Album Reviews

Secret Sign – Fever Dance EP

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March 26, 2018
Secret Sign – Fever Dance EP

    Hey guys! It’s been a minute. So I thought, I’d come Back to The Future with this gem of EP called Fever Dance from the Toronto based band Secret Sign. Very reminiscent of some of my favourite teen 80’s movies like “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Valley Girl” (and we...
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Album review: Twin Rains – Automatic Hand

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November 16, 2016
Twin Rains - Automatic Hand

Title: Automatic Hand Artist: Twin Rains Record Label: Independent / Rough Trade distribution Date: 18 November 2016 In One Word: Escapism I knew after listening to about ten seconds of “Before” that is the kind of music that deserves an atmosphere. I plugged in and cranked my sound dock, and opened a window just a crack....
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Album review: LNZNDRF – LNZNDRF

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February 18, 2016

Title: LNZNDRF Artist: LNZNDRF Record Label: 4AD Date: 
February 2016 In one word: Vast   LNZNDRF was crafted in 2011 out of the prestige of Cincinnati rock band The National and is something of a minimalist/maximalist effort at spacey sounding indie music. The band was formed out of a need for a supporting...
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Album review: Gloomy Stars – Sadcore Trash (The Basement Tapes)

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February 18, 2016

Title: Sadcore Trash – The Basement Tapes Artist: Gloomy Stars Date: 
February 2016 In one word: Mugatu   Gloomy Stars was formed in Berlin by Cilli and Gary Sinnlos and the debut album is somewhat of an unveiling of a new, inventive genre called sadcore trash. “Trash is trash and we...
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Album review: AA Wallace – In Alpha Zones

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February 7, 2016

Title: In Alpha Zones Artist: AA Wallace Record Label: Culvert Music Date: 
January 2016 In one word: Feel   AA Wallace is full of neon lights and nylon jackets. Just a bunch of people who get home from the Michael Jackson virtual concert and decide to go glow in the dark roller-skating. It sounds...
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Album Review: Alanna Matty – Ante Meridiem

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September 18, 2014
Album Review: Alanna Matty – Ante Meridiem

Title: Ante Meridiem Artist: Alanna Matty Record Label: Independent Date: 
August 2014 In One Word: Evolved In this generation it seems as if there’s one criterion in which a solo musician lacks. The rawness and pureness of a smooth single acoustic guitar set is always soothing to the ear; however, experimenting...
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Album Review: Teenage Kicks – Spoils of Youth

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April 26, 2014
Teenage Kicks - Spoils of Youth

Title: Spoils of Youth Artist: Teenage Kicks Record Label: Rezolute Music Date: 29 April 2014 In One Word: Hopeful Toronto’s Teenage Kicks is releasing their new full-length album Spoils of Youth, following their previous EP releases such as 2012’s Be On My Side and 2011’s Rational Anthems. This new release is...
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Album review: Kat Boelskov – Divided

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April 14, 2014
Kat Boelskov - Divided

Title: Divided Artist: Kat Boelskov Record Label: Unsigned/Indepedent Release date:  March 2014 In One Word: Raw The first time I listened to Danish artist Kat Boelskov’s EP, I was ready to dismiss her as a wannabe throw back to Alanis Morrissette. The opening of her song “Movies,” reminded me so much of “You...
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Album Review: Howler – World of Joy

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March 24, 2014
Howler - World of Joy

Title: World of Joy Artist: Howler Record Label: Rough Trade Date: 25 March 2014 In One Word: Tributary As stated in the press release for Howler’s upcoming album, World of Joy, “…the record is supposed to be almost like a jukebox at some sloppy bar in Minneapolis playing things like: Thin...
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Album Review: Hands & Teeth – Before The Light

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March 4, 2014
Hands & Teeth - Before The Light

Title: Before The Light Artist: Hands & Teeth Record Label: Underground Operations  Date: 11 March 2014 In One Word: Reinvention  March 11th sees the release of the new EP, Before the Light by Toronto quartet, Hands & Teeth. Progressing from their previous independent releases, 2010’s Enjoy Your Lifestyle and 2012’s Hunting...
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