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TOLEDO - FOMO

The great thing about Tame Impala is that it gave permission to the world of slacker-rock (a la Pavement) and that of production geeks ( a la Kevin Parker himself) to find common ground and merge. TOLEDO is such a band. They play it casually, but underneath the deadbeat…
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Stables - Curtain Call

Stables sounds like an all too polite magician insisting on performing his/her trick regardless of what your opinion. There’s a feel-good vibe to it though, that can’t be denied, and the artist in question stick to like a method actor. Stables is good-feel…
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Ellen Starski - Find Your Way

There’s a witchy vibe about Ellen Starski’s music, a quality of many of the greatest female musicians (Cat Power, Kate Bush). There’s also a a lot of tenderness, like someone watching over these songs like their new-born baby. This sentimentality is…
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Secondary Horse - Scherzer

Secondary Horse is a musical project that sounds like Krautrock played by drunken British punk-poets. But, where the great John Cooper Clarke spat out verse over tense synth sounds, Secondary Horse raps behind the guitar and drum sound of an alternative band rehearsing…
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Zolto - Taken

With an intro that allows you to put the kettle on for a new cup of tea, and a bass guitar with more strings than a sitar, Taken are thinking man’s metal. Think of Bue Oyster Cult stuck in a different era. I hope you like solos, because there a lot of thise here!
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oven mint - empty words

oven mint sounds as if you’re getting stuck in a moment you can’t get out of (sorry if this brings back painful U2 reminders). The song deals with emotional disappointment and is flogged behind a repetitive chord sequence, peppered with an acoustic guitar…
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Mochitsuki - ARE YOU MAD review

Mochitsuki’s music sounds like my laptop deciding it’s going to offer me up as ritual sacrifice and start chasing me around the room. Or, alternately, it sounds as is someone’s stuck in a nightmare run on Windows 95. There’s a glee and humor here…