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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues‎ [2011]

Fleet Foxes are one of those bands that arrived so fully formed that it was hard to imagine where they’d take their sound next, and judging by the long gap between their debut LP and the upcoming Helplessness Blues, it seems the group may have struggled with that notion some as well. The eponymous lead single from the record finds them honing their intricate baroque folk while at the same time trying out a more straightforward, lyrical approach. The most notable difference between “Helplessness Blues” and the Sun Giant/Fleet Foxes material is that frontman Robin Pecknold’s words and vocals are front and center, high in the mix. Over a surging acoustic instrumental, he sings about existential fear (“What’s my name? What’s my station? Oh, just tell me what I should do”) in a hopeful and earnest way. Some will probably call these lyrics hokey, but they’re delivered with such sincerity (and vocal warmth) that I can’t help but go along for the ride. The song is essentially two halves, and around the three-minute mark, the whole band appears, and it bursts into a more reverberant, orchestral section that just shimmers. It’s here where you remember how great these guys sound when they’re firing on all cylinders, and it’s easy to think there could be more of this kind of lovely sprawl on the record’s other tracks. -pitchfork

Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz [2010]

Posted in art pop,chamber pop,indie electronic,progressive pop by deek on October 23, 2010

Known for his genre-bending instrumentation and soulful lyricism, the Detroit-born indie rocker returns five years after his last proper album with an experimental variety of electro-orchestral folk pop songs. -metacritic

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [2010]

Posted in chamber pop,indie pop,indie rock by deek on August 16, 2010


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The National – High Violet [2010]

Posted in alternative,chamber pop,indie rock,post-punk by deek on May 29, 2010


The National is a Brooklyn-based alternative rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band’s lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf. Aaron plays guitar, bass and piano, Bryce plays guitar, Scott plays bass and guitar, and Bryan is the drummer. Their self-titled debut album “The National” (Brassland 2001) was recorded and released before they had played even a single show. They cut the album with engineer Nick Lloyd and formed a label with writer Alec Bemis, so those recordings could be released. Kerrang! magazine gave it four Ks, calling it “the stuff underground legends are made of.” The National made a second album, “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers” (Brassland/Talitres 2003). The staff was the same, though Peter Katis, who produced both Interpol records, helped produce and mix, and Australian composer Padma Newsome from Clogs collaborated on arrangements and strings. Following the first session of several for Bernard Lenoir on France’s Radio Inter, an in-between EP was released, Cherry Tree, containing what would become the blueprint for the sound on their next record and the session of Sad Song’s standout Murder Me Rachael. After these accolades and being impressed by their live show, Roger Trust signed them to Beggars Banquet.

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Owen Pallett – Heartland [2010]

Posted in chamber pop,folktronica by deek on February 15, 2010

Andrew Bird – Fitz and the Dizzyspells (EP) [2009]

Posted in chamber pop,folk rock,singer/songwriter by deek on May 27, 2009

Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor [2009]

Posted in chamber pop,folk pop,indie pop,singer/songwriter by deek on April 24, 2009

Balmorhea – All is Wild, All is Silent [2009]

Posted in chamber pop,classical,post-rock by deek on April 8, 2009

Balmorhea – Balmorhea [2007]

Posted in chamber pop,classical,post-rock by deek on April 8, 2009

Carissa's Wierd – I Before E (2004)

Posted in chamber pop,indie,indie rock by deek on March 31, 2009
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