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  • Within And Without Within And Without Quick View

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    Within And Without


    Washed Out is the operational alias for Atlanta, GAs Ernest Greene, and their first full-length, Within and Without will be released via Sub Pop Records. Greene recorded Within and Without with Ben Allen, who, among a great many other things, co-produced Animal Collectives Merriweather Post Pavillion, Gnarls Barkleys St. Elsewhere and Deerhunters Halcyon Digest.


    In 2009, Washed Out released two critically-acclaimed EPs; Life of Leisure (Mexican Summer) and High Times (Mirror Universe Tapes). Most recently, the Washed Out song Feel It All Around, from Life of Leisure, was chosen as the theme song for the new and very funny IFC series Portlandia, which features Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney/Sub Pop alum and current Wild Flag member Carrie Brownstein.

    1. Eyes Be Closed

    2. Echoes
    3. Amor Fati
    4. Soft
    5. Far Away
    6. Before
    7. You and I
    8. Within and Without
    9. A Dedication
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    Paracosm

    The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike,
    otherworldly atmospheres of his music a huge leap further.


    The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds, and the idea of escaping is all over Paracosm's music and lyrics. Paracosm finds Greene reaching beyond the computers and synths that filled Washed Out's previous recordings, expanding his sonic palette to include over 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the
    Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.


    "I've grown as a songwriter to the point where I
    want to have more involved arrangements, and that's really hard to do with sampling," says Greene. "These machines were kind of a happy medium: The sounds have a very worn, distressed quality about them, much like an old sample. But they also offer much more flexibility because they're playable."


    Following two years on the road in support of
    the critically-acclaimed Within And Without, and the lauded Life Of Leisure EP (which can still be heard during Portlandia's opening credits), he and his wife, Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band), relocated from the big-city hubbub of Atlanta to a house outside Athens, where Greene could shut out the real world in favor of an alternate universe of his own making. Listeners will be immediately struck by Paracosm's seamless melding of organic and synthetic sounds, and its lighter tone. Greene says: "I knew from the beginning I wanted this record to be optimistic, very much a daytime-sounding album. I think the last record felt more nocturnal in some ways. This one I just imagined being outside, surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment."


    With its gorgeous execution and uplifting attitude, Paracosm is primed to be this year's summer record. And it promises to do what its name suggests: take listeners to a better world.


    Paracosm was recorded at in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out - Within and Without) at Maze Studios.

    1. Entrance
    2. It All Feels Right
    3. Don't Give Up
    4. Weightless
    5. All I Know
    6. Great Escape
    7. Paracosm
    8. Falling Back
    9. All Over Now
    Washed Out
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  • Washing Machine Washing Machine Quick View

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    Washing Machine

    After the regressive, low-key Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, Sonic Youth appeared to be floundering somewhat, but Washing Machine erased any notion that the band had run out of things to say. Easily their most adventurous, challenging, and best record since Daydream Nation, the album finds Sonic Youth returning to the fearless exploration, but the group has found a way to work that into tighter song structures. Not only are the songs more immediate than most of the material on their earlier records, the sound here is warm and open, making Washing Machine their most mature and welcoming record to date. It's not a commercial record, nor is it a pop record, but Washing Machine encompasses everything that made Sonic Youth innovators, and shows that they can continue to grow, finding new paths inside their signature sound.
    LP1
    1. Becuz
    2. Junkie's Promise
    3. Saucer-Like
    4. Washing Machine
    5. Unwind
    6. Little Trouble Girl
    7. No Queen Blues


    LP2
    1. Panty Lies
    2. Becuz Coda
    3. Skip Tracer
    4. The Diamond Sea

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    Rubberneck (Awaiting Repress)

    The Toadies' debut album is Alternative Rock that doesn't sound like all the other Alternative Rock out there, mainly because the band has a knack for stringing together simple but devastatingly effective rock hooks. This Fort Worth hard-core quartet serve up a singular brand of punky blues: lots of noisy, guitar-centered songs, and a healthy dose of irony. The album showcases Toadies' ability to explode out of a spare, bass-driven pulse, into a brutal wash of cloudy guitars.
    1. Mexican Hairless
    2. Mister Love
    3. Backslider
    4. Possum Kingdom
    5. Quitter
    6. Away
    7. I Come From The Water
    8. Tyler
    9. Happyface
    10. Velvet
    11. I Burn


