REVIEWS

RICKOLUS – YOUNGSTER (CIRCLE INTO SQUARE, 2010)

about childhood. Thematically, Youngster, doesn’t tackle the topic as a tangible object per se, but rather as a memory filtered through the perception of a young man awkwardly lurching into adulthood. I certainly can relate. Youngster succeeds in making Richard Colado’s (aka Rickolus) personal recollections of specific childhood events universally applicable every-kid activities by embedding simple, childlike melodies into …

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MARKUS MEHR – LAVA (HIDDEN SHOAL, 2010)

The Pace is Glacial was both the title of Seam’s 1998 album and an obvious in-joke describing nineties slowcore band’s propensity for writing molasses slow songs. Markus Mehr’s aptly titled Lava is cut from the same cloth, an apt title as well as a transparent jab at his wandering, ambient compositions. Mehr builds monoliths out of buzzing, oscillating swells of …

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KOES PLUS – DHEG DHEG PLAS (SUBLIME FREQUENCIES, 2010)

Koes Plus, Indonesia’s most beloved pop music treasure, has an incredibly interesting history. Aside from the fact that this is a 70’s Indonesian band unmistakably influenced by the British Invasion and that they were successful and popular enough to record over 40 albums during the 70s alone and spawn dozens of tribute bands over the …

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DEREK ROGERS / SPARKLING WIDE PRESSURE – MINOR PHASE PATTERN (KIMBERLY DAWN, 2010)

I feel a little guilty reviewing this, as the release from the 3″ CD-r label Kimberly Dawn Recordings is (perhaps unsurprisingly and indeed unfortunately) already sold out of its limited run of 50 copies, and the only place I’ve been able to track down that has even but a five-minute excerpt from the piece is a YouTube …

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HEINALI AND MATT FINNEY – LEMONADE EP (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

Matt Finney, who made up one half of this years most startling discoveries Finneyerkes, is back with another bout of spoken word from the economically, spiritually and emotionally crushed everyman. This time, however, he is paired with Ukrainian musician/soundscapist Heinali. The dramatically heavier and ominous tones of Heinali’s electronically manipulated industrial/post-rock replaces Randy Yerkes’ skeletal passages and underscores the …

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PATRICK PORTER – BACHELOR PAD BLUE, BENT PANTS & STRAY CATS (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

Patrick Porter is one of those rare artists. He’s a brilliant poet, a published writer, accomplished painter (word is that the drummer from Slipknot bought a ton of his work… which makes little sense to me. Even more perplexing is Porter’s claim that he threw bananas at the band during the transaction), and a great songwriter. He’s …

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JULIAN LYNCH – MARE (OESB, 2010)

Mare, although we are a month late on it, feels like a mid-summer nights birthday party; a celebration, a gift, an often overlooked cultural event. The native New Jersy-ian (and bffs with Real Estate, Ducktails, etc..) and current ethnomusicology grad student at the University of Wisconson-Madison has created an astute bedroom-pop album fixated on ambience and texture but …

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