REVIEWS

NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS – THE CENTAURI AGENT (VULPIANO, 2010)

The skinny: Mehdi Ameziane and Solange Gularte, a couple of French bookworms who met in their university library in 1997, have been releasing music under the Natural Snow Buildings moniker since 1998. Their music was first called to my attention by the good folks at Aquarius Records, who had already been following the two for several years. They’ve been …

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KEITH CANISIUS – THIS TIME IT’S OUR HIGH (DARLA, 2010)

As the four song EP Openness is Dreaminess & Everything in Between’s title would suggest Keith Canisius always had affinity for the psychedelics of the early 90’s shoegaze crowd. While pulling equally from the hushed vocal complexity of the Cocteau Twins and the divebomb guitars of Ride, it was clear that Canisius was crushing hard on the Madchester nouveau-hippie scene …

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JUNIOR LOW – HEAVY (BRIDGETOWN, 2010)

The nineties would have sounded much different if My Bloody Valentine were given their proper comeuppance in 1991. If teenagers started putting Kevin Shields posters up in their room, sitting stoned and alone in their parent’s basements piling layers and layers of manipulated guitar noise on top of each other until they seeped up through the floor boards of …

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LEVEK – 7″ (FATHER / DAUGHTER RECORDS, 2010)

Levek’s 7″, recently released on the excellent Father/Daughter Records, is solid. Solid, like musically astute solid. But more “solid” in the way Curtis Mayfield says it, or solid like I imagine Daryl from the Office says it. “Solid” surpasses any need for adjectives, it is a nod, a wink, a reassuring acknowledgment that the groove is tight. Levek is that kind of …

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BIKINI – RIPJDS (LEFSE, 2010)

Bikini is “Sallinger on MDMA” according to their press sheet. Statements like this have the tendency to run amuck on the interwebs, eliciting a cross-armed “hrrumph” from those either on MDMA or on Sallinger. It is clear, however, that the cross-continental duo composed of Nigel Diamond and Oliver Bonnard are on both. Bonnard’s prep-school background and hyper-modernist lines trade barbs with Diamond’s blunted, four on the …

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PROBLEMS THAT FIX THEMSELVES – SECONDS (ALREADY DEAD, 2010)

Amateurism may be the only escape from the tyranny of culture. I am not saying that Joshua Tabbia’s bedroom noise manipulations are terribly done or that Tabbia isn’t an ace musician, all I’m saying is that Problems That Fix Themselves tape destructions are do not adhere to any “professional” rules regarding style or aesthetic beyond their limited means of …

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