    Bonus Tracks
    12. Run In With Dad*
    13. Stop It (Pylon Cover)*
    14. Rockfish*
    15. Possum Kingdom (Live Version)
    16. Tyler (Live Version)


    *From The Original Rubberneck Recording Session

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  • Wash Wash Quick View

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    Wash


    "Idehen is a great encapsulation of many facets of England's long standing, and constantly evolving, MC
    tradition." - FACT Magazine


    "Collaborating extensively, the subtle spiritual nuances of Pále's production are brought out into the light
    by Joshua Idehen's carefully wrought verbs and nouns"- Clash


    "One of many emerging talents from Manchester, Pàle is making smooth, atmospheric jams that border
    the broken realms of hip-hop, house and garage."- Hyponik


    High Lucia (formerly known as Pále) presents Wash, his debut record for Lex. Predominantly instrumental,
    Wash is a lush 6 track ep with sweeping ambient instrumentals underpinned by minimalistic bass lines
    alongside Joshua and Shanaz's vocals contributions which pin point the London influence. His productions
    don't just stir morose vibes, instead they engage in creating an abstract sense of beauty. His synths and vocal parts cling like fog to his crisp percussion. A young talent growing from strength to strength.

    1. Park Vista
    2. Dark Ages
    3. Riding Fine, Twenty Five
    4. Afar
    5. Dull Reverie
    6. Opal/ Forever ft. Joshua Idehen & Shanaz Dorset
    High Lucia
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    Kick Out The Jams

    Ranked 294/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Rather than try to capture their legendary on-stage energy in a studio, MC5 opted to record their first album during a live concert at their home base, Detroit's Grande Ballroom, and while some folks who were there have quibbled that Kick Out the Jams isn't the most accurate representation of the band's sound, it's certainly the best of the band's three original albums, and easily beats the many semiauthorized live recordings of MC5 that have emerged in recent years, if only for the clarity of Bruce Botnick's recording.


    From Brother J.C. Crawford's rabble-rousing introduction to the final wash on feedback on Starship, Kick Out the Jams is one of the most powerfully energetic live albums ever made; Wayne Kramer and Fred Sonic Smith were a lethal combination on tightly interlocked guitars, bassist Michael Davis and drummer Dennis Thompson were as strong a rhythm section as Detroit ever produced, and Rob Tyner's vocals could actually match the soulful firepower of the musicians, no small accomplishment. Even on the relatively subdued numbers (such as the blues workout Motor City Is Burning), the band sound like they're locked in tight and cooking with gas, while the full-blown rockers (pretty much all of side one) are as gloriously thunderous as anything ever committed to tape; this is an album that refuses to be played quietly. For many years, Detroit was considered the High Energy Rock & Roll Capital of the World, and Kick Out the Jams provided all the evidence anyone might need for the city to hold onto the title.

    -AllMusic.com

    1. Intro/Ramblin' Rose
    2. Intro 2/ Kick Out The Jams
    3. Come Together
    4. Talk/Rocket Reducer No. 62
    5. Borderline
    6. Motor City Is Burning
    7. I Want You Right Now
    8. Starship
    The MC5
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  • Outta My System: Remixez And Friendz Outta My System: Remixez And Friendz Quick View

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    Outta My System: Remixez And Friendz

    My Morning Jacket's new 7-track EP Outta My System - Remixez & Friendz features remixes and instrumental versions of the Circuital track Outta My System by Washed Out and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, as well an alternate universe version from the band, and their latest single Friends Again.
    1. Outta My System
    2. Outta My System (Dave Sitek remix)
    3. Outta My System (Washed Out remix)
    4. Outta My System (Alternate Universe Version)
    5. Friends Again
    6. Outta My System (Dave Sitek instrumental)
    7. Outta My System (Washed Out instrumental)
    My Morning Jacket
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    Viva

    Viva is the second release from Klaus Dinger's post-Neu! group, La Dusseldorf. Originally released in 1978, Viva is a stunning combination of washed out synthesizers, swirling guitar work and Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms. Featuring the classic Cha, Cha 2000, Viva is another fine effort from one of Krautrock's legends and stands as a testament of just how gloriously ahead of their time the German progressive rock scene of the '70s really was. An essential record.


