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Robag Wruhme – Thora Vukk

written by: Taylor Cowan on October 10, 2011

Robag Wruhme’s latest release, Thora Vukk, evokes an ambient minimalism that glimmers and stings.

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Nero – Welcome Reality

written by: Taylor Cowan on September 20, 2011

The electronic duo’s debut is wedged uncomfortably between dance-pop and conceptual vision.

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Six Songs Bringing the Resurgence of Mick Jagger

written by: Taylor Cowan on September 20, 2011

Why the sudden resurgence? Is it because Mick’s surname rhymes precariously well with another buzzword of the late decade? Or does it mark a genuine look back by artists, a tip of the hat to the old guys who had no small part in coining the ‘Moves?

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The Spirits When They Need You: The Battle for By The Way

written by: Taylor Cowan on August 31, 2011

With By The Way you can feel the breath of the album, its dirty, yearning heart beating beneath every arrangement. There is a masterful use of space, harmony, layering and auxiliary instrumentation, the band employing everything from strings to Rhodes pianos, trumpets, to melodicas, all while maintaining a spirit of escapism, an immortality, an “Everyone knows/Anything goes,” attitude that is so befitting of the band.

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Apollo Brown – Clouds

written by: Taylor Cowan on August 25, 2011

If it is a bit bulky, a bit repetitive or without direction, Clouds at least succeeds atmospherically.

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Gazelle Twin – The Entire City

written by: Taylor Cowan on August 10, 2011

The Entire City is a cinematically immersive experience; nothing feels “fun” or glossed over, every dark edge is perused and felt.

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