Written by | August 7, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

The very moody music seemed to explode in many directions, and was totally uncategorizable, leaning toward a reworked Americana fueled by stomping and violent rhythms and polyphonic vocals during a song like ‘Badlands’, then morphing into ethereal dream pop with expansive development

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Written by | March 5, 2014 0:11 | No Comments

Totally in charge all night long, she had a very calm charisma and the confidence of an old soul. Angel did not give any long discourse but these short sentences between her songs were enough to build a strong connection with her audience which was already captivated by her performance

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Written by | January 6, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

On the stage of the Echoplex, Lo-Fang, real name Matthew Hemerlein, had hardly started his set of romantic, breezy, and emotional songs. The stage was very dark and I could barely see the two other musicians, a girl on keyboard and a drummer, but Hemerlein was himself switching between guitar and violin

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Written by | April 29, 2013 0:08 | No Comments

The music was going in many directions too, with layered hazy synths and keyboards, some stamping dance beats, a funky bass, an exotic vibe coming from some guitar solos, and Halliday’s soaring voice, the ensemble producing some infectious and catchy songs like ‘The Game is Changing us’ or ‘Lonesome Body’.

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Written by | April 2, 2013 0:09 | No Comments

Their set was quite animated, there was a sort of Ariel-Pink-look going on with Alex Coxen’s bleached hair and shorts over tights, but he was producing some visceral open-throated vocals, and a nervous but triumphant feeling was coming from all that loud distortion, squalling and shredding. Dinosaur Jr.? Sure, but there was certainly more than this in their booming guitar solos

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Written by | April 1, 2013 0:09 | No Comments

You will read a lot of Joy Division comparisons in critics, and it is understandable based on the pessimistic ambiance they installed during their short set, it would certainly be difficult to top it, but I don’t know if I totally buy the whole Hamlet in hell, I-am-the-new-Ian-Curtis nihilistic approach. May be they don’t want to be compared to the 70s English band

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Written by | March 4, 2013 0:09 | No Comments

The whole thing was very, very ambient, quite cinematic, if your brain was willing to provide the images, and at times contemplative. It wasn’t that nothing was happening, their soundscapes were abruptly and constantly changing like a moody-stormy weather, but you had to do some efforts if you wanted to follow them

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Written by | February 15, 2013 0:09 | No Comments

‘We have played in LA before but nobody came!’ said Barrow, looking around and seeing a full house, the crowd responded by some screams of protestation, but it was one of the few times when you could hear people, as everyone was listening very religiously

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Written by | December 22, 2012 0:09 | No Comments

He used the whole crowd-surface as Jesus-Christ-turned-evil walking on water,… you would think this would finally collapse, but no, each time Spielman was back on stage faster than the light, swimming his way back through a sea of hands, legs and other body parts

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Written by | April 27, 2012 0:13 | No Comments

The more I read about them, the more I realize they are stunt specialists. They have claimed to have released music by putting USB sticks in apples and selling them in Brixton market, to have been caught robbing raccoons from taxidermists and to have joined the Nation of Islam?

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Written by | April 27, 2012 0:10 | No Comments

They said to have worked on Hollywood film scores, which works perfectly to their cinematic compositions filled with sonic swirls, techno beats,… yeah I totally could see epic pursuits and weird apocalyptic fantasies going with that stuff, but this is what bothers me, if it is potential movie background, is it enough?

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