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"The feverish buzz of lead single and album opener “Cheap Talk” sets the tone for the album with two and a half minutes of sharp vocals and distorted guitars. The track leads smoothly into the fuzzy “Hot Water” and the high-octane “Nod to the Devil”, both of which show off the band’s 70s inspired guitar technique."
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“The four track EP, which has remixes from The Ocean Floor,Purse Candy, Daniel Rafn, and Apache Jackson, serves well as both an appetite whetter for DoublePlusGood (have you ever knowingly listened to a remix and not wondered what the original song sounded like?) and an excellent parting gift for anyone who’s already spent some time with the original album. Perhaps most importantly, however, You Can Remaster Life is a pretty solid showcase of Portland’s sonically diverse underground pop talent.”
”’Old Hope’ is music to daydream to; it’s music to narrate crappy weather and deep-rooted, unexplained sadness. But De Augustine recorded these songs in his bedroom — a soft hum of ambient noise underscores his lilting voice, suggesting that there is some kind of comfort to be found beneath a downtrodden veneer.”
“While the Eliott Smith touchstones were evident on that track, this one is dead on from the guitar work all the way down to the slight strain in the vocals. It is absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t imagine a more perfect time than autumn for a song like this.”
“We knew rather than being poor and try to make something on a computer, it was better to try to do it by learning how to use tape machines and do it that way, which has helped us learn how to record with ease in the studio and finally have that great experience we deserved instead of recording on broken karaoke machines.”
“Smack me in the face with an Elliott Smith tape. Bury me in Nick Drake box sets. And play “Old Hope” again. The wispy, there-and-gone track from the LA newcomer Angelo De Augustine’s forthcoming debut album, Spirals of Silence, takes me back to the classics and gives me hope there’ll always be new gems.”
Sometimes you just want to rock, late ’70s style with big in-your-face riffs — the kind that sound best blaring out of a car stereo on a long strip of highway. If you’re currently in that mood, Seattle quartet Fox and the Law have what you’re looking for. The band’s new album, Stoned to Death, has it in heavy spades, with splatterings of sludge and psych. (We’ll not say the G word but they are from the Emerald City.) The album’s out next week (10/21) but you can stream the whole thing RIGHT HERE ON BROOKLYN VEGAN!!
“It’s packed with melancholic energy, a heady dream of a track that floats in the ether with plenty of tiny sparkling synth sounds and wavy keyboard notes. Delisle’s sweet harmonies ring for long intervals in the back-and-forth sway of the song.”
“On Nov. 4, Saint Saviour (a.k.a. Becky Jones) releases her latest album, ‘In the Seams,’ via Surface Area. Full of gorgeous musical arrangements, the album’s power is rooted in the voice of its singer; Jones’ utterances are built on a foundation of sincere honesty, making them staggeringly beautiful.”