Doldrums Releases “Egypt” 12″ On Arbutus

Doldrums’ music deals with the loss of the individual, a bodiless, Soma-fried peeling back of surface emotions to expose an attitude both utterly bleak and mesmerizing.On “Egypt”, his androgynous voice comes across mid-panic attack,

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Review Of “Do Things” By Dent May

I liked this band better when they were called Coldplay. You probably liked that joke better when you heard David Spade on Weekend Update on SNL, and you probably liked Weekend Update better when it was with Dennis Miller. Modern art is all derivatives of its predecessors and wearing your influences on your sleeve is not necessarily a bad thing, but with Zulu Winter its unmistakable their resemblance to Coldplay. It’s an unfortunate happenstance for Zulu Winter that may or may not have realized this going into the recording of their record, because the album actually sounds great, but you’ll be hard pressed not to think about that other band it sounds like while listening to “Language”.

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Review Of ‘Chants’ By Nouela

Nouela Johnston is not, by any means, new to the music scene. She won the heart of the Seattle underground music scene as the former singer and pianist for such acts as Mon Frere and People Eating People. Now under the simple name Nouela, she strikes a powerful and emotional chord with debut album Chants.

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Review Of ‘Traps’ By Jaill

After a litany of self released LPs and EPs, Jaill got signed with the big guys over at Sub Pop Records… and the Milwaukee boys took their do-it-yourself sound with them.

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SpaceGhostPurrp – Mysterious Phonk

The new album from SpaceGhostPurrp is to be released via 4AD on June 12th and compiles both new and old material. Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles Of SpaceGhostPurpp contains eleven tracks listeners might recognize from previous mix tapes along with three brand new tracks. The 21 year old producer and MC quotes his influences as Three 6 Mafia, UGK, DJ Paul, Eazy E, Tupac and DJ Screw. A key part of the underground hip-hop community SpaceGhostPurrp also leads the collective Raider Klan who have built their aesthetic on skate culture iconography and hardcore rap values.

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Review Of ‘Synthetica’ By Metric

So the good news is fans won’t be disappointed by Synthetica, Metric’s fifth LP.Counting 11 tracks strong, the album’s ‘punny’ title summarizes the band’s intention to create something that walks the fine line between what is real and what is artificial. Emily Haines and Co. take the bet by having band member Jimmy Shaw self-produce the recording. The results speak for themselves.
The opening track sets the tone like Nyree Watt’s photography gives away Mark Kozelek. Artificial Nocturne opens with the soon-to-be-quotable line ‘I’m just as fucked up as they say’, synths for namesake are thankfully ever present. The track is an always-welcomed and aggressive note from the already established indie band circuit, a daring challenge to the music scene of today.

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