    1. Viva
    2. White Overalls
    3. Rheinita
    4. Vögel
    5. Geld
    6. Cha Cha 2000
    La Dusseldorf
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    Highspeeds

    Elliot Moss is a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist songwriter, producer, and visual artist from New York who has
    drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, Chet Faker, Washed Out and James Blake with his soulful vocals, strong
    songwriting and embrace of electronic, jazz and ambient sounds. His debut album was recorded at his home studio where Moss performed, produced, and mixed the entire album with the exception of a few friends.
    Elliot Moss
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  • Education, Education, Education And War Education, Education, Education And War Quick View

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    Education, Education, Education And War

    Leeds post-punkers Kaiser Chiefs are making a grand return in 2014. Singer Ricky Wilson has been named as a coach for the U.K. version of The Voice - joining will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, and Tom Jones - and his band will release their fifth album via ATO Records. Dubbed Education, Education, Education & War, the 10-track set follows up 2011's build-an-album experiment The Future Is Medieval.


    The English group's latest was written in London, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and recorded at The Maze in Atlanta with studio boss Ben H. Allen producing (Washed Out, Deerhunter, Animal Collective).

    1. The Factory Gates
    2. Coming Home
    3. Misery Company
    4. Ruffians On Parade
    5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven
    6. One More Last Song
    7. My Life
    8. Bows & Arrows
    9. Cannons
    10. Roses
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    Static

    The bright and polished New York indie-pop duo Cults gave us a promising self-titled debut a couple of years ago, and now they're set to follow it up with a second album called Static. This time around, Shane Stoneback, the man who produced that debut album, shares production duties with Ben Allen, who most famously helmed Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion (and who's also behind Washed Out's forthcoming sophomore effort Paracosm).


    As a press bio states, Static is a breakup album. (The band's members, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, were a couple when the project began in 2010.) Oblivion described the meaning of Static in the bio: There's a feeling our generation has. The feeling there's always something better around the corner, that everyone is born to be a star. The feeling that life is waiting for you, and yet it's not happening. All of that is static.

    1. I Know
    2. I Can Hardly Make You Mine
    3. Always Forever
    4. High Road
    5. Were Before
    6. So Far
    7. Keep Your Head Up
    8. TV Dream
    9. We've Got It
    10. Shine A Light
    11. No Hope
    Cults
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    Pillar Point

    ...splices M83 and Washed Out with glorious results - The Line of Best Fit


    On Seattle-based PILLAR POINT's self-titled debut album, the moody, melancholy electronica is the work of THROW ME THE STATUE founder Scott Reitherman. Far more intimate than anything he's done previously, Reitherman's personal struggles add lyrical depth to dance floor-ready beats and while the album shows off a never-before-seen gloom, his knack for writing tracks that crystalize emotion and work their way into a listener's guts isn't at all obscured. Writing darker songs with dance elements helped me to process the confusion and change I was experiencing in my own life because within the confines of a pop song I could control little moments of clarity and redemption, he says. And for the listener it adds depth to what might otherwise be just dance music. Born out of a two year recording process between Reitherman and producer Charlie Smith that stretched from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and ultimately Seattle, where Reitherman has once again settled, PILLAR POINT marks not only a fresh musical approach, but also a new mindset for writing songs. The songs on Pillar Point are certainly those things, but they're also exciting, intricate and impossible to stop listening to. There's a heartbroken quality to them, sure, but one that seems like it might be cured if only we all close our eyes and move our feet until all is forgotten.

