Movement is an auditory feast. It’s no Bob Dylan but then John Lennon was no Kraftwerk, you know what I mean?
Is it Gem’s frozen nature that makes me feel encased in glass? Or is it my own detachment that keeps me from finding a way in?
Shields is a city album. It functions as a nice urban version of Fleet Foxes — a sound born out of concrete rather than forests, glass instead of rivers, subways instead of trails.
This is what it feels like to be alive in 2012 — connected to everything and more isolated than ever.
Keep your ears tuned to the small towns. The future of music is living in South Dakota.
If this is ambient then it is surly ambient, background music that won’t do as it’s told.
Bon Iver is hazier than you expect. It is lost and narcoticized, simultaneously desperate and asleep.
Thus, dear Rikki, I’ve taken to the laws of propositional calculus. Get your think on.
Kaputt is a dark city with no easy escape routes. Washed-out horns blow sorrowfully into the night.
1. “(INSERT FEMALE ROCK/POP MUSICIAN’S NAME HERE), THE BAD GIRL OF ROCK…” Description: Virtually every female musician who dyes her hair ‘punk’ colors and/or makes vaguely ‘rebellious’ (or quasi-feminist) pronouncements is saddled with this phrase in music reviews or featured interviews. This travesty of words has been going on since The Slits, and most notoriously [...]
There’s something very early 80s Eno, or Phillip Glass about all this. Laurie Anderson, even. Doubtless some will dismiss the eerie simplicity and modernity of this music as a joke, or figure it to be ‘not music’. If this is not music then I don’t want to be a music critic. I’m living in the wrong [...]