Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear came back after five years of break.  While their previous LP, Shields, was a marvel full of imaginative and sophisticated compositions, Painted Ruins were expected to deliver pretty much the same. But let's be clear. It did not. Promotional singles were a prelude to what became a compilation of well executed, but watered-down, … Continue reading Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's latest album Sketches of Brunswick East, recorded with a collaboration of Mild High Club, is their third this year. And it sounds like Metallica's signature fourth song. It's the first toned down of the bunch. It's also complicated with sophisticated structure, but gives us a space to breathe and recharge without losing … Continue reading King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East

Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution

Sometimes I have a feeling I'm no longer listening to Timber Timbre, but to young alternative universe version of Bob Dylan with dreamy synths (Velvet Gloves & Spit). Or just electronica-inspired I'm Not There soundtrack. Or mellow Arcade Fire/David Bowie (Grifting). Or Leonard Cohen (Western Questions)?! Or dreamy, contemplative Bruce Springsteen? Either way, Sincerely, Future Pollution … Continue reading Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution

Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think

Oh my, how I enjoyed this album. And enjoyed it since the first listen. I know, it's not an art-rock, album-of-the-year magnificent achievement. It's not even artistically advanced that much. But I just love it. Long live authentic American punk rock, which stays true to its pop roots, while delivering a desperate, yet optimistic message. Your Not As _____ As … Continue reading Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think

Album of the Week: Foxygen – Hang

Foxygen returns after a phase of extremely intense hype surrounding their music. I've never been a big fan of their work, but I have to admit -- Hang is something very interesting. Californians abandoned their overly psychadelic aura and transformed into theatrical art pop, which brings listeners closer to Talking Heads than to Quicksilver Messenger Service. What's … Continue reading Album of the Week: Foxygen – Hang

Album of the Week: The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

It's hard to record an album after such disquieting masterpiece like The Terror. At first listen, Oczy Mlody sounded like a weird, space-dream-synth-experimental rendition of Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine. You can feel the atmosphere known from their previous work, but after some time, elements of The Flaming Lips' earlier appear, giving it an interesting … Continue reading Album of the Week: The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody

Album of the Week: Brian Eno – Reflection

Brian Eno's latest album is a pensive New Year's gift for all people who love experimenting with musical collages. Single 54-minute track is a long, dark, melancholic, meditative, subtle. It's something radically different from the most of what contemporary popular music has to offer. Maybe that's why listening to it feels like something divine and … Continue reading Album of the Week: Brian Eno – Reflection