    1. Diamond Mine
    2. Eyeballs
    3. Cherry
    4. Black Hole
    5. Strangers in Paradise
    6. Dreamin'
    7. Touch
    8. Curious of You
    9. Echoes
    Pillar Point
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    House Of Woo

    Maxmillion Dunbar's House of Woo is raised on a solid foundation of love. Maxmillion dunbar is one half of Beautiful Swimmers and don behind the Future Times record label. Dunbar first tried his fingers at programming hip hop beats and eventually introduced his rogue breed of house music to the dance world via 2010's Cool Water.


    House of Woo counters Cool Water's darkness with shimmering, dazzling light. It is a pure blast of bliss inspired by Dunbar and his girlfriend's deeply rooted relationship. Themes of their devotion never appear lyrically, but ebb in the album's emotional flow. House of Woo's architecture is free of fabricated rigidity, but does bare structural resemblance to some of dance music's outer limit moments. Theo Parrish's narrative masterpiece Parallel Dimensions is touchstone on a track like "Coins For The Canopy", while the cerebral techno of Newworldaquarium takes moving, grooving form on "The Figurine" and album namesake "Woo."


    In percussive corners throughout House of Woo, Dunbar drums up native DC Go-Go spirits and skitters into Jersey swing on tracks like "ice room Graffiti". Dunbar deviates even further from the blueprint on "For Mozy" and "Shampoo", pieces that haunt House of Woo with their spectral, synthetic wash outs. Whether showing respect and love for his influences or for his peers and those
    even nearer and dearer, Dunbar stands in the doorway waiting with a warm invitation to anyone ready to dance, embrace, and inhabit forever the House of Woo.

    LP 1
    1. Slave To The Vibe
    2. Woo
    3. Coins For The Canopy
    4. The Figurine (Nod Mix)
    5. Inca Tags


    LP 2
    1. For Mozy
    2. Ice Room Graffiti
    3. Peeling An Orange In One Piece
    4. Loving the Drift
    5. World Taste Sweet (Stuck in the Middle)
    6. Kangaroo

    Maxmillion Dunbar
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    Body Faucet

    There is no pretense behind the Athens, GA four-piece Reptar (named after a Rugrats character) and consisting of Graham Ulicny (guitar/vocals), William Kennedy (analog keyboards), Ryan Engelberger (bass) and Andrew McFarland (drums). Still, the ability to amuse and arouse their fans is just as important to them as indulging their musical curiosities. This sonic wanderlust extends from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop and converges joyously in songs such as Blastoff and Rainbounce among others.


    Their aesthetic percolates even more vibrantly through their debut LP, Body Faucet, to be released on Vagrant Records. A set of shimmering sing-along anthems produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Washed Out), Body Faucet is propelled by jerky guitars and persistent beats. The record feels like a big dream with different chapters, says Ryan. Ghost Bike captures the space between witnessing a friend's death and surviving it. In Sebastian (named after a saint who became a gay icon), it's experiencing, then remembering, a sexual awakening with a close friend.


    Lyrics and music flow in a liquid form from real places, each song oozing with a different color and substance. We wanted to capture the thoughts we project on our surroundings and the ideas that flow in and out of us each day, says Graham. Indeed, much of the record deals with exploring and interacting with one's surroundings in new, occasionally frustrating, ways. The album builds with songs such as New House, expressing a future of possibilities. A centerpiece of sorts, notes Andrew, it's the most driving song on the record, and it's really empowering live.

    1. Sebastian
    2. Please Don't Kill Me
    3. Isoprene Bath
    4. Orifice Origami
    5. Houseboat Babies
    6. Natural Bridge
    7. Ghost Bike
    8. New House
    9. Thank You Gliese 370 b
    10. Sweet Sipping Soda
    11. Three Shining Suns
    12. Water Runs
    Reptar
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    Familiar Touch

    It's been almost three years since DIANA released their critically-acclaimed LP, Perpetual Surrender. Now, the wait for new material has come to an end with the upcoming release of their second album Familiar Touch. The band have also shared the album's opening track, 'Confession' - a sharply focused example of their statement of intent, and which follows on from the previously shared 'Slipping Away'.


