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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…

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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…

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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

Eno Hyde – High Life

July 11th, 2014
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Excellence Already

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have done it again. Only a few short months after releasing the full length Someday World, the duo have put together another LP, High Life. The project was made in only five days but the production and musicality do anything but suffer. The marathon first track “Return” has a guitar riff that seems like it could go on forever. High Life’s trancey jam band vibe brings the listener to the point where they think that they can’t possibly take it any longer, but they don’t push it over the edge. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless

July 11th, 2014
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Bow-down before the Lords of American Blackened Death Metal!

While metal bands are generally not treated with the utmost respect, there is proof Goatwhore should be. Their album Blood For The Master debuted on the Billboard Heatseeker chart at #4, not to mention ranking in at #19 on the iTunes Rock chart upon its first week of release. Named the Best Hard Rock/Metal Artist at The Big Easy Awards in 2010, and known as “the hardest-working band in metal,” Goatwhore keeps producing, keeps touring and keeps proving themselves to be a truly formidable force in music. We can only wait to see what Constricting Rage of the Merciless will be recognized for. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Cabaret Voltaire – #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985)

July 6th, 2014
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Sensoria Overload

Last year saw the release and our review of Killing Joke’s singles compilation, an awesome volume distilling the band’s influence and skill across multiple genres. Now another foundation act with a hydra-like legacy—Sheffield electronic group Cabaret Voltaire—is out to put a nice little bow on things for their diehards and neophytes alike, collecting singles and favorites on #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985). Read more…

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Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

July 6th, 2014
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Bang Your Reluctant Head

Since their formation over 15 years ago, Buffalo, New York’s Every Time I Die have time and time again solidified their position as one of metalcore’s most consistently crushing heavyweights. And they have come out swinging with their newest release, From Parts Unknown, a truly exhaustingly anguished onslaught of sound that any heavy music fan will be able to appreciate. Speaking from experience, this record will make even those most opposed to metalcore have to bang their heads, and with a good southern groove behind many of the tracks, Every Time I Die is taking advantage of all of the best parts of modern metal. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews