Voyager – Colours in the Sun

A little something. Je ne sais quoi. The last mile. All of these expressions capture a simple but beguiling fact: although we’d prefer to pretend otherwise, our emotions, likes, dislikes, and opinions are far from understandable and mechanical. Beyond “just” context or mood, most of our justifications are elusive because…

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Release Day Roundup – 10/25/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Leprous – Pitfalls

We’ve dealt with the question of context many times on the blog, mostly when reviewing releases from beloved bands. What weight should we give previous releases when taking new albums into consideration? It is fair to hold the past performance of a band up to their current output or do…

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Port Noir – The New Routine

By the time a band reaches their third album, it is not unreasonable to have a certain set of expectations about what it will deliver. Sometimes, the band will stumble and fail to meet them. Others will rise to the challenge and comfortably surpass them. And a third group, to…

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Thomas Giles – Don’t Touch The Outside

Don’t Touch The Outside, Between the Buried and Me frontman Tommy Rogers’ fourth proper full-length under the moniker Thomas Giles, takes the retrowave and electronic influences on previous outing Velcro Kid (2016) and imbues those new wave vibes with some of the wilder experimentation and genre diversity which made Pulse (2011) and Modern Noise (2014) so incredible.

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Haken – Vector

As you might have inferred from my previous review of Haken, for their excellent 2016 release Affinity, I’m not the biggest fan of their early works. Affinity, however, seemed to represent a band more secure in their own sound and willing to mess around with new influences, sounds, and ideas. The future, coming…