Georgio “the Dove’ Valentino – “Mille Plataux” – Self Released – 2×12” LP
Outrageously impressive artwork graces the covers and sleeves of this double vinyl. The music is astoundingly brilliant. It comprises of a mixture of post punk, psyche, folk and experimental rock, all of which is so interwoven and ingeniously composed that it truly impresses as a work of art. Some of the tracks are quite lengthy or are broken up into segments, much like suites in a symphony. This is a fairly unique record. In fact, its so unique that I can’t quite compare it to anything I’ve heard before. It is sure not to disappoint those looking for something new, something on the cutting edge, something out of the norm and something entrancing. (4.8 out of 5)
The Black Watch – Sugarplum Fairy Sugarplum Fairy – Pop Culture Press – CD
Coming out in January of 2015 is the newest LP by a rather prolific band. This LP is chuck full of indie pop jams that are insanely catchy and suck you in. The instrumentation and lyricism show a true talent and I’m actually kind of surprised this stuff hasn’t hit the airwaves yet. I certainly have no complaints here. If you’re fans of The Smiths and early Radiohead will enjoy this. Good stuff! Keep an eye out for this one! It should not pass under your radar! (4.7 out of 5) And yes, the Beatles reference in the title was appreciated!
Eric Funn — No More Blue Tomorrows – Self-released— digital
Recorded in a day’s session, this DIY lo-fi recorded-straight-to-cassette album will become an instant classic. Completely acoustic and brutally honest and emotional, I can’t help but think of the Mountain Goats, some of Dylan’s work and perhaps a dash of Iron and Wine, if he was a bit more on edge. The tracks tend to be about breakups and being far apart from folks you love, or at least once loved. Seriously, where was this tape when I went through some of my breakups? Honest and raw. Thanks! (4.9 out of 5)
Ghost to Falco — Soft Shield — Infinite Front and Curly Cassettes.
Released roughly a year ago, this LP mixes indie/shoegaze with elements of pop rock, folk rock and blues, creating something that sounds like a mix of Modest Mouse’s mellower side, early Mark Lanegan, and bits of the Black Keys. The lyricism here is excellent and the instrumentation is easy to get hypnotized to. Seriously, this is really good. It bums me out that this album got lost in my massive pile of submissions for so long after my computer glitched; to think I went so long without hearing this! So I’d urge you to get your copy and not wait any longer than you have to! Go get it! (4.8 out of5)
The Shivers – Charades – Keeled Scales
Reissued for the first time since its release ten years ago, this obscure album is finally seeing new life and some much needed attention. It’s quite an interesting one to say the least, especially since the opening track features reversed vocals and the rest of it rests in a misty folky valley with droplets of experimentalism, spoken word and electronic bits. Pretty far out, man. And here again are some brutally honest lyrics; there is nothing hidden here. Hard to really draw comparisons here so scope out the audio for yourself! (4.7 out of 5)