The ex-Parts & Labor man brings us a joyful little geode of an album – a 38-minute pocket of melodies that cluster, sparkle, and spike.
Passion Pit’s choruses keep returning to this otherplace, this plateau above and outside the various sonic languages and quirks of their verses. Where the vocals stretch out, warpdriven, colours flying past and blurring into white.
It’s a pure vapour of everything that made the 1980s musically thrilling, the excruciating byproducts left behind. Basically, it elevates an already great band to the altitude of Good Vibe Heaven: thank the party gods, they’re still flyin’, still.
The fourth long-player from the Baltimore duo is beautiful for the same reasons as its predecessors, writes Meryl Trussler.
The Platonic ideal of indiepop albumness: a glorious curation of that which makes us lonely, speccy, woolly bastards melt into our own tea; with horns, glocks, reverb, a sticky-sweet English accent and the occasional wall of driving, bliss-drizzled guitars.
The results are stunning, and absolutely merit a reissue a mere six years later – you know, just in case you’d forgotten what a bad-ass nugget of experimental brilliance this album is.
Primed with a dirt and a darkness that even Roxanne Clifford’s schoolgirl lilt can’t shake. Veronica Falls’ eagerly awaited debut contains all the acidity of Orange Juice and less of the sugar. Stream the entire album in full, exclusive to The Line Of Best Fit.
The long awaited return of Jens Lekman sees the Swedish wunderkind in confrontational mode – with himself. Meryl Trussler reviews.
Dreams Come True feels like a faraway, hollowed-out cavern in which to make lonely noises, and what results is as beautiful as lonely noises can be. Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor offers up his first length solo outing. Meryl Trussler reviews.
Can Slow Club hit the big time with album number two? Aiming for the jugular with a bigger and more bombastic sound, Meryl Trussler is left feeling slightly short-changed.
Portland nerd Jona Bechtolt’s “cross-disciplinary experiment” YACHT (est. 2002) continues to widen in scope, but not quite in heart.
Outbreeding sees Broughton ripping away from the beaten path, frothing at the mouth, scrabbling for enlightenment in a new stretch of earth. Meryl Trussler reviews.
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