James Blake – s/t

James Blake – s/t

James Blake

prettymuchamazing.com:

Perhaps it’s the feeling that there is something that exists right outside the boundary of this music – a sort of parallel universe that is only hinted to in the actual songs, left to be discovered by the listener. Songs like “Why Don’t You Call Me” and “I Mind” start and end notes and syllables midway through, rather than letting them organically start and end, as if there’s no time to waste in getting the note to sound. The result feels sublimely incomplete, as if the entirety was just never meant to be finished.

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Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon - Mean Rich Mud

igloomag.com:

Exillon’s Mean Rich Mud is one of the more refreshing electronic releases that have hit these ears as of late. Embracing the sound of classic IDM, Exillon’s Jay Fields infuses this six track EP with healthy doses of acid, electro, and dubstep. Styles are mixed up within the tracks so things are in constant state of change. This all adds up to a sound that is engaging, dynamic, and very danceable.

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Mother Mother – Eureka

Mother Mother – Eureka

Mother Mother - Eureka

prettymuchamazing.com:

Invites you to listen either on a November day when you want to feel that cool air against your face, or a summer road-trip south on California’s Highway One. Do not be turned off by the more abstract lyrics and titles. Eureka is accessible; you will like it for the catchy, gentle melodies, the dreaminess instead of dreariness found in even the most melancholy of songs on the album, the male-female vocal combination, and the right arrangement of drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar throughout.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

cokemachineglow.com:

It’s not so surprising the Rural Alberta Advantage are creating this kind of buzz given the Elephant 6 in the room—the aesthetic similarities to indie-BFF Neutral Milk Hotel are more than conspicuous, and put the band squarely in Rock Plaza Central OMG! NMH-revivalist territory. In fact, it’s curious that so few reviews have noted the stylistic overlap between the two Toronto buzz bands, particularly given the similarity between Rock Plaza Central’s lead warbler Chris Eaton and the Rural Alberta Advantage’s own Nils Edenloff. And like Rock Plaza Central’s terrific Are We Not Horses? (2006), Hometowns‘s juxtaposition of country twang and abrasive bombast—mixed in with the ideas of other Neutral Milk Hotel-revivalists like Beirut and Okkervil River—will certainly satisfy any desires you have for more of the same.

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Minotaur Shock – Maritime

Minotaur Shock – Maritime

minotaur shock-maritime

prefixmag.com:

David Edwards’s newly minted disco folktronica, as easily aligned with Sufjan Stevens as Aphex Twin, is a little bit very crazy. Not that deejays shouldn’t read melodramatic 1930s novels, but when Edwards cited du Maurier as a serious influence on his album, the royal “we” were a little, uh, surprised. Does he spray himself with violet perfume too?
Taking the ocean as a foundation for rhythm, Maritime offers a deeply narcotic and glamorous epic tale of the sea. And du Maurier seems apt as the calm push and pull of the waves emerges, and the odd creak of the ship’s deck materializes in foreboding oboes and clarinets.

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Guts – Le Bienheureux

Guts – Le Bienheureux

Guts - Le Bienheureux

ravemagazine.com:

With Le Bienheureux, Guts joins that company, providing an album of sunny, old-school urban beats complemented with some skilful sampling work (see the downbeat jazz of Narco Trip, or the Gary-Farmer-quoting-William-Blake sample from Dead Man that provides Endless Night with its title). This album’s highlights are great – see Triple J fodder And The Living Is Easy for proof – but, unfortunately, much of the album is pure, unaccompanied beats and melodies

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Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 - All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

chaindlk.com:

‘There’s No More Isolation’ might be one of my favorite tracks on the album, for although it uses many of the previous elements employed by Autoclav1.1, it all seems to come together here like magic. Andy Davis had a hand in the (additional) beats and electronics on this one, but I can’t tell where or how. Rachel Haywire’s only contribution to ‘This Town’ is the opening vocal phrase, ‘This is a fictional slumber.’ I like the bold distorted line guitar l which carries part of the melody. I’m reminded of William Orbit here. ‘Some Subtle Inebriation’ is backed with woozy filtered synth pads (courtesy of Don Hill, no doubt) synth voices and dense strings, but once again there is that sequenced simple piano melody, which is getting a little old by now.

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Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

latimesblogs.latimes.com:

If Mogwai hadn’t been inching toward experimental metal before, it is now. There still are uplifting hints of indie slow pop lurking around its seventh studio album, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” the sort of requisite sounds one hears when watching TV dramas about football-playing teenagers in Texas or Prius commercials directed during the Obama campaign, but there are also brief glimpses of ’70s sludge — and it is refreshingly wonderful. As an instrumental band, it would only make sense that Mogwai would arrive here eventually. There is only so much strumming and twinkling an outfit can do before its needs to axe it up or fuzz it out.

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Daniel David Allen – From Schaumburg to Union Station (multiple videos)

Daniel David Allen posted a series of very relaxing videos showing a train ride from Schaumburg to Union Station in Chicago from multiple angles. Daniel writes in the video description and subsequent comments that he was in a front-facing caboose and used his phone propped on a window ledge to take the videos. Each video/angle has different accompanying music.

Schaumburg to Western Ave (facing forwards)

Western Ave to Union Station (facing forwards), my favorite

More videos and angles after the break.
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Nosaj Thing – Drift

Nosaj Thing – Drift

nosaj thing - drift

pitchfork.com:

This magpie ear for odd, leftfield sounds is Drift’s most explicit link to glitch-hop. The endlessly pinging synthesizer on “Light #1” seems to careen off every available surface, while it’s companion “Light #2” builds from a prism of Tron-like laser blurts. Chung clearly relishes a good rug-pulling, and he plays a thousand little tricks on your senses throughout the record– breathing sounds fluttering high in the mix, echoing, hall-of-mirrors synthesizers.

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