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Climber EP

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Portland band Climber have created a very melodic bit of electro-pop with their self-titled EP, one that swims around in your heart like a very comfortable fish. Vocalist and pianist, Michael Nelson, reminds me of both Thom Yorke and Chris Martin, and he does it with a grace that few can pull off. It takes […]

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ruins

Vressto

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The world needs bands that push the boundaries of art and experience, of technique and progress, of melody and noise, of all the building blocks of the musical matrix. The world needs bands like Ruins to drive things forward and inspire diversion from the comfortable norm. Ruins have been traveling on this terrain with like […]

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upsidedown

Trust Electricity

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Over the last couple years, the Pacