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Loop, "Array 1"

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cover imageWhen Robert Hampson reactivated Loop and toured after a lengthy dormancy, I was rather surprised (as were many other fans).  When the recording of new material was announced, I was shocked.  As an artist who had gone so long intentionally avoiding his return to the guitar, it is not a move I expected.  Not necessarily surprising, but definitely reassuring, Array 1 sounds exactly like Loop should sound in 2015, and the natural expansion of the sound Hampson and company perfected during their first phase.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:22

Forced Exposure New Releases for 7/27/2015

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New music is due from Omar Souleyman, Hunee, and M.E.S.H., while old music is due from Nurse With Wound, The Telescopes, Treacherous Three, and Nervous Eaters.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:12

Black Love, "Unlust"

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cover imageOstensibly a hard rock band, there is much more to Black Love lurking beneath the superficial.  Drummer Tony Cicero and Sergio Segovia’s bass (and electronics) may sound like a conventional arrangement, but David Cotner’s vocals and unconventional additions (a mule jawbone, for example), add an additional layer of depth.  Across these four songs there is more than a hint of broken romance bitterness, but with the right amount of sardonic and wry self-awareness to make it anything but trite.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:33

Flatliner, "Black Medicine"

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cover imageAs much of a showcase for vintage synthesizers as it is an EP of dance beats, the duo of Flatliner have complied this showcase of their combined collection of prized gear, but work those instruments into strong and memorable songs, rather than just collections of classic noises.  Adam Fangsrud and Jesse Strait present four distinct pieces on Black Medicine that all have their own specific mood and identity, but also blend together thematically, resulting in a diverse yet cohesive release.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:31

Swans, "Filth" (deluxe reissue)

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cover imageEven with their reappearance in the past five years, the earliest days of Swans are the ones that are often cited as the most important and essential.  It almost is a perfect example of the hipster cliché of "Oh I only like their EARLY material (or pre-Jarboe)".  The fact is that Swans were amazing from their inception to today, and whatever stylistic shifts they made were brilliant, if sometimes drastic and unexpected.  Amidst their always-expanding touring and recording schedules, Michael Gira has initiated a reissue campaign, beginning with an expanded version of their debut, Filth.  A template for most heavy music that has followed, the originator is still peerless, and could be released today and be just as deserving of the accolades and admiration it has received since 1983.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:18
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