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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong [2011]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop,noise pop,shoegaze by deek on April 25, 2011

Currently the “Best Band With The Worst Name” title holder, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart debuted in 2009 as a twee indie-rock act whose sound owed more than a little to Belle And Sebastian. But Pains showed a stronger propensity for rock, which explains the band’s choice of producer Flood (U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails) and mixer Alan Moulder (The Jesus And Mary Chain, Ride, My Bloody Valentine) for the new Belong. Those guys specialize in big rock sounds, and that’s exactly what Belong delivers in its opening track, “Belong,” which resembles the Pumpkins’ “Today” in its guitar dynamics. The guitars are also gloriously huge on “Even In Dreams,” and “Girl Of 1,000 Dreams” has a Jesus And Mary Chain ferocity, but Belong still has plenty of nuance. Flood also worked with Erasure quite a bit, so synthesizer-heavy songs like “The Body” and “My Terrible Friend”—which would have fit on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack—don’t feel out of place. Those songs, as well as the atmospheric “Anne With An E,” actually suit guitarist-vocalist Kip Berman’s breathy voice better than their more rocking siblings. “Heart In Your Heartbreak,” a perfect example of Pains as a more rocking Belle And Sebastian, hits Berman’s sweet spot vocally. More than anything, Belong shows ambition, with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart clearly aiming for something bigger—a bigger sound, may be a bigger audience. It nailed the sound part. A larger audience seems inevitable. -avclub

Guards – S/T EP [2010]

Posted in indie,lo-fi,noise pop by deek on December 8, 2010

No Age – Everything In Between [2010]

Posted in experimental rock,noise pop,noise rock,post-punk by deek on August 29, 2010

 

Recorded in Los Angeles from the end of 2009 and into 2010, Everything in Between is the new album from No Age, the duo of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall. They emerged from former band Wives in 2005, to become No Age, worldwide glowing talismans for the DIY art-punk scene in LA […] And Everything in Between is a bold step in their creative evolution. It is a culmination of reflecting upon life’s ruptures and triumphs; the process of moving through these moments banged and bruised, yet better off for the wear and tear. They’ve pushed themselves in challenging and different directions, deconstructing their weird-out pop songs while still maintaining their original aesthetic and intent. Everything in Between sees No Age expand on the emotional force at the core of their catchy song-writing through tone, structure, noise, and samples. And, it’s their best record yet.

Black Tambourine – Black Tambourine (complete compilation) [2010]

Posted in noise pop,shoegaze,twee pop by deek on August 25, 2010

 

Though they only released a handful of songs during their two-year lifetime, Black Tambourine has been hugely influential in the world of indie music. Welding classic pop to waves of guitar noise, they wore their influences on their sleeves: The Jesus & Mary Chain, of course, but also folks like Phil Spector, Smokey Robinson, Love, The Ramones, Shop Assistants, The Pastels, 14 Iced Bears, Orange Juice and the list goes on… Their dark, dreamy sound was consonant with the shoegaze sounds of the day, but the classic 60s-influenced songwriting and Pam’s standout vocals give their tunes a timeless appeal.

Women – Public Strain [2010]

Posted in indie rock,lo-fi,noise pop,post-punk by deek on August 14, 2010


Back in the glory days of 2008, some scrappy Calgary boys going by the name of Women put out a much-loved self-titled debut. So loved, in fact, that it ended up at a respectable #17 on TMT’s 2008 year-end list. But that’s all in the past, because it is 2010 and Women are releasing a second LP by the name of Public Strain on September 28. Like last year’s re-released version of Women’s self-titled debut, Public Strain will be coming out via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. And like every version of Women’s debut, the new record was produced by ex-busker genius Chad VanGaalen. When you’ve got the watchful eye of VanGaalen looking over you, you know things are going to be good. By good, I mean, noisy and fuzzy and warmly hooky and, yeah, probably also good. -tinymixtapes

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Sleigh Bells – Treats [2010]

Posted in dance-pop,electronic,lo-fi,noise pop by deek on May 29, 2010


The initial meeting between Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells sounds almost like a scene out of a movie: He was working at a Brooklyn, NY restaurant during the summer of 2008; she, a fifth grade public school teacher, was one of his customers and by chance they started talking about music. A mere week later they were recording together and thus, Sleigh Bells were formed. To make matters even more interesting, the two come from very different musical backgrounds, with Derek playing hardcore in the Florida-based band Poison the Well for six years, and Alexis being part of a pop group during her teens. Their differences seem to have merged though as their current music is a bit of a mix between soft and hard. What really got my attention though were the beats. Upon first hearing their EP 2HELLWU I couldn’t help but wonder what hot shot hip-hop producer these two had teamed up with. Tracks such as ”Infinity Guitars” and “Holly” sound almost like The Kills produced by The Neptunes, while the title track and the sweet “Ring Ring” are much more laid back. The producing is all Derek’s doing though and according to him, “everything starts with and revolves around a beat; vocal melodies and guitar lines sometimes reinforce a kick pattern”. He also claims to still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to producing, but considering how good it sounds now it can only get better. -last.fm


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Sleigh Bells – Sleigh Bells [2009]

Posted in lo-fi,noise pop by headlessclown on March 21, 2010

Air Formation – Nothing To Wish For (Nothing To Lose) [2010]

Posted in noise pop,shoegaze by deek on February 25, 2010



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Air Formation hail from Sussex in the south of England. They are Matt Bartram (vocals, guitar), Ben Pierce (bass), Richard Parks (keyboards), James Harrison (drums) & Ian Sheridan (Guitar). The band has been creating uplifting song based space-rock since late 1999. Born out of a love for ‘Flying Saucer Attack’ and the likes of ‘Spacemen 3’ & ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’ Air Formation create songs awash with heavily delayed guitar and feedback, interwoven with keyboard drones and whispered vocals. Over the past 7 years the band has released two albums ‘Ends in Light’ (Drive-In Records 2002) & ‘Stay Inside/ Feel Everything’ (Clairecords 2004,) alongside numerous other releases. The turning point for the band came in 2005 when they recorded the beautiful ‘57 Octaves Below’ EP with legendary producer Pat Collier (The House of Love). As well as being their first recording with an expanded line up it was also their first release on UK label ‘Club AC30’ and was extremely well received…… ‘’57 Octaves Below’ is simply astonishing, as each track could hold its own as a formal “A side” among any peers both past and present. Remarkable. 9/10’‘Drowned In Sound. In the summer of 2006 the band returned to Pat Collier and recorded the new album ‘Daylight Storms’. This album was released by Club AC30 in February 2007. In November 2008 they released a new 7” “Things that don’t exist / Fires” on Distant Noise Records.

Pavement – Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement [2010]

Posted in alternative,indie pop,indie rock,lo-fi,noise pop,noise rock by deek on February 21, 2010

Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Parallelograms Split 7″ [2008]

Posted in indie,noise pop by umwut on January 20, 2010
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