Saturday, October 21, 2017
When Hex came out, almost 25 years ago, it was reviewed by journalist Simon Reynolds who coined the term "post-rock" to describe Bark Pyschosis's sound. Relying more on tone and texture, muted but complex percussive layers, and a mood over melody and hooks, the band created this watershed album that groups have used as a touchstone ever since. Recently reissued on vinyl in a beautiful 2LP 45rpm pressing (currently sold out online but we have one copy at the store), this is an essential bit of music history.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
The lead up to Phoebe Bridgers' debut album has been spotlit by praise from NPR who said she may be "2017's best new artist." Her confessional lyricism and hushed delivery crosswire 70s singer songwriter gauziness with the whip smart assertiveness of the best end of century indie intelligentsia. Stranger in the Alps even has a dope Mark Kozelek cover... so there's that too.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Today is a little gray, with the distant hint of bite in the air. Perfect weather and colour for the new Billow Observatory - II: Plains/Paterns. The duo is made up of Detroit's Jason Kolb (Auburn Lull) and Denmark's Jonas Munk (Manual), and this is their first release since their self-titled effort 5 years ago, which sold out worldwide. This time around the ambient sweep of their sound is given a little more of a pulse, which is perfect if you are hoping to slowly wind up or slowly wind down for/from a cool autumn day. We have the album both on vinyl (only 300 copies worldwide) and CD.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Asthmatic Kitty. It's a hushed affair that brings together the best parts of Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. If autumn early mornings have a sound, we suggest it goes something like this.