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Primal Scream, ‘Beautiful Future’ (WEA International)

After 20 years of alternating between thrilling electronic experimentation and random Rolling Stones pastiches, Primal Scream take a pleasingly lightweight turn on their ninth album,…
Matthew Perpetua / November 7, 2008

School of Seven Bells, ‘Alpinisms’ (Ghostly International)

Alpinisms' sweeping, ethereal pop owes a stylistic debt to My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins, but the debut album by former Secret Machines guitarist…
Matthew Perpetua / October 26, 2008

Electric Six, ‘Flashy’ (Metropolis)

Electric Six's fifth album may begin with "Gay Bar Part Two," but the sardonic sextet are only parodying casual fans' desire for a sequel to…
Matthew Perpetua / October 14, 2008

Deerhunter, ‘Microcastle’ (Kranky)

Deerhunter's name implies aggression and brutality, but even at their loudest, the Atlanta band's music possesses a bewildered fragility that suggests they identify more closely…
Matthew Perpetua / September 5, 2008

Douglas Armour, ‘The Light of a Golden Day, the Arms of the Night’ (The Social Registry)

The debut album from this versatile Los Angeles singer/ songwriter is split into two distinct sides: The first half skews in favor of melancholic post–Postal…
Matthew Perpetua / August 20, 2008

Adem, ‘Takes’ (Domino)

This Turkish-English folksinger's album of cover versions is an exceptionally well-curated disc with intriguing selections penned by Low, Yo La Tengo, and Tortoise. But despite…
Matthew Perpetua / August 20, 2008

Takka Takka, ‘Migration’ (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

While Takka Takka's debut often sounded like Lou Reed in cuddly, McSweeney's-reading drag, their sophomore effort develops an atmospheric, rhythmically sophisticated sound that recalls the…
Matthew Perpetua / July 28, 2008

Lykke Li, ‘Little Bit EP’ (LL)

Lykke Li's timbre and vocal phrasing may bear a striking resemblance to fellow Swedish pop singer Robyn, but her music is far more delicate. Rather…
Matthew Perpetua / May 29, 2008

Tapes ‘n Tapes, ‘Walk It Off’ (XL)

In the same way that Lily Allen's career is inextricably tied to her MySpace page, and OK Go's profile was boosted by YouTube, Minneapolis quartet…
Matthew Perpetua / April 15, 2008

Clinic, ‘Do It!’ (Domino)

After debuting with two alluringly cryptic art-punk records in the early 2000s, Clinic fell into a creative rut, experimenting with new textures but basically rewriting…
Matthew Perpetua / April 15, 2008