Today’s Albums 01.11.2017


Empire Of The Sun ‎  Two Vines
Tugging on the threads of nostalgia, Two Vines instantly catapults the listener back to a more innocent time, when playing outside until the street lights went on and watching sitcoms like Family Matters or The Cosby Show was the thing to do on a Saturday night. Co-produced by Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers) and featuring contributions from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s band the Revolution, and former David Bowie collaborators Henry Hey and Tim Lefebvre, Two Vines gains its past-leaning tone as much from its stacked guest list as from its songwriting. – Consequence Of Sound

Modest Mouse ‎  Building Nothing Out Of Something
Though Building Nothing Out of Something merely compiles old singles and rarities, it might be the best Modest Mouse release for newcomers’ initiation, as well as instant gratification for long time fans. This batch of songs is easily their most varied. “Never Ending Math Equation” tick-tocks to a screeching turntable crescendo. “Medication” floats a slow, crystalline guitar line over muted field recordings of traffic, foghorns, and railroad bells before trotting into an acoustic coda with blithe organs. The most beautiful near-seven minutes of Modest Mouse’s career rumbles throughout “Workin’ on Leavin’ the Livin'”– a psychedelic testimonial to the afterlife. “Sleepwalkin'” mines the 1950s ballad of the same name, but sets the affair in an underwater chamber of whale-call guitars and aching melodies. And a suitable meltdown climaxes in the closer, “Other People’s Lives,” when Brock treats his guitar like solder. – Pitchfork

Sylvan Esso ‎  Sylvan Esso
The debut LP from Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn fills an obvious void. The Durham, NC duo’s fusion of quirky folk and quirky electro-pop would have otherwise been inevitably and awkwardly willed into existence, which is a good starting point for Sylvan Esso—but it’s also their endgame as well. – Pitchfork

Bring Me The Horizon ‎  Sempiternal
Bring Me the Horizon have built up an impressive following with their first three albums, but if justice is served, their latest release ‘Sempiternal’ should take them to new heights in the metal world. While fully embracing their metalcore roots, the band aims to redefine the genre with ‘Sempiternal.’ – Loudwire

Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‎  II
The Portland/New Zealand band’s second album is equal parts occasionally remarkable and frustrating, split between incredible pop songs and turgid guitar noodling with very little middle ground. – Pitchfork

Guided By Voices ‎  Bee Thousand
The cult of indie rock thrives on the unexpected discovery, and in 1994 Guided by Voices were just the sort of musical phenomenon no one figured was still out there — 30-something rock obsessives cranking out fractured guitar-driven pop tunes in a laundry room. Robert Pollard and his stable of beer buddies/backing musicians had been churning out stuff like Bee Thousand for years, but the album’s surprise critical success marked the first time the group found a significant audience outside their hometown, and it made a clear case for Guided by Voices’ virtues — as well as their flaws. – AllMusic

Various ‎  Soul Cal: Disco & Modern Soul Masterpieces 1971-1982
A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the backseat. Against the odds, they left recorded artifacts for we at Now-Again to dig out, dust off and restore. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded. – Now-Again Records

L.A. Carnival ‎  Would Like To Pose A Question
While the arrangements on Pose a Question should undoubtedly break smiles across DJs’ faces and get funk fanatics’ heads’ nodding, the lyrical content of most of these numbers sounds irrepressibly derivative of 60s idealism. In an age where even irony is coming under the gun, it’s hard to take a song titled “We Need Peace and Love” seriously– particularly when those are the number’s only lyrics. Furthermore, the album’s title track, with lyrics about the black “brotha man,” and laughably simplistic questions like, “Can we all live together one by one,” seem rather banal when heard in today’s context. Of course, you can’t fault a record for sounding like a product of its time (even if you can champion one that was ahead of it), and The L.A. Carnival’s sweet-as-can-be, three-part vocal harmonies (courtesy of Leslie Smith, Arno Lucas and Abrams) generally help the revolution go down easy for even the most jaded listener. – Pitchfork

Damon ‎  Song Of A Gypsy
Song Of A Gypsy is one of those albums which you often see brought up time and time again when people talk about missing gems from the psychedelic era. Created out of a chance collaboration, primarily, by Damon Del Conte and Charlie Carey, it’s an album normally more famous for its stories about rare appearances on eBay, rather than the quality of the music itself. – The 405



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