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Be Here Now: First Reviews Of New Releases 12-23-14



American Sole – V/A – From English indie label Plastic Fish Records, eight  pop bands with sole and soul to spare, Beach Youth do themselves nothing but favors with “Days” -a so-cal burnished ambient faded sun sound, Joey Fourr has a weird experimental vibe going for him and King TV sound like a revolution away from mainstream rock UK style – B+

The Places You’ll Go  EP- Anna Renee -Mainstream MOR balladeering and not bad for a lost genre – B-

Burn Your Fire For No Witness Deluxe –  Angel Olsen – Five new tracks and all would have been welcome on the original  album – A

Sinner, Songwriter EP – Emay – From Ontario, this guy is not just a good EDM producer, he is a good rapper and these are soundscapes about landscapes which fails to falter over five tracks but the top of the set “Landscaping” is sensational – B

Silent Type EP – Hannah Lou Clark – UK singer songwriter who plays it straight on this flawless three song EP, just voice and guitar at first with every addition, back up wooohs here, acoustic bass there , like putting sugar on a fire cracker.  There’s a feeling of barely concealed dread, of a worried out emotional discord being put to rest – RELEASE OF THE WEEK – A-

Post Tropical Deluxe – James Vincent McMorrow – What a rip off, one new track, two acoustic versions, three remixes and the only thing we really wanna hear, the 1975 remix, isn’t on Spotify – C-

Freak EP – Olivver The Kid – what sort of fool has no info about himself on his website or his Facebook wall? Way to go. This is OK dance songs, but why should I try harder than that if he won’t?  – B

Before The Fall EP – Oyinda – English, New York based singer songwriter with EDM inclinations and a soulful tinge to her songs, which are really good on this EP – B

The Summer Of Our Lives – The Ships – A Spanish band who owe a debt of gratitude to the Byrds for their sound and don’t need hipsters at their shows. This is a fine collection of guitar based rock and folk and indie – B+

1989 Karaoke – Taylor Swift – Kinda interesting to hear it with the vocals dropped out so much. It isn’t quite as advertised just the backing tracks and vocals or maybe it is -shows how much her vocals are double tracked. But perhaps a little too often it is hard to see the difference. For a Tay obsessive, it is a lesson in song construction quite as thorough as the demo versions on the deluxe version, to hear  the tracks stripped bare is a treat – B+

Blame It On The Streets –  YG – nine tracks, six new, two remixes, one live, and with his debut album on many a rap best of list, and with a movie to promote it, and with a slot of the A$AP Ferg tour, a smart move – B

All In  A Day – Young Thug – when the trumpet interrupts “I Need A War” you might feel as though you’ve OD’d on cough syrup but this Atlanta guy is more than weed and  Nyquil, remember I mentioned the trumpet, right – B+

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