Sigur Rós: "Kveikur"

When Sigur Rós began as an iconic post rock band, their music held an ethereal, untouchable quality.  However, as their work gained more upbeat pop qualities on top of their original sound, many felt they had begun to stagnate. Though they had helped to define the post rock genre, their work had become lost amongst that of their peers.  With their newest album, however, they have experienced a grand return to form...

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Date Palms - "The Dusted Sessions"

This album comes as a breath of sand soaked air. It takes you away to a desolate desert world, while retaining elements that blend synth sounds with a rustic and western-feeling American slide guitar. The textures presented bring the album together like a tapestry of a dreamy sonic landscape. The album begins with the ‘Yuba Source part 1,’ which is a perfect way to tune the mind for what is to come, as the rec...

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Queens of the Stone Age - "Like Clockwork"

Although the cover art of this album, created by Boneface, is a nice warm and inviting color, the contrast of the skull man eating the woman is a more accurate portrayal of the album as a whole. Lyrically, this album can be compared to a dark cloud over a murky city. Joshua Homme was extremely depressed while writing this album (their first release in seven years), and this is reflected in the album's "raw as hell" n...

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Jon Hopkins - "Immunity"

Jon Hopkins is not an amateur musician seeking to please critics or new fans with a hyper-promoted album release. While many Americans may be unaware of the London-born musician, Hopkins has amassed a body of work that includes three solo albums prior to “Immunity,” several film scores, contributions to a variety of well-known acts such as Coldplay, David Holmes, Brian Eno, and King Creosote, as well as a handful...

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The Pastels - "Slow Summits"

"Slow Summits" is the first studio offering by The Pastels in nearly 16 years. The album was released on the band's own Domino Label, which has hosted such acts as Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, and Animal Collective. The Pastels were one of the early founders and supporters of the British indie movement know as Anorak, which later developed into the more widely known genre of twee pop. The band has narrowed its membersh...

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