Month: September 2019

FIME – “JERK PRACTICE”

Marrying the downcast tunefulness of bands like Yo La Tengo and 13 Rods with moments of thrilling shoegaze sheen, Fime’s “Jerk Practice” is a soft focus, low-budget/high-concept tracking shot through manufactured landscapes and Fime’s floating, disembodied heads. The lush atmospherics and longing in Maxine Garcia’s voice – while still steering commanding leads – is a …

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DANIEL SOHN – “DREAMBOAT

An ethereal chamber-pop earworm, “Dreamboat” pulls melodies from a delicate guitar and heavily augmented auto-tuned vocals. An expertly produced woozy, disorienting production finds Sohn’s voice filling all available space from keyed up vocal lines that interpose as melodic fragments, to choral phrasings that introduce a strong melodic hook. The deliberate ornateness of this track (albeit …

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AMPARO – “TOSKA”

How does the Arizona desert sound in memory and filtered through the wooded expanses of Sweden? Amparo’s new EP “Dark Sky City” poses those questions as a move from Tuscon to Gothenburg transposes the desert’s stoic architecture across distance and time. Amparo’s deft acoustic guitar work still rings with Sun Belt twang while melancholy slide-guitar …

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