amantes del Pop con mayúsculas.

“Upon the release of 2018’s Lived Here Before, it’s been five years since the last Math and Physics Club album, but all the hallmarks of their sound remain intact. The required amount of guitar jangle, sweet indie pop melody, tender and true lyrics, and Charles Bert‘s wistfully sincere singing are all on display, and the band delivers a few songs that stand with its best work. The gently rumbling “Threadbare,” the warm-hearted “Broadcasting Waves,” and the insistent “All the Mains Are Down” are all first-rate examples of the best kind of indie pop, when the music, words, and voices work together to wrap the listener in the audio equivalent of a long, strong hug. The record is more than just a few great songs, though. Like on their last album, Our Hearts Beat Out Loud, the band continues to expand its sound, becoming more muscular than ever and stretching the songwriting a bit. Tracks like the circular “The Pull of the Tides” and the almost C&W “Take a Number” wouldn’t have appeared on an early MAPC album, and Lived Here Before is enriched by their presence. The rest of the record has a fuller, more dynamic sound than the previous album too, and when the songs rock, like on “Past and in Between,” they have some real punch. The ballads like “Dear Madeline” also have a real echoing beauty that the band has previously hinted at but can fully realize now. Credit the production by indie rock veteran Chris Hanzsek for the improved sound, the band for the expansive arrangements, andBert for coming up with MAPC‘s strongest set of songs to date. Put it all together and it’s the best record the band has done and some really fine indie pop that shows the long-running style has some life left in it yet” (All Music)

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3 abril, 2018 Posted by | Math and Physics Club | Deja un comentario

El Despertar – ALONDRA GALOPA: Despierta tus sentidos (Vídeo-Single, Linier Discos, 2018)

“Alondra Galopa estrenan “Despierta tus sentidos”. Segundo videosingle de“Ocaso”, el tercer trabajo de la banda granadina y un disco en el que han encontrado el equilibrio perfecto entre luz y oscuridad, entre las guitarras poderosas y los espacios acústicos. Entre el sueño y la vigilia.
En un ambiente oclusivo, estático, metáfora del inmovilismo que nos domina, se abre una ventana luminosa, una voz que “Despierta tus sentidos”. Se trata del tema que abre el disco y supone un alegato a salir de la zona de confort en la que estamos instalados, un mantra susurrante que te invita romper esa capsula personal que nos hace ser inmunes a lo que nos rodea y nos lleva a perder muchas cosas importantes y sencillas de la vida.
Como en todo lo audiovisual de “Ocaso”, Kike Redondo es el encargado del guión, dirección y montaje del clip. “Su estilo y el nuestro encajan a la perfección. Por ello pensamos que cada canción debía tener una fotografía de Kike. Además de ser el encargado de hacer las fotos de promoción nuestras. El resultado es para nuestro gusto estupendo” (MondoSonoro)


2 abril, 2018 Posted by | Alondra Galopa | Deja un comentario

CELÉSTICA: Berlín (Single, 2017)

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“Celéstica siguen avanzando sin prisas, ajenos al competitivo sindiós circundante, sin dejarse acuciar innecesariamente. Canción a canción, el trío madrileño está construyendo un repertorio de considerable calado emocional, manteniendo su fidelidad al pop guitarrero de fundamento anglosajón, principalmente en su facción noventera.
“Berlín”, su nuevo single, es también una de las composiciones más conmovedoras que hayan compuesto en toda su trayectoria. Conjuga melodías delicadas, ritmo sencillo y convincente atmósfera con una letra impía que describe el crepúsculo de una relación amiga de las tormentas.
Además, ofrece una perspectiva inédita sobre la voz del cantante y guitarrista Juan Sebastián, quien llega más lejos que nunca sin hacer alarde alguno. Y confirma la destreza creativa del grupo, que aquí realiza un soberbio ejercicio de contención atendiendo a lo que la naturaleza del tema reclama. No precisa de subrayados, pero deja sin aliento. Todos, en mayor o menor medida, podemos darnos por aludidos al escucharla. De eso se trata” (Nota de Prensa)


2 abril, 2018 Posted by | Celéstica | Deja un comentario


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