    Having initially conceived Perpetual Surrender as a one-off recording project, Kieran Adams (drums, drum machines, synths), Carmen Elle (guitars, vocals) and Destroyer touring band member Joseph Shabason (synths, samplers, saxophone) regrouped after a period of time that Elle describes as "learning how to be a band." Bigger, fuller and far more open and expansive, Familiar Touch takes all of Perpetual Surrender's gorgeous qualities and pushes the songs to the forefront, upping DIANA's game tremendously.


    'Miharu' is the perfect example of this: recalling the best mid-80's alt-pop, it mixes the lush soul signature of Flyte Time Productions (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) while delivering a massive pop chorus that liquefies into their modern production nous. "I really love the silky rub between Carmen's demure approach and Gary's [Beals, additional vocals] vibrant punctuations," Adams explains, his description also perfectly encapsulating 'Moment of Silence' - another sophisticated pop track with what Adams describes as having "a very smooth top layer" and synths that give the impression of "stretching time - being stretched thin in those moments." 'Confession' also builds upon those Jam & Lewis rhythms, with Adams describing it as sounding like the pair "if they worked with Annie Lennox."


    Where Perpetual Surrender was the unexpected success of a group of friends experimenting with different sounds, Familiar Touch is the sound of them taking those experiences and maximising themselves as a proper band. "There was a much different studio flow - we started working on things close to a year before we recorded them," says Adams. "Last time, we were obscuring what it was that we were doing - with washed out or distorted vocals, for example. With this album - particularly with the vocals - we conceptualised everything a lot more in advance and really committed to certain sounds and feelings. We tried to fight the instinct of trying to distort it."


    One thing that's clear this time around is how much more confidence DIANA have in themselves as musicians. The trio decamped to Adams' then-apartment, where the pressures of a second album and the time constraints of a regular studio were relieved. Renting their own gear, they made makeshift vocal booths of out of clothes cupboards and Star Wars sleeping bags (or "weird, fucked up musty vocal caves" as Shabason describes them). Upon listening to the record, it's hard to believe Familiar Touch was made in such a compact environment. With its emboldened production, it sits pleasingly alongside their personal influences and seminal recordings such as Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen or Yellow Magic Orchestra's Naughty Boys.


    Mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Beach House, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Heba Kadry, Familiar Touch is also lent a skilled hand by Thom Gill (guitars, keys, piano), Bram Gielen (bass), Vince Spilchuk (trumpet), and vocalists Robin Dann, Alanna Stuart of Bonjay and aforementioned Gary Beals - runner-up on the first season of Canadian Idol. By having the space and time to work with their new ideas on their own terms, this time around, DIANA have crafted an album that sounds unabashedly vibrant and distinctly 2016.

    1. Confession
    2. What You Get
    3. Slipping Away
    4. Moment of Silence
    5. The Coward
    6. Miharu
    7. Cry
    8. Helpless
    9. These Words
    10. Take it Over
    Diana
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    Crises

    2013 Stereo Remaster


    Following a long-established production pattern, Mike Oldfield assembled some relatively simple pop- and rock-flavored numbers following one long introductory piece on his 1983 Disky release, Crisis. The 20-minute opening title-track is a quintessential Oldfield texture study that consists of sparkling synth washes with edgier material weaving in and out. A fine setup, this track cleanses the aural pallet, preparing the listener nicely for the tunes that follow. Yes fans who can adjust to the sugary highlight In High Places will enjoy Jon Anderson's springy vocal work on the track. The energetic guitar romp Taurus 3 will also appeal to most prog and art rock fans. Those in search of more ethereal Oldfield material should be aware of this record's pop leanings, but open-minded listeners will have a good time exploring Crisis, one of Oldfield's better releases of this type.

