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of Montreal - thecontrollersphere
of Montreal - thecontrollersphere
of Montreal - thecontrollersphere

Of Montreal – thecontrollersphere (2011)

While still exploring the promiscuous ego of Georgie Fruit, Kevin Barnes cycles through their new EP, thecontrollersphere. Though he claims that the release's songs are merely leftovers from the False Priest sessions, it's hard...
 
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Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Radiohead - The King of Limbs

Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)

The King of Limbs contains some of Radiohead’s most fascinating material to date, even if it lacks the infectious aspects of rock and electronic that their past releases flaunted. Their eighth LP sits more in the realm of Kid A...

 
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dirty beaches
dirty beaches
dirty beaches

Dirty Beaches – Badlands (2011)

If I were to play Dirty Beaches’ debut full-length, Badlands, loudly in my apartment, my neighbors would likely suspect one of two things. Either I pulled out an old-fashioned phonograph and started playing tattered vinyls of e...
 
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coma cinema
coma cinema
coma cinema

Coma Cinema – Blue Suicide (2011)

“Is your heart too big for you to know that its broken?” asks Mat Cothran (sole member of Coma Cinema) on the yearning denouement of Blue Suicide. Cothran is ostensibly obsessed with the past, dwelling on failed tryst and subs...

 
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young prisms
young prisms
young prisms

Young Prisms – Friends for Now (2011)

If you find yourself tiring of familiar sounds while sitting atop the peak of modern critically acclaimed psychedelia, consider Young Prisms’ debut Friends for Now, an exhilarating breath of suspended free-fall into phosphoresc...
 
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british sea power
british sea power
british sea power

British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall (2011)

Describing something as “epic” is generally trite in music criticism, with a few notable exceptions. British Sea Power are one of them. Their masterful debut showcased a rookie band that masterfully mixed a laudable arsenal of ...

 
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Destroyer
Destroyer
Destroyer

Destroyer – Kaputt (2011)

Dan Bejar's ninth LP under the Destroyer moniker may be his most interesting yet. From spacey electronics to acid-jazz, his eclectic yet cohesive range of styles produces an overwhelming success that showcases some of his best ...
 
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grass widow
grass widow
grass widow

Grass Widow – Past Time (2010)

There are occasions in the girl group canon when the genre, so wholly given over to the ephemeral, will unwittingly create something briefly sublime. These moments are so fleeting that they often won't even encompass the entire...