Reviews - Page 132

Oneohtrix Point Never, ‘Replica’ (Software)

The futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that we'll upload ourselves to the Net, abandoning mortal meatspace to live forever in silicon. He calls it the Singularity,…
Philip Sherburne / November 15, 2011

Steve Hauschildt, ‘Tragedy & Geometry’ (Kranky)

Steve Hauschildt, of Cleveland electronica trio Emeralds, says the title of this intriguing album refers to the muses of tragedy (Melpomene) and geometry (Polyhymnia). Egghead…
Jon Young / November 15, 2011

Carter Tanton, ‘Freeclouds’ (Western Vinyl)

Carter Tanton -- of the now-defunct Tulsa and still-thriving Lower Dens -- style-jumps so restlessly that his second solo disc sometimes feels like a multi-artist…
Josh Modell / November 15, 2011

Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson, ‘Live at the South Bank’ (Smalltown Superjazz)

For such adventurous jazz players, this Europe-only double live album was almost a prerequisite, a hard-blowing session far outside the confines of your typical American…
SPIN Staff / November 15, 2011

Florence and the Machine, ‘Ceremonials’ (Universal Republic)

Florence and the machine's best song to date is "Kiss With a Fist." We are not arguing here. A blunt, cheerful ode to the romantic…
Rob Harvilla / November 15, 2011

Korallreven, ‘An Album by Korallreven’ (Acephale)

You can always count on the Swedes for cheery nostalgia. Inspired by a trip to the South Pacific. Marcus Joons and Daniel Tj√§der tease their…
Puja Patel / November 15, 2011

Yael Meyer, ‘Everything Will Be Alright’ (Kli)

The music of Chile's Yael Meyer has been heard on trash-TV shows like Private Practice and Drop Dead Diva, but don't hold that against her.
Jon Young / November 15, 2011

Pterodactyl, ‘Spills Out’ (Brah)

These psych-lite Brooklynites dip into the darker stuff a couple times on their third album, but the nauseous swirl of "Thorn" and the tonally flat…
Josh Modell / November 15, 2011

Blackout Beach, ‘Fuck Death’ (Dead Oceans)

Frog Eyes front-toad Casey Mercer warns that the unsettling dramas on his third solo full-length as Blackout Beach are a "coward's songs." They also comprise…
Camille Dodero / November 15, 2011

G-Side, ‘iSLAND’ (Slow Motion Soundz)

On the intro to G-Side's second album of 2011, an authoritative voice explains the long-term benefits of being what John Donne said no man was:…
Theon Weber / November 11, 2011

Small Black, ‘Moon Killer’ (Self-Released)

When chillwave crested, this Long Island foursome seemed fairly likely to sink. Their sound was more washed-out than Washed Out -- a pleasantly textured melodic…
Chris Martins / November 11, 2011

Olivia Tremor Control, ‘Black Foliage: Animation Music/Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle’ (Chunklet)

The OTC were one of several Athens, Georgia–area psych-pop bands who spent the 1990s synthesizing the 1960s. At best, they used tape-loop gristle and other…
Mike Powell / November 8, 2011

David Lynch, ‘Crazy Clown Time’

Avant-noir filmmaker David Lynch calls his debut solo album "modern blues," but postmodern is more like it: Warm synths and woozy electric guitars transmit warped…
David Peisner / November 8, 2011

Louvin Brothers, ‘Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-62′ (Light in the Attic)

The first disc here, from 1959, is country and white-folk gospel as pure and sturdy as freshly planed wood. The occasional silvery glint of electric…
Mike Powell / November 8, 2011

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ (Sour Mash)

What's a year without a Gallagher brothers throwdown? Months after Liam and the rest of Oasis unveiled the score-settling Beady Eye, Noel gets in the…
Stephanie Benson / November 8, 2011
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