Ritual Union is Swedish band Little Dragon’s third album. It easily falls into the category trip hop with experimental sounds, beats, and R&B like vocals. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano has an amazing range and a wandering R&B style of singing. It has feelings of R&B, hip hop, and soul,...
Music Genre: Pop
With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even...
This is a beautiful and exciting album. Future Islands is categorized as neo-romantics and it’s fitting for the dramatic vocals and endearing lyrics of Samuel T. Harring. The songs are each their own masterpieces and I feel their music strikes a nerve in a moving way. It’s raw and edgy and...
I can't say enough about Chelsea Wolfe. I love all of her albums and she's amazing live. Her sound is deep, melodic, dramatic, and mysterious. This is her fourth album and all of the songs are as captivating as any of her other work. The album to me is special because I could listen to it over...
Austra has a dark pop, electronic, dramatic sound with a strong female vocalist. This album to me has a polished, finished feel and each song has depth and variety. It's intriguing throughout and at times danceable.
Burial has become one of my favorite bands as they combine many elements of rhythm in one of my favorite sprawling genres ambient. It has the feeling of trance but also has glitch beats, definitely could be categorized as experimental. The vocals are emotive leaning on r&b, but are...
I love this album. I found it eclectic in sound, synthesizing many different musical influences in a unique and imaginative album. It’s obvious in the music, Claire Boucher (Grimes) is incredibly talented and willing to take a risk, and the result of this album is magic, it’s as moving as...
Working again with Richard Swift, Jurado continues leave his folky singer/songwriter past for psychedelic pop and rock. I've been going to see Jurado play for almost 15 years now and never could I have imagined his level of creativity keeping up for this long, but this is one of the...
Chelsea Wolfe's music sounds like what would be sung at a church in hell, because it is lovely, but also sort of scary. Wolfe's voice is haunting but her songs are full of harmonies. She has roots in folk music, but is also skilled at making guitars drone and sound distorted.
Whenever I hear Nick Cave sing I assume he is trying to summon satan. And I do mean that in the best way... To me it seems he is trying to summon a strange and frisky devil, rather than an evil one. His music is sadly eerie and darkly beautiful, but playful enough to not be considered flat-out...
This is the strangest, most untraditional Iggy Pop record. Préliminaires is reminiscent of early Serge Gainsbourg, as well as 1930s era Louis Armstrong. Pop seems to be paying tribute to more quiet and diverse musical styles than his usual punk rock, including swamp rock, jazz, and...
A bluegrass-playing friend recommended Haim to me over a year ago, but when I played one of their tracks, I was so taken aback their immediately apparent non-bluegrass sound, that I quickly stopped it in disgust. It was the musical equivalent to accidently putting anti-itch ointment on...
Three Days is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. His voice is so soulful.
This is my one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far. Sure they ransack every sound from the late 60s and early 70s (most obviously Sgt. Pepper era Beatles and the Velvet Undergroud) but they do it well and with a freshness that doesn't leave you feeling swindled.
I have a crush on Alela Diane. Hailing from Portland, OR, she’s a stunning storyteller, her songs painting gentle landscapes of love and nature. Her voice is lilting, both slick and scuffed, and is layered amidst steel strings and mandolin melodies. It's difficult to label her musical style, but...
In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach. The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them. A solidly pleasing debut.
Ariel Pink might be an acquired taste for some, but this is an album that still sounds as great as the first day I heard it. Breezy 70's anthems that sound like they are being projected to earth from a distant planet. The album is full of songs recorded in an interesting way with lots of...
I don't really know how to describe this... part electronic, part dub, part rock. All I can say is that I loved it. Innovative, interesting and fun.
Don't love all of this but parts make my heart sing, sadly, but sing nonetheless. Sweet.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket as Yim Yames' cover of George Harrison tunes expressed sweetly and sadly.
Part Tom Waits, part Loney Dear, part Shins? Love it.
Eef Barzelay introduced me to Clem Snide. I do like these odd names but it's not why I love this album.
Ever so relaxing - perfect for a summer evening at home.
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