Monthly Archives: August 2011

Vacation – Locust Lane

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Lo-fi folk pop release which is somewhat reminiscent of the brilliant freak folk group Woods (although slightly more accessible). Raw and unique vocals with poignant lyrics, set over a range of acoustic and electronic backing. The vocals can take some getting used to, but they’re often heartfelt and moving. All in all some really interesting and quirky stuff

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Osiris Glade – For Gliese

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Adding to the recent rise in instrumental hip-hop albums I’ve been posting (not purposeful, they just seem to have ended up close together on my post list!) is For Gliese, by Osiris Glade. A good mix of chilled out and darker tracks, with a wide range of fantastic sounds and effects. The beats are pretty nice for an independent release, and there is some really catchy stuff on this album.

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Paddington Bears – I’ve Come Home

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Wonderfully bright folk release with some great violin and horn work. Has a really homey and warm feeling to it, the sort of stuff you could imagine listening to on a quiet night in a rural pub. Great use of male and female vocals and harmonies which is always a selling point for me. If you like folk this is definitely worth your time.

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These Are Magnets – Tiny Baby

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Upbeat indie rock with some great use of electric organ alongside acoustic/electric guitar and various other instruments. A mix of feel good and melancholy songs with lyrics that are often hilarious (especially on the track Let’s Take a Walk Down College Street). All in all an awesome set of good old fashioned rock songs that will be a great listen as the summer draws to a close.

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Ripple’Field – Hypernebula

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Solo synthpop album by the vocalist of the (also fantastic) experimental rock band Airs. Expect to hear a great mix of dark and intriguing material, ranging from deep textural tracks to more bass heavy affairs. All of this is presented with the expected synthy goodness of, well, a synthpop album. But Hypernebula is an album that goes beyond that thanks to such a dynamic variety of sounds and song structures. Highly recommended.

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