Music Reviews

Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe

Album review by CJLO Magazine contributor Chelsea Woodhouse

A slow car ride into a happier time?


Rhapsody of Fire - Dark Wings of Steel

Greetings one and all to the halls of metal, blessed by the gods themselves. It's Cecil here, and today I have something for all of you. Hailing from the Italian lands we have Rhapsody of Fire's latest album Dark Wings of Steel, and I'm not sick of it yet. Now, before I get started, let me just get comfortable with a nice strong drink.


Earthless - From The Ages


From The Ages is the newest release from Earthless, a San Diego trio consisting of guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. It’s been six years since their last release, and these psych/prog-rockers have come back with an atmosphere exploding four-track LP, which runs about 60 minutes long.
 

Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On

Moonface's latest album Julia With Blue Jeans On is, more than anything else, insanely and ridiculously beautiful. Spencer Krug's slightly strange, lovely lyrics and a piano, letting the songs stand with honesty and strong imagery, clearer than I am used to with his previous work. 


Ty Segall - Sleeper

 

In Sleeper, Ty Segall puts down the expected electric and effects-ladened fuzz and instead picks up the acoustic guitar, resulting in an accessible and introspective LP. This is an intimate album, one in which he invites us into his most personal space, which, as it happens, is inhabited by a disturbed presence.


New Swears - Funny Isn't Real

 
Inquisitive stoned hipster asks : "So, what kind of music does your band play?" 

Also stoned hipster musician replies : "Uh.. I don't know... rock I guess.."

The world of rock and roll is about as dirty as my pile of socks that pay homage to my unbearable laziness. There are so many different sub genres and styles to take into consideration when you're describing the sound of your favourite rock band. New Swears falls into a category that isn't serious by any means, but they are tight as fuck.


Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat

 

Some albums must be heard on a good system in order to capture minor nuances in sound. The Man Who Died In His Boat, the latest release from Liz Harris better known as Grouper, demands a proper listen. Harris' ethereal voice, combined with simple guitar strums and multi-layered drones envelops the listener like a dense fog.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

 

I had never really heard Unknown Mortal Orchestra before listening to this album. I joked with some people at the station that it sounded like it should be a name for a metal band but it is far from it - I found this album to be quite boring really. 


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