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Put through the ringer

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Four Tet – Ringer EP 7.5/10 I was once quite seasonally adjusted when it came to music. Spring and summer inspired me to listen to more notionally natural textures – let’s say alt-country, Americana or folk – while the onset of winter used to find me needing something more machine-driven. In recent years I’ve been […]

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Tags: Ambient · dance · Electronica · Music

Sympathy for the devil?

March 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Album Review: worriedaboutsatan – Arrivals FIRST PUBLISHED AT THE LINE OF BEST FIT 8.5/10 Will electronica make a comeback at the end of the decade? It seems that having gone organic in the 00s with folktronica, many electronica artists have been second-guessed recently by folk artists (from Bon Iver to Iron & Wine) augmenting their […]

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Tags: Alternative · Ambient · Electronica · post-rock

Album Review: Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid – NYC

October 24th, 2008 · 11 Comments

FIRST PUBLISHED AT THE LINE OF BEST FIT Exile on ’25th Street’ 8.5/10 ‘NYC‘ is Kieran Hebden’s (aka Four Tet) fourth collaboration with veteran jazz drummer Steve Reid and while I won’t pretend that I have heard the other three, the word in the blogosphere is that this is the most equal of their partnerships, […]

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Tags: Alternative · Ambient · Best of 2008 · Electronica · Folk/Acoustic · Music · post-rock · Prog · Psychedelia

Album Review: Juana Molina – Un Dia

September 11th, 2008 · No Comments

One day in Buneos Aires 6.5/10 FIRST PUBLISHED AT THE LINE OF BEST FIT Juana Molina is a former Argentine television actress with an unlikely passion for making a kind of cut and paste folk-tinged electronica (look, I managed to do that without saying ‘folktronica’). Molina’s latest album for Domino comprises eight lengthy, carefully assembled […]

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Tags: Ambient · Electronica · Folk/Acoustic · Music · World music

Caribou – Andorra

January 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Melody days from the artist formerly known as Manitoba 8/10 It took me a long time to get over how mediocre Caribou’s last album ‘The Milk of Human Kindness‘ was. After the psychedelic onslaught of ‘Up in Flames‘ (recorded under previous moniker ‘Manitoba’), his sophomore record was an exercise in plodding 60s-infused futility. I tried […]

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Tags: Best of 2007 · Electronica · Folk/Acoustic · MP3s · Music · Psychedelia · Shoegaze

Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

October 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

‘Central And Remote’ 8/10 I came across Grizzly Bear via Dan Rossen’s brilliant – but wholly different – earlier project Department of Eagles. I was initially underwhelmed and bemused, but I persevered and can back previous reviewers who have labelled this a grower. If like me you have come to Grizzly Bear via Department of […]

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Tags: Alt-rock · Ambient · Best of 2006 · Electronica · Folk/Acoustic · MP3s · Music · New Wierd America · post-rock · Prog · Psychedelia

Tunng – Mother’s Daughter and Other Songs

March 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Laptop pagan folk – what else? 6/10 Although the term ‘Folktronica’ seems to be used entirely as a derogatory term now, it is a useful word to help describe this album, which is a fairly literal fusion of folk songwriting and the glitchy textures of electronica. Unfortunately, it is the songwriting that lets the album […]

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Tags: Electronica · Folk/Acoustic · Music

Life Is Full of Possibilities

March 7th, 2005 · No Comments

Dntel work 7/10 I bought this expecting something similar to The Notwist, as it has been widely billed as a seminal ‘indietronica’ album in which Jimmy Tamborello enlisted a host of singers and musicians from the indie scene (including Chris Gunst from Beachwood Sparks, Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Brian McMahan from […]

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Tags: Ambient · Electronica · Music

Pedro – Pedro

June 2nd, 2004 · No Comments

Mixed bag 7/10 Pedro’s (aka James Rutledge) debut album is part ‘folktronica’ (see Four Tet) part DJ Shadow. This is not to say the style is an amalgam of both these genres and artists but rather that he flicks between these two spheres of influence. ‘Intro’ and ‘Outro’ are essentially one track split into two, […]

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Tags: Electronica