Gentelman Reg-Little Buildings

Gentleman Reg Little Buildings:

A solid pop album with fairly complex clean-tone guitar arrangements. Reg’s voice takes a little getting used to, but fits the songs perfectly once you’re used to it. Every element of the disk from the lyrics to the drumming manages to be unique and inventive, without sacrificing its catchiness. A really enjoyable album.

Rating: 13/15 Canadians

Mirah-(a)spera

Mirah (a)spera:

Soft and beautiful acoustic guitars and vocals betray the powerful observations found in the lyrics. Lyrically, this album focuses exclusively on relationships, and manages to never be corny. The only complaint I have about this album is the indier than thou production. Most songs sound like they were recorded with a tin can on a string. Mirah continues to release strong relevant material, surprising since Calvin Johnson signed her, but true none the less.

Rating: 12/15 Strangle worthy producers

Animal Collective-Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion:

Interesting mix of synth-pop and experimental elements. Multi part vocal harmonies emerge from dense arpeggiated synthesizer clusters. The lyrics are cool and clearly audible, and delivered with passion. Bringing out their pop side has worked wonders for this band.

Rating: 14/15 creepy masks

Meercaz-Meercaz

Meercaz Meercaz:

Lo-fi Iggy Pop wannabe. Sloppy fuzzed out riffs and incomprehensible, yelps pepper this release. Little attention is paid to song structure or dynamics. Theres enough bands that do this shtick and do it way better to warrant spending money on this album

Rating: 8/15 Lame afros

Odawas-The Blue Depths

Odawas The Blue Depths:

Solid mournful indie pop with a tinge of folk. The singers heavily reverbed voice does well whether set again acoustic guitars, pianos, bodhrans, or synthesizers. Its a strong release, but every tracks has almost the same drifty but epic feel, which can wear a little thin at times.

Rating: 12/15 spaced out keyboards

Loren Connors and Jim O’Rourke-Two Nice Catholic Boys

Loren Connors and Jim O’Rourke Two Nice Catholic Boys

Two guitars make love, through everything from fuzzed out noise to drifting ambiance. Once in a while things get a little boring in the slower sections, but overall a fascinating display of two versatile guitarist at the top of their game.

Rating: 13/15 please collaborate again points

Heaven In Her Arms – Duplex-Coated Obstacles

Heaven In Her Arms Duplex-Coated Obstacles:

This is Envy using a different name right? No? Cause it sounds exactly like them. These guys have that whole spoken word into slightly muted screaming while the music does the whole quiet- loud dynamic post-hardcore thing down pat. Boooorrrriinnnggggg.

Rating: 7/15 artsy fartsy song title names