ALBUM REVIEW: The Walkmen - Lisbon
Since their 2002 debut “Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone,” New York/Philadelphia based The Walkmen have discreetly evolved, with each recording becoming more subtle and simplistic, stripping their music down to the bare essentials. 2008's noteworthy You & Me sounds eons away since their inception as a band, yet it is merely a transitional record from its predecessor, A Hundred Miles Off. Ergo, after hearing Lisbon, the band's sixth LP in eight years, it shouldn't surprise anyone that it is the most straightforward record the ensemble has ever come out with. The Walkmen have always been keen on using vintage instruments like grand pianos and various sorts of brass; Lisbon is no exception. (Continue Reading)
ALBUM REVIEW: Wild Nothing - Gemini ?
Gently and steadily, from the the uncharted spectrum of the indie scene, dream pop has emerged as a prominent breed in today's music market, influencing pop outfits like Beach House and Twin Sister and chillwave artists like Washed Out and Neon Indian. Though attempts have been made to capture the unique essence of that familiar 80s sound, none have quite succeeded; none, that is, until Wild Nothing. On Gemini, his debut LP under the Wild Nothing moniker, one man show Jack Tatum, former singer of shoegaze outfit Jack and the Whale, exerts the dream pop genre to its fullest potential, combining elements of guitar-pop, shoegaze, and dreamy ambient pop rich in melody and inflection. Gemini is the closest to the 80's you could ever get, sounding more like The Chameleons and Donna Lewis than fellow 80's influenced ensembles Chairlift and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Though Gemini varies in sound, there is irrefutably a single theme Tatum conveys, one of teenage angst and lonely summer nights. (Continue Reading)