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Basement Jaxx- Junto

August 27th, 2014
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A Reason To Dance

A musical entity doesn’t exist for twenty years by mistake. Basement Jaxx’s latest release, Junto, is an affirmation of the British duo’s staying power in the dance music world. Junto samples and is influenced by traditional dance music with roots all around the world, and it incorporates Basement Jaxx’s revolutionary sound. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Jenny Hval and Susanna – Meshes of Voice

August 23rd, 2014
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A Journey into the Surreal

The very appropriately titled Meshes of Voice brings together two rather different Norwegian artists, Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrød, on an album ensnared in the influences of surrealism and mythology, like the neo-gothic modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí and Maya Deren’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon. Written for 2009’s Ladyfest, a global music and arts festival for women and feminist artists, Meshes of Voice expertly combines Hval and Wallumrød’s talents in an uncanny, phantasmagorical journey into the psyche. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews , ,

Just Walden – High Street Barton Blues

August 18th, 2014
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Indie Piano Dance Rock

Sometimes, in life, you take a step back and stare at the panoramic view that is your entire life’s work and decide to make some drastic changes. Daniel Ferraro did just that. Working for Goldman Sachs just wasn’t cutting it for him, and after five years of working for the mega-corporation and his inability to stop the visions of fully fleshed-out songs that took up his mental space, he decided to pursue music full-time. Just Walden formed with Aaron Eichenseer on bass/guitar, Taylor Eichenseer on percussion/guitar, Danny Ferraro on vocals/piano/synths/guitar and Alex Margolia on percussion/synths. This Austin-based indie piano rock band take influences from Ringo Deathstarr, DiscoDustLA, Suuns, Vampire Weekend and Future Islands. Their debut High Street Barton Blues is a mix of ballad, dance and soul to spare. Read more…

By Fred Hernandez Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Rabbits – Untoward

August 16th, 2014
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A Sludge for the Working Man

Rabbits are a venerable three-piece band from Portland, Oregon. Over their more than ten years together, they have perfected an amorphous mixture of sludge metal, noise rock, punk rock, thrash metal, stoner metal etc. etc. On Untoward, Rabbits deliver a set of plainspoken, catchy anthems that are an approachable, entertaining homage to the off-color, scuzz-coated underbelly that accompanies a certain way of life. Read more…

By David Sano Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

The Morning Birds – Bloom

August 2nd, 2014
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A Surprisingly Fresh Concept

The Morning Birds are a self-described “psych-folk/folktronic/indie” band from Los Angeles, and they bring a jazzy doo-wop, lounge-pop aesthetic to an indie scene that’s in desperate need of their brand of chillscape music. The Morning Birds are Jennifer Thorington on vocals and keys, Samuel Markus on guitar and bass, Stephen Newman on drums and Alex Fornes on percussion. Jennifer is the main vocalist, but all share back-up vocal duties. On Bloom, The Morning Birds have curated a themed compilation of remixes by diverse DJs around the world, following the motif of the title track, “Bloom.” This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill album full of remixes, but a concept album tied together by remixes representing the different seasons of the year.

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By Fred Hernandez Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Cross My Heart Hope To Die – Vita E Morte

August 2nd, 2014
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Enjoyable to Electronic Fans, Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart Hope to Die recently released their newest EP, Vita E Morte. These four tracks must be some of the strangest compilation of sounds currently for sale on iTunes. The EP creates a creepy-feeling world that the listener becomes sucked into, and it isn’t necessarily the most pleasant feeling. One may be left feeling as though they want to crawl out of their skin at the end, especially with the track “Tears of God.” The album would work quite well as the soundtrack for FX’s show American Horror Story.

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By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

K.Flay – Life as a Dog

August 1st, 2014
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A Dog, but not a B…

After ten years of releasing EPs, mix tapes and appearing on video game soundtracks, K.Flay’s official debut album Life as a Dog sees the light of day. In spite of a lengthy dispute with RCA Records, K.Flay crowd-funded this opus and released it via Bummer Picnic Records revealing an album that she wanted to make instead of losing creative control and not being satisfied with the end product. 44 minutes and 11 songs later, Life as a Dog is definitely an album its maker should be proud of. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Freeman – Freeman

July 29th, 2014
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Like a Phoenix

It wasn’t so long ago that Gene Ween was wondering whether he’d ever write again. He’d dissolved Ween by executive decision, learning the hard way that he was living an unsustainable lifestyle and that his creative partnership that had lost its spark. After what can only be described as a very public meltdown, he went to rehab and embarked upon sobriety in a state of uncertainty. Luckily for us, the celestial muse struck once again and in just three or four weeks, Aaron Freeman arose from the ashes of his Gene Ween persona with a magnificent album. Read more…

By Carey Uhl Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

July 24th, 2014
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A Dramatic Duet

Enter an unlikely duo: first, Dan the Automator (Daniel Nakamura), who has produced hip-hop and alternative albums by Kool Keith, DJ Shadow, Head Automatica, Kasabian and the first Gorillaz record, among others. Then enter actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the brunette who stole Michael Cera’s heart in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, who’s appeared in a smattering of big-name films like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Live Free or Die Hard, and Final Destination 3. The two met on the set of Scott Pilgrim, where Dan was working on the score and Winstead was the leading lady, and apparently hit it off enough to want to write a record together under the name Got A Girl. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews , ,

Luluc – Passerby

July 21st, 2014
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Slow Down

Luluc’s album Passerby is like the little white bungalow with a fenced-in and lush, green backyard in a neighborhood that has sold out to big-monied real estate developers who seek to convert everything into luxury condos, spas and frozen yogurt shops. It’s the lone centenarian holdout, living in its own time and place on its own schedule. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews