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FKA twigs - LP1

FKA twigs – LP1 Review

November 11th, 2015

I guess I’m finding myself drawn to more music in this genre somehow. I’ve been delving into artists like Banks, Grimes, Bj√∂rk, iamamiwhoami and now FKA twigs – all similar in different ways. While similar in genre, FKA twigs’s LP1 is definitely more artsy, glitchy, gimmicky, and all other things “y”.

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Kiesza – Sound Of A Woman Review

May 10th, 2015

I was never an active participant in the whole 90’s dance thing as a kid. Sure, I owned the odd Aqua, Ace of Base, or Will Smith album, but Kiesza draws inspiration more from the early 90’s house side of dance, which I almost had no exposure to besides knowing tracks from the breakout artists in the genre.

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Review

April 2nd, 2015

There’s no denying there’s a certain unexpected appeal here. So much so, it transcend genres, definitions, and preconceived notions to what kind of music I enjoy normally. This is the power of Sufjan, and the power of this beautiful, tragic, and haunting album.

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Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep Review

January 24th, 2015

Just going to get this out there: this is probably Enter Shikari’s best album to date, or at least the strongest. It’s a culmination of the greatest parts of the a genre and sound they helped to proliferate, a mash-up of post-hardcore, electronica (electronicore), and metal. It’s also got that snark and quirkiness we’ve come to expect with the band; a juxtaposition against the sometimes overbearing political lyrics.

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iamamiwhoami - Blue

iamamiwhoami – Blue Review

December 8th, 2014

This is my first look (and listen) into Jonna Lee’s work – and the moment I heard “Chasing Kites” I knew I would be in love. It’s easy to see why you may classify iamamiwhoami’s Blue with the old “synthpop” genre, rather, than the seemingly re-emerging “dream pop” label. Definitely getting vibes of 80’s movie soundtracks here – think The Neverending Story, just less orchestral.

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Broods - Evergreen

Broods – Evergreen Review

December 3rd, 2014

Broods’ Evergreen is like listening to hot air. Combine wispy synth and nasally, under breath singing. It might sound like I am using that as a detriment against this album, but actually, I quite enjoy it. Nothing is perfect though. It doesn’t always work on every track/composition for me.

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Banks - Goddess (Deluxe)

Banks – Goddess (Deluxe) Review

October 16th, 2014

If we defined Banks’ music by her genres of (P)R&B and trip hop, I would say I didn’t have much of an interest in listening to it. I’m glad I did though before simply writing her off based on labels and genres.

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LIGHTS - Little Machines

LIGHTS – Little Machines Review

September 26th, 2014

This is a slight departure from her earlier work, with a more textured, complex, electronica sound throughout. This also isn’t a bad thing as we also see the introduction of smoother compositions and deeper lyrics. There’s also a huge range of modern influences here from similar artists, including stuff sounding very similar to Lana Del Rey (Oil And Water), Katy Perry (Up We Go), Ellie Goulding (Muscle Memory), Haim (Slow Down).

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Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World Review

September 10th, 2014

There’s little evolution in sound here, because none is needed. In the 10 years since the last album, we pretty much forgot this genre and their unique sound. Coming at us again with their primordial rock aesthetics, we are delighted at the same trashing, blistering, dark, dancey, fast music and catchy lyrics we remembered fondly.

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Ladyhawke – Self Titled Review

August 28th, 2014

I have no idea how I missed out on Ladyhawke. I guess I didn’t really miss out, since I can still enjoy and listen to it objectively without any hype. Just as well, it still sounds pretty modern.

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Baths – Obsidian Review

June 6th, 2014

Hauntingly beautiful, complex, and flawed. There’s a deeply personal feeling to this Baths album from the mixture of amateurish falsettos to the presentation of these dark and mostly painful lyrics – which are of course poignantly written.

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Chiodos – Devil Review

April 15th, 2014

I was kind of scared for the fate of this album after listening to “Under Your Halo”, which was released before the album. I wanted some old-school Chiodos! The hard stuff! And while I’m glad there ended up being lots of that going on in the album, “Under Your Halo” has since actually become one of my favourite tracks on the album.

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