REVIEWS

EVAN CAMINITI – WEST WINDS (THREE LOBED, 2010)

Evan Caminiti, who also makes music in a band by the name of Barn Owl, has created this year’s ultimate must-have recording. Not “one of.” This is required listening/experiencing/loving/living/dying music. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it’s also the most viscerally visual. West Winds is violent landscapes, soaring eagles, burrowing wildlife, all represented in monstrously crunchy guitar feedback …

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SUUNS – ZEROES EP (SECRETLY CANADIAN, 2010)

A first listen of Suun’s debut EP can be frustratingly misleading. While there may be some merit to labeling Suuns as a band desperately reaching for the minimal-terrorist throne that Clinic, Suicide, Can have been occupying nigh in the yonder heavens. There certainly is plenty of ammunition for this idea. The first  mangled synthesizer bleating on album opener “Disappearance …

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YELLOW OSTRICH – FADE CAVE EP (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

The great and wonderful Kennel District shared this amazing artist with me just a few short weeks ago, starting with the jaw-droppingly beautiful Fade Cave EP, and already Wayne, Maine native and recent New York transplant Alex Schaaf (a.k.a. Yellow Ostrich) has released two more EP’s in its wake for your listening enjoyment—a collection of songs inspired by Morgan Freeman’s wikipedia page (which …

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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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