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The Equity and Social Justice Quartet: The Whisper of Flowers

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This album will truly force you to reconsider the traditional motif of quartets.

Walter TV: Appetite

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This album has character, an atmosphere, and Mac DeMarco

Foxygen: …And Star Power

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An experience that should be shared.

Iceage: Plowing Into the Field of Love

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Plowing is not just some of the best punk; it is very well one of the best albums of 2014.

Generationals: Alix

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Alix finds the duo with another batch of these sheeny shiny electropop tunes.

Kimbra: The Golden Echo

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New Zealand pop singer Kimbra will never rise above the multi-platinum success and Grammy Award for her feature on Gotye’s 2011 “Somebody That I Used To Know.” On her 2nd LP, The Golden Echo, she continues the same style of indie pop from what we’ve seen in her last album, bright pop synths and catchy hooks. Unfortunately, she never reaches the levels of anything as catchy or exciting as on  her feature. Some tracks aren’t as tasteful or groovy and end up as uninspired noise. The opener of this LP, “Teen Heat,” has an explosive and energetic synth chorus but aside from that most of this track falls flat. This leads into the next track, “90s…

King Tuff: Black Moon Spell

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Black Moon Spell is the latest offering from bedroom garagepop wunderkind Kyle Thomas. This album finds Thomas running wild with the 70s glam sound found on his earlier albums. Fuzzed out and poptacular, Black Moon Spell bops along from tune to tune with catchy choruses and pop hooks jammed into anywhere that’ll fit. Much like Thomas’s last two albums, Black never takes itself too seriously and approaches its glam idols with irreverence. He likes to toe the line of imitation closely, as the vocal similarity to Marc Bolan gets pretty uncanny at times, and some of those guitar riffs could be copy/pasted right off Mott The Hoople or Ziggy Stardust. I think a bit is…

Mr Twin Sister: Mr Twin Sister

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Triumph over trial.

Beat Funktion: Mandy’s Secret

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Coming out with their fourth album amid huge popularity, this swedish jazz band shows no signs of stopping. They are known for their groove and funk heavy style combined with several elements of 60’s and 70’s horn jazz. With this album they delve even more heavily in to the groove/disco sound of the 70’s while drawing primarily from acid jazz sounds produced by Issac Hayes and Herbie Hancock. “I Am the Summer” is a great example of their fascination with idyllic 70’s pop music which they intersperse with improve sax. “Budo” is much more reminiscent of Herbie Hancock’s use of synthesized trumpet, electric guitar which overlay a fast-beat funk track. “Thunderlips” reminds me of a cop-drama…

Caribou: Our Love

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This is an ambitious, confident, and beautiful album from one of the best producers on the scene.  Dan Snaith settled into the electronic and dance music scene with his previous two albums, Swim and Andorra.  Before that, Snaith spent time exploring almost every genre thinkable.  Our Love is the result of a synthesis of his entire career, combining elements of orchestral, instrumental, and dance music into a sweeping, mature, and incredibly well produced inspection of love and relationships.  This is an extremely personal album, introspective, intimate, intriguing, and joyful.  Our Love encompasses the incredible highs and the devastating lows of the entanglement of two lives authentically and entirely. The constantly changing and evolving nature of…