Archive for the ‘High Fidelity’ Category

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

October 22nd, 2014
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A Better Way To Fall

Wonder Where We Land is like jumping out of a plane. You have an idea of where SBTRKT’s second full-length studio album might drop you but as you float through it the terrain becomes more uncertain. None of the potential drop zones are frightening or harmful, but vastly different. You could end up on a soulful piano melody, a speedy dance tune or even on a strange disorienting interlude. SBTRKT has given us the opportunity to jump into something fantastic. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

The Bots – Pink Palms

October 15th, 2014
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Poised for Stardom

Just barely out of teendom, brothers Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei are taking the garage punk world by storm in their group The Bots. Catchy, energetic, and upbeat, the Bots are exactly what the rock world needs right now. Their newest album Pink Palms is an extraordinarily strong record for their age, and is bound to be remembered as one of the best albums of the year. Their sound is so full you’d never believe there was only two of them, and their voices blend perfectly together. Equal parts pop, punk, and dirty garage rock, their unique sound is going to stick in your head for weeks to come. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

October 15th, 2014
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Dearly Beloved

To anyone not in the know, Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison to his friends) has been one of the premier up-and-coming figures in the L.A. music scene for several years now, and he’s out to solidify his reputation on a fifth full-length album. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who actively dislikes this artist, and it’d be difficult to throw a rock in any circle of music-lovers without hitting one of his many fans. With You’re Dead!, Lotus continues his trend of pushing genres inside-out to create a body of work that blurs the boundaries of DJ, producer, composer and performer. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Super Deluxe Reissue Edition)

October 15th, 2014
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30,000 Feet Above the Competition

In electronica’s rise through the 1990s, we discovered prolific recluse Aphex Twin, French revolutionaries Daft Punk and really good drugs from The Chemical Brothers. Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy brought anger to the table, while Moby’s and Fatboy Slim’s music and mixes were as ubiquitous as furniture. The London group Underworld reached their brief yet highest peak with the 1996 use of non-album cut “Born Slippy .NUXX” in Trainspotting. While that track left an indelible mark on both dance and movie music, those in the know probably felt that Underworld and their 1994 LP Dubnobasswithmyheadman had been lost in the shuffle. So what better time to nail down the album’s true place in techno canon than on its 20th anniversary? Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

October 11th, 2014
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It’s The Little Things

About halfway through Danish group Iceage’s Plowing Into The Field Of Love, on the stellar track “Abundant Living,” lead singer Bender Rønnenfelt groans, “And when I fall, I’ll bring it all down here with me soaked in alcohol.” And listening to the album it sounds like he succeeded. It is incredibly heavy, burdened and dragged down by Rønnenfelt’s bellowing baritone voice and the powerhouse rhythm section and it’s that much better because of it. One can easily imagine the band, soaked in sweat and booze, simultaneously hungover and drunk, just playing their hearts out in a smokey Copenhagen bar giving every ounce of strength they have to churn out their music. It’s a compelling image and the sound of desperation makes the music incredibly exhilarating. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

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