Reviews

Freelove Fenner, ‘Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner’

December 18, 2013

Freelove Fenner, ‘Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner’ Fixture Records, 11/19/2013 My experience with the music of Freelove Fenner has been a case of slow but continual gestation, ultimately taking me to one of my favorite pop records in recent memory. The Montreal band consisting of Peter Woodford, Caitlin Loney and Michael Wright have been releasing music... 

Bardo Pond, ‘Peace on Venus’

December 12, 2013

Bardo Pond, ‘Peace on Venus’ Fire Records, 10/19/2013 Nine studio albums into a career spanning over twenty years, Philadelphia psych stalwarts Bardo Pond have damn near whittled their craft down to a science. Peace On Venus is their latest full-length and their first since 2010, but it finds them picking up where they left off.... 

Mike Donovan, ‘Wot’

December 6, 2013

Mike Donovan, ‘Wot’ Drag City, 10/14/2013 San Francisco’s psych-garage scene took a serious cuffing earlier this summer when word spread that the noise vets in Sic Alps had decided to call it quits after nearly ten years of skull-rattling chaos. Along with garage rock lifer John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees notoriety, Sic Alps... 

Noveller, ‘No Dreams’

December 4, 2013

Noveller, ‘No Dreams’ Important Records, 10/22/2013 Sarah Lipstate’s output as Noveller continues to evolve towards an emotionally resonant space, using textures and structures in new ways. On No Dreams, her new collection for Important Records, Lipstate returns in a somnolent, narcotic haze; if she was once a perfectly...