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Internal Bleeding – Imperium

October 7th, 2014
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Heavy Hitting Noise

The East Coast is a hub of some brutal and heavy music. The New York hardcore scene and New York death metal are just two of several. Internal Bleeding have “been all about slam” since the beginning, having been referred to as a pioneer of the style. The band has been given credit for forging the paths for bands who would later define present-day death metal and death-core bands alike. Starting it all in 1991 in Long Island, New York and remaining a staple in the scene until their hiatus in 2004, in 2012 they started all up again and fans are eating it up. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Aphex Twin – Syro

September 26th, 2014
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We Care Because He Does

Much has been made this year of the strength of music released 20 years ago. In 1994 we saw many legendary “alternative” albums released, yet hidden from nostalgia for the likes of Dookie and Superunknown is acknowledgment of just how important the year was for beats. These were the first days of Nas and Biggie, of Portishead and Outkast. Beck announced his presence with three albums, anchored by the slacker grooves of Mellow Gold and “Loser.” Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor rose from the depths with The Downward Spiral, Natural Born Killers, and a memorably muddy set at Woodstock’s 25th anniversary. But 1994’s real winner may have been English electronica madman Richard D. James: He produced two EPs under lesser aliases, made the recently unshelved Caustic Window LP, put together a compilation of early singles and, most importantly, released the groundbreaking Selected Ambient Works Volume II as Aphex Twin. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

September 25th, 2014
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Just the Right Amount of Weird

Alt-J have been described with a wide range of adjectives and attitudes: brilliant, pompous, edgy, posturing and so on. The Leeds-based band (also known as ∆, the mathematical symbol for delta or change, or alt+J for you Windows users), won the British Mercury Prize for their debut full-length An Awesome Wave in 2012. Alt-J offer listeners a sound that isn’t easily categorized or dismissed. The songs on An Awesome Wave were weird and quirky; how many bands can turn a mathematical term like “tessellate” into a strangely erotic come-on, or sing, “Please don’t go, / I’ll eat you whole, / I’ll eat your soul, / I love you so, I love you so” without seeming utterly creepy and off-putting? How many bands embrace vocals like those of guitarist and lead vocalist Joe Newman’s, which swing constantly from a squawking croak to a falsetto croon? Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Allah-Las – Worship The Sun

September 22nd, 2014
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Grab Some Summer While You Still Can

The Ventures, The Yardbirds and The Beach Boys had a love child, and that child is Allah-Las. As their Bandcamp bio says, the Allah-Las were formed while the members worked at the famous L.A. record store, Amoeba Music. One can easily imagine them poring over the countless records in that shop, listening to the surf-rock and British Invasion staples and saying, “yeah, this is our sound.” Every song on Worship The Sun is filled with twangy, reverb heavy guitars, lethargic lead vocals (not a bad thing) and backup vocals that, as opposed to the computer-perfect backups you so often hear on albums these days, refreshingly sound like they were done live. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Myrkur – Myrkur

September 21st, 2014
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Haunting and Heavy

From the first track of Myrkur, the listener is enticed with the sound of welcoming female vocals singing a song of nature and slumber. With this, however, comes a most unwarned surprise; within the song’s first minute there is the presence of abrasive drumming and loud, heavy, fast guitars. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Tricky – Adrian Thaws

September 17th, 2014
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Say My Name, Say My Name

The titling of Tricky’s 11th album with his birth name, Adrian Thaws, is a move loaded with meaning. He’s been here since the beginning of trip-hop, yet he remains as complex and mysterious as the music he makes in (and based on) that genre. And the name on the marquee isn’t the only prominent thing here that’s somehow a combination of the new, the familiar, and the sublimely interesting. He told the Consequence of Sound website that this album contained his takes on club music and hip-hop. This undersells most of the work on here, suggesting Tricky is merely aping strains of Top 40 music with urban leanings from Kanye to Nicki to even Lorde. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Sinoia Caves – Beyond the Black Rainbow (Original Soundtrack)

September 10th, 2014
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Anxiety in Soft Neon

If you watch the trailer for Panos Cosmatos’ film, Beyond the Black Rainbow, you’ll notice two things: the retro 80’s style in which the film is shot, and the ominous tones of an ethereal space choir provided by Jeremy Schmidt’s solo recording pseudonym, Sinoia Caves. The space choir only appears sporadically throughout Sinoia Caves’ soundtrack, but the 80’s sci-fi vibe is ever present; conjuring up images of soft neon lighting (a la Stanley Kubrick), malicious robots, and white plastic mazes with electric doors. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Sinkane – Mean Love

September 7th, 2014
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Summer’s Not Over… Yet.

After the success of his second album, Mars(2012), Ahmed Gallab – the music sage known as Sinkane – is back again with more tunes. Read more…

By Jeremy Rellosa Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Blonde Redhead – Barragán

September 4th, 2014
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Master Architects

It’s not entirely clear whether Barragán, the ninth album from New York’s longtime staple three-piece Blonde Redhead, is named after the famous Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán, but there’s a fitting allusion there; Barragán is constructed with a subtle fluidity, sprawling across its ten tracks like a particularly well designed cityscape, each track built with a unique structure. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews , , ,

Ty Segall – Manipulator

September 3rd, 2014
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The Next Electric Warrior?

Californian musical jack-of-all-trades Ty Segall is a force to be reckoned within the indie rock scene, and he has proven that once again with his most recent record Manipulator. Marking his seventh solo release since his self-titled solo debut in 2008, alongside a colossal number of collaborations, splits and records with his other bands, including Fuzz, Sic Alps and Epsilons, Segall has clearly been busy honing his craft, and this album is the result of all of that hard work. Taking hints from influences like Hawkwind, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and some heavier bands like The Stooges and Black Sabbath, Manipulator is an exciting look into what can be done with garage rock when you add a little psychedelic glam into the mix. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews