Album Reviews


Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Animal Collective’s “The Painters”: Energetic, but not quite a standout

Animal Collective returns on The Painters — a companion EP to last year’s Painting With. The Painters is usual Animal Collective — experimental indie pop with energy, contrasted with introspection — but it’s unlikely to be a standout from their body of work. Animal Collective’s history as a band oddly parallels their pleasantly disjointed sound. Having

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Sensualizing the mundane: “Fresh Air” by Homeshake

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Homeshake released his third album, entitled Fresh Air. Its overall sound is a sexy, smooth, electric R&B vibe – but once you take the time to digest the lyrics, you realize Homeshake (what...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A true fan’s perspective on WHY?’s “Moh Lhean”

Allow me, please, a moment of myopia. To describe what WHY? is, to a fan like me, requires a trip into the first-person narrative that goes against my journalistic instincts, but will function better than fumbling for...

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

“Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)”: A warm initiation from Hand Habits

If you’ve had the pleasure this past year to catch Kevin Morby live, a petite female guitarist in his band may have caught your attention. That person was Meg Duffy. Last July, I had the pleasure of catching...

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Over the Rails with The Dig’s “Bloodshot Tokyo”

Yes, The Dig is a very nice band. They’ve won an award, in fact, for writing at least one very nice song, though, for the record, they’ve written more than one – but the exact number is...

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Let’s talk about Die Antwoord’s “Suck on This”

While Die Antwoord fans waited for the group’s September full-length release Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, the duo decided to tease audiences with the Suck on This mixtape. Released exclusively on DatPiff, the album has all of...

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Digging deep into Machinedrum’s “Human Energy”

Perhaps it’s unfair to generalize, but there are a lot — A LOT — of electronic acts out there doing roughly the same thing in roughly the same way. Like any genre in music popular enough to...

Monday, October 10th, 2016

An album as an artifact: Blonde Redhead’s expository “Masculin Féminin”

When a much-beloved band comes out with an album of re-releases and B-sides from the time before they were world-famous, it is wise to approach it with caution. Like a magical glowing orb that inexplicably lands in...

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Review of WL’s “Light Years” LP

The music of Portland’s WL has a transcendental quality. The three-piece band is releasing its second full length album Light Years which explores themes of growth, temporality, and the liminal stages of existence. Vocalist Misty Mary, guitarist Michael...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Charlotte Day Wilson debutes with “CDW”

Toronto-based soul-pop singer Charlotte Day Wilson is a psychologist for your blood pressure. Her lead single is about persevering through a crummy relationship. Another is about betrayal. And of course, the last is about being alone. Whatever...

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