    - Jason Anderson (All Music Guide)

    1. Crises
    2. Moonlight Shadow
    3. In High Places
    4. Foreign Affair
    5. Taurus
    6. Shadow On The Wall
    Mike Oldfield
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  • Come My Fanatics Come My Fanatics Quick View

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    Come My Fanatics

    Import


    What a difference two years can make ... Between their self-titled debut and this follow-up, Electric Wizard beefed up and distorted their sound and polished their song-writing and the result has taken them light years beyond what the first album achieved. For this reason alone, anyone interested in the band's history and how a young group can progress in leaps and bounds, these two albums are worth seeking out and hearing. The most obvious improvement in the band's style is the overall sound: thick and grimy textures in slower-than-slow guitar chords and riffs, accompanied by basic drum rhythms and a washed-out wailing vocal singing lyrics of despair at the present world and conjuring avenues of escape from the social and political oppression in our society.


    We dive straight into the deep end with Return Trip, a crusty doom sludge song if ever there was one, with black grime peeling off riffs to expose a raw layer that quickly changes to hard and dark and bleeds off in turn. The song sticks to the straight and narrow: even an extended instrumental passage doesn't attract a wiggly guitar solo, and it's only towards the end the song acquires layers of melody and riffing to suggest the vocalist's increasing mental derangement. Jus Oborn's singing isn't great - it's more like chanting or shouting sometimes - but his voice has a rough, anguished edge suited to the lyrical content. Real life is cold, hard, tyrannical, unjust and abusive and for many people the only way to stay sane is to escape into one's own world through the portal of hallucinogenic drugs. Wizard in Black and Doom-Mantia take up where Return Trip leaves off: these are epic tracks that extend the sludge / stoner doom trip out further into the realms of psychedelia, the latter track featuring treated vocals and multi-tracked voices (or so they sound).


    Ivixor B / Phase Inducer is a wonderfully trippy mindfuck of a piece featuring a seemingly endless loop of female chanting with bubbly guitar effects and lazy bass rhythm followed by an abstract spacey tone piece that probably fell from an old pre-Autobahn Kraftwerk album and needed a home, so why not here. The atmosphere is spooky without appearing sinister. The two separate passages of the track are combined in a way that suggests a breakdown in a spaceship's communications with Earth while the astronauts are overcome by strange cosmic forces that can't be understood by rational people. Very original and quite ingenious!


    The remaining tracks on the album suffer for being footnotes to the instrumental track and the strong first half of the album. Son of Nothing is hardcore melodic rock with metal trimmings in style and its post-apocalyptic / sci-fi lyrics embody both hope and fear as the remnants of humanity flee a scorched Earth to find a new home. Solarian 13 brings up the rear with a mix of gently buoyant and seesawing grime-thickened guitar rhythms around which trippy ambient effects swirl and tease.


    The album draws its strength from a more streamlined musical approach in which music serves to enhance each song and its subject rather than fill out empty spaces with frills or show off individual musicians' dexterity and master of their instruments; and also from powerful lyrical themes of alienation, global destruction and flight to new worlds whether internally in one's head as a form of escape or externally for survival. Fantasy, the apocalypse and its aftermath, and science fiction elements of space travel through drugs and spaceships, and human migration to new worlds combine with doom, stoner and sludge metal to generate an original piece of work in Come My Fanatics .... It's on this album that EW find their calling.


    - NausikaDalazBlindaz (The Metal Archives)

    1. Return Trip
    2. Wizard in Black
    3. Doom-Mantia
    4. Ivixor B / Phase Inducer
    5. Son of Nothing
    6. Solarian 13
    7. Demon Lung
    10. Return to the Son of Nothingness
    Electric Wizard
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    Total Strife Forever

