Archive for the ‘High Fidelity’ Category

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

YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend

September 3rd, 2014
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Mastering the Maelstrom

YOB are a stoner/doom/sludge metal band from Eugene, Oregon. Led by founder and guitarist-vocalist Mike Scheidt, the band have been releasing full-length albums since 2002. YOB are practitioners of the long-form—none of their proper studio albums contain more than six songs, yet the shortest clocks in at about 49 minutes. This tradition continues on Clearing the Path to Ascend—a 62-minute, four-song journey into massive realms of yearning, weariness, pain, elation, rage and reconciliation. Read more…

By David Sano Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

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