Review: Andrew Bryant – This is the Life
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Review: Andrew Bryant – This is the Life

Life’s itch strikes us all, urging the release of our interior monologues. Be it impulsiveness or an unconscious drive, those who heed the call by singing out from distant corners, attempting to answer their own questions, are the ones for me. Battling such cognitive drama, Water Liars drummer Andrew Bryant lays his mental strands bare … Continue reading

Review: John Calvin Abney – Better Luck
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Review: John Calvin Abney – Better Luck

Belying his tender age, singer/songwriter John Calvin Abney opens his debut LP, Better Luck, with a skiffle beat on “Stepladder.” Weaving in amongst electric guitar, Calvin toys with convention a la Dylan plugging in. The Oklahoma native continues to confound expectations throughout Better Luck, from the dramatic assignation of the folkish “Scarecrow” and the affected … Continue reading

Review: RFA – Freaking Out
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Review: RFA – Freaking Out

Collegiate cool from Philadelphia’s RFA (Really Fast Automobiles). The baby-faced garage quartet bring a WD40-polished touch to their three-song EP, Freaking Out. Bearing early-aughts’ touch points, Freaking Out happily lacks any hipster cachet. The anxious title track underlines the redundancy of life from a pre-professional mindset while the childish sentiment of the aptly-titled “Teenage Love … Continue reading

Review: Christy Hays – O’ Montana
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Review: Christy Hays – O’ Montana

Singer/songwriter Christy Hays shows her roots on her brief but beautiful new EP, O’ Montana. The midwest-born Hays, who now calls Austin, Texas home, traverses the miles between the two, culling musical rhythms along the way. From the zydeco-tinged opener “Am I Tired” to the Texas woodshed fiddle of “Rita Blanca,” escapism and uncoupling dot … Continue reading

Review: Hold/Transfer – Hold/Transfer
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Review: Hold/Transfer – Hold/Transfer

Indebted to British post-punk ranging from Bauhaus to Chapterhouse, Michael Taggart of Boston sons American Thread — who recently released their sophomore album, Songs in the War — has come forth with Kurt Lusas on his own project, Hold/Transfer. Opening with the bobbing instrumental, “New Strangers,” emotions swirl, sparking various sensory perceptions. The power of … Continue reading

Review: I’m Kingfisher – Avian
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Review: I’m Kingfisher – Avian

With a trio of solo albums under his own name and now two under his latest guise, Sweden’s Thomas Jonsson has delivered Avian, his second release as I’m Kingfisher. Eschewing the American perception of Swedish musical fare, Jonsson began building a solid foundation using the American indie-folk oeuvre with 2005’s Barely Touching It and 2007’s The Lake Acts Like … Continue reading

Review: Daniel Markham – Pretty Bitchin’
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Review: Daniel Markham – Pretty Bitchin’

A reluctant soul, Daniel Markham spends the bulk of time recusing himself from society and relationships on his latest opus, Pretty Bitchin’. Forever juggling his penchant for doom rock with the more polished sound of mid-’90s alternative pop, Markham channeled his heroes in REM on 2013’s Ruined My Life; this time around, Markham opts for … Continue reading

Review: Emma Swift – Emma Swift
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Review: Emma Swift – Emma Swift

Released on 1 August, the self-titled debut EP from singer/songwriter Emma Swift shows her native Australia is ahead of the curve. Nominated by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for Best Country Album only two months after its release, Emma Swift sits alongside releases from luminaries such as Keith Urban and Kasey Chambers, the latter … Continue reading