    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. Glitter Recession
    2. Total Strife Forever I
    3. Dripping Down
    4. Hinterland
    5. Heaven, How Long
    6. Total Strife Forever II
    7. Looking For Someone
    8. Midnight Koto
    9. Total Strife Forever III
    10. Song For Granular Piano
    11. Total Strife Forever IV
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    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. The Juddering
    2. End Result
    3. Beaming White
    4. Turn Away
    5. Hearts That Never
    6. Entirety
    7. Carousel
    8. Don't Look Backwards
    9. Manner Of Words
    10. Montage Resolution
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    Washed up and calling the dripping waste that is Los Angeles their home, Sandy Pussy is a warm slime that has taken your dad's surf records, shit on them, and is calling it Surf Doom. YOU'RE WELCOME. This three-piece creates a sort of tripped-out psycho babble surf punk without all the babble; a heavy muck of nonsense oozing with sludgy riffs, wrapped in a sheet of acid SANDY PUSSY.
    1. Canned Heat
    2. So Pitted
    3. Tears For Palm Trees
    4. Goodbye and Goodnight
    5. Sun Bleached
    6. DGBP
    7. Piss Weed
    8. Summer Bummer
    9. Surf Doom
    10. Perfect Wave
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    We rejoin the band as Murdoc the bass player is gathering musicians and collaborators to create the new album. The new Gorillaz empire is set on a strange floating island deep in the South Pacific at the furthest point from any land mass on the planet. Introducing Plastic Beach, an island made entirely of plastic, debris and the washed up remnants of humanity. Amongst the collection of historical remains and discarded rubble, Murdoc finds a book detailing the history of Man right up to the present day, except the last chapter The End of Days has been torn out, the future is missing. Time to get the band together, finish this album and have fun while the sun still shines. To complete the task, Murdoc has assembled some other musicians to join the band at Plastic Beach, these select people would join him on his floating Hellfire Club, as musicians, players and contributors in this wonky, damaged Plastic opera. Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors, Lou Reed, Little Dragon, rappers Kano and Bashy, Mark. E. Smith, Syrian orchestras, global musicians and more were subpoena-ed to collaborate on this visionary Gorillaz record.
    1. Orchestral Intro
    2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
    3. White Flag
    4. Rhinestone Eyes
    5. Stylo
    6. Superfast Jellyfish
    7. Empire Ants
    8. Glitter Freeze
    9. Some Kind Of Nature
    10. On Melancholy Hill
    11. Broken
    12. Sweepstakes
    13. Plastic Beach
    14. To Binge
    15. Cloud Of Unknowing
    16. Pirate Jet
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    Asthmatic Kitty Records presents the fifth Half-Handed Cloud full-length album: As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, or Stowaways for short. Connected with the lyrical tradition of 19th Century American hymns such as Shall We Gather at the River? Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? and There Shall Be Showers of Blessing, these tunes splash about in cavernous spaces opened up by irregularly measured rhythms and pocket-orchestra arrangements integrated with creaky pianos, sound-loops, a tugboat of a church organ, guitars, and billowing banjos.



    Half-handed Clouds John Ringhofer recorded this album on his half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine in the sanctuary and custodial quarters of a church in Berkeley, California, where hes lived and worked as a custodian for the past seven years. He played most of the parts himself, joined by friends on cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet, and flute. Brandon Buckner, one-third of Ringhofers former band, Wookieback, is behind the drum-kit for the duration of this record. The album was mixed with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

    1. Into Jars
    2. The Sea Has No Face
    3. You Flagged us Down With a Wave
    4. Splashdowns Hold the Hymnal Together
    5. Maritime Rites
    6. Guy With Driftwood Skin
    7. Source of the Watercourse
    8. Armstrongs Line
    9. Hydrological Cycle
    10. Fresh & Bitter from the Same Spring
    11. Sonar Sends Bells To and Fro
    12. Out on the Ice, We Face Our Hearts
    13. Im Over the Need to Bail
    14. Look, the Clouds Have Got You Again!
    15. Divers Divers
    16. Liberty Bell
    17. Youll Sea
    18. Lunar Tears, Timed by Tides
    19. Set Your Beams
    20. Beachcombers Ultralight
    21. Concentric Groups of Mirrored Loops
    22. Command the Wind & Water Inside Me
    23. Brooks Embracing Burdens
    24. Resting in the Current
    25. How is a Water-Walker Like a Cleft-Stasher?
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    The Ramblin' Ambassadors' third album for Mint Records proves again that the Canadian West is the true home of instrumental rock 'n' roll. Serving up another platter of big beat, no bullshit guitar instrumentals, the boys from Calgary kick up way more turf than surf.


