The xx – xx

The xx – xx

11 songs, 38.6 minutes

Released last year, The xx’s debut album, xx is a solid piece of work, and definitely puts The xx on the list of current bands to watch. They’ve been getting a bit of hype so I feel a little late on the bandwagon, but they’re worth mentioning regardless. Their sound is simple, and I’m not a big fan of the post-punk scene per-say but the album is full of good sounds, and with the help of delay, reverb, layered guitars, two vocalists, and excellent breakbeats provided by their “drummer,” who is actually a member with a drum machine, they’ve worked together a catchy and unique sound. The album contains a few radio-friendly songs but overall it flows very well and has a unified feel. xx is a great album.

Buy xx at Amazon.



Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland

Beirut – March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland

11 songs, 34 minutes long

This dual EP was released by Zach Condon (Beirut) in 2009 and contains two very unique EP’s. The first EP, March of the Zapotec, was partly recorded in Mexico and contains a much more Latin American feel than Beirut’s previous efforts. The gypsy and Balkan sounds that Beirut is known for are still present, but much of it was recorded with the Mexican band Jimenez and the Latin American feel is very present.

The second EP, Realpeople: Holland, is throwback to Condon’s old project, Realpeople. Realpoeple was a very different sound than Beirut. It is very electro and and synthy, with the gypsy sound not being present at all. Condon’s amazing deep vocals are very present in this album, and despite not sounding much like other Beirut releases, fans of previous material are going to enjoy his electronic songs as well.

All in all, both of these EP’s are very unique, but will easily appeal to any fans of Beirut. They display Condon’s amazing song writing abilities and demonstrate his musical progression as his music career evolves.

This is a must listen for fans of Beirut, and a great start for anyone looking to get in to Beirut, or  for anyone looking for new unique music.

March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland at Amazon


Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - InnerspeakerTame Impala – Innerspeaker

11 songs, 53.3 minutes long

Tame Impala’s 2010 release Innerspeaker provides the listener with some of the best guitar-driven psychedelic rock sounds since Pink Floyd wrote The Dark Side of the Moon. 70s style guitar sounds, using large amounts of compression and overdrive, combined with newer techniques, like delay, guide the listener through an altogether new landscape with a battery of sounds which are familiar to any fan of The Beatles or Pink Floyd.

Unfortunately for people in the States, this one is an import, but nevertheless, you can buy Innerspeaker at Amazon.


Deastro – Mind Altar EP

Deastro – Mind Altar EP

11 songs, 40 minutes long

Randolph Chabot Jr is the man behind Deastro, a Dream Pop project out of Detroit. Mind Altar is his newest album and arguably his best. It is an album that is full of synths and interesting electronic sounds which give the album, as a whole, a dream-like feel. Chabot’s vocals, which are sometimes hard to understand, add a lot to the album, regardless of meaning. He has a unique voice that fits in perfectly with the dream pop genre and he has created an album that is worth checking out for any fans of electronic music.

Buy Mind Altar at Amazon.


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