REVIEWS

FAMILY TREES – DREAM TALKIN 7″ (FATHER / DAUGHTER RECORDS, 2010)

Question: Do the seasons dictate the music or is it the other way around? This week, Denver hit its first extended stretch of 90 degree weather, and also, California’s Father Daughter label sent over this Brooklyn band’s debut 7″ record for us to have a listen-see. Coincidence? Probably. But as soon as I threw this …

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THE DEVIL WHALE – “YOUNG WIVES” (KILBY, 2010)

….On paper, Young Wives seems like it could fly apart at any second. A stylistic expansion, an about-face in lyrical content, an attempt to incorporate diverse instrumentation while playing looser than they ever before—all of this crowded beneath the backyard wedding tent of a six song EP. Young Wives is centrifugal in scope, keeping all …

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ROSETTA – THE DETERMINISM OF MORALITY (TRANSLATION LOSS, 2010)

In a recent and excellent interview with SLUG magazine, Rosetta guitarist Matt Weed said, “I’m getting more intentional in figuring out how you can communicate hope in the format we are using.” The format, for those unfamiliar with the Philadelphia quartet, is genre-blurring metal that relies heavily on atmospherics and soaring shoegaze-influenced guitars to create sprawling tracks that move from brutally …

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KURT VILE – SQUARE SHELLS EP (MATADOR, 2010)

Philly’s Constant Hitmaker’s 2009 release Childish Prodigy was rightly praised up and down on the TOME last year. Mr. Vile’s combination of strumming singer-songwriter looseness and blues madman howl paired with his psych-drone experimentation (ran through the ubiquitous analog fuzz of 2009) was incredibly refreshing take on the genre, yielding some immediate summer jams. Square Shells largely picks up …

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