    Ever spend too much time at the Brazilian Barbecue? One hot dog too many? Then check out "Meat Sweats"; a greasy homage to that pulled pork you just washed down with a shot of cheap booze. "Back Seat Action" recalls borrowing Mom's land yacht for the big date, and every electric note of "Dallas B. Goode" counts the odometer clicks on your '56 Buick, or maybe even your '73 Pacer. Parties ("Clambake!"), cars ("Super Bee") and even the environmental activism of the forest-scorching "Pine Beetle Express" define what occupies the rock 'n' roll minds of The Ramblin' Ambassadors.


    Ramble On was recorded entirely in the band's secret underground bunker, under the tutelage of musical whiz-kid Russell Broom. The album strips the Ambassadors' sound even further back, with pretty much a single track for each instrument. Ramble On has the familiar fiery twin guitar attack of Brent J. Cooper and Gentleman Doug Waite, and careful listeners will notice that Cooper occupies one side of the stereo spectrum and Waite the other.


    Scott Nickless rides the yellow line, keeping his big bass right up the middle, and Tyler Pickering's able drumming puts the tyger in the tank. Ramble On maintains the reputations of the Ambassadors' two previous Mint releases, slamming home the fact that they remain, according to Exclaim Magazine, "one of the best instrumental acts around today."

    1. Standoff at Calfrobe Bridge
    2. Clambake!
    3. Back Seat Action
    4. The Savage
    5. Tyger Beat
    6. Pine Beetle Express
    7. Meat Sweats
    8. Super Bee
    9. Dallas B. Goode
    10. Super Lungbucket
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    Melted Toys self-titled debut is released via Underwater Peoples. Culminating
    three years after their acclaimed Washed & Dried EP rst unveiled the group's distinct blend of
    hazy, plaintive pop and psychedelic electronica, the full-length reigns in squarely as the
    group's most denitive vision yet. It comes on as a sort of sanctuary-in-transit, inspired both
    by the shifting visions of dreams and global travel, so that each of the twelve passages icker
    and ame with equal impression.


    Melted Toys is Stephen Harkins, Daniel Rosado, Brian Wakeeld, and Ole Haarstad. Their
    casual bond laces the languid pop with an unpretentious melodic language. It's both downcast
    and serene, resembling the catalog of mid-career FELT, where Maurice Deebank's somber leads
    colored each and every detail, rather than just issuing showy statements at predictable intervals. Highlights along the album spark from timely synthesizer voicings as well, mixed in
    fantastic contrast against the shadowy mid tones of Wakeeld's bass and Haarstad's metronomic, motorik drumming style.


    The three-year wait for this debut irked followers and friend's close to the band, but it was
    caused by one of the members leaving a laptop containing all the initial work on a San
    Francisco BART train. So it goes, and Melted Toys seems to have used the guaw to their
    advantage, as the band re-located to Los Angeles, and singer-guitarist Harkins ended up traveling to Beijing, Tokyo, and Taipei, where he wrote an additional half of the material.


    Bummed Out signals the albums opening tone with a wiry lead from Rosado, a kind of
    circuit-bent guitar hook that practically nishes Harkins' nodding out sentences. Further along
    the rst side A Postcard unfurls the most somber portrait of the LP, but forgoes lulling in
    self-importance by trodding against a snare heavy loop, and sneering delivery.


    Tellingly, the lyrics to Horizon seem to underscore the album's themes of psychoactive and
    physical escape: Here I'm standing right on the cusp / of what could be my life / when we're
    strapped under pressure / we could go inside our minds, wherein Harkins ends the verse with
    the line, There's a chance for us / LAX back to Beijing. There, Harkins consolidates Melted
    Toys' psychedelia with wanderlust, and what's more, the album seems most apt for both these
    extremes: music for headphones en route to self-discovery, or music for mental escape indoors,
    where's there's nothing more to discover but music.

    1. Intro
    2. Bummed Out
    3. Horizons
    4. Press A (Habitat)
    5. A Postcard
    6. Blush
    7. Always
    8. Water Arches
    9. Joy Fit
    10. Observations
    11. Come On
    12. Citrus Honeymoon
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