ALBUM REVIEWS: The Drums, The Golden Filter

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STREET DATE: 09.14.10 | EMUSIC | AMAZON| INSOUND | ITUNES

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Drums - The Drums

At first, The Drums’ self-titled debut album seems like a tree in a forest full of ‘em – the sunny pop hooks, reverberant melodies, and beach friendly jams that have emerged as indie rock themes in 2010 are all present and accounted for here. Things aren’t always as they seem, though. The Drums, despite seeming British, are actually Brooklynites. The drums, despite sounding like drum machines, are actually played by The Drums. The Drums’ lyrics, despite seeming buoyant, are actually quite heavy - “It will all end in tears” and “I cannot take any more” and “I gave you everything, why do you hate me so?” (Continue Reading)

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STREET DATE: 09.14.10 | EMUSIC | AMAZON| INSOUND | ITUNES

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Golden Filter - Voluspa

The Golden Filter’s Völuspà is really really close to being an incredible album. Listen to first song “Dance Around The Fire” or first single “Solid Gold,” and you’ll see what I mean. The songs are marked by phenomenally lush instrumentation, vaguely unidentifiable exoticism, trance-inducing but catchy melodies, pulsing swells and releases. And yet – and it’s a huge yet, the type you should say with a big sigh – the album is generally disappointing. The expression “so close but yet so far” was made for Völuspà.(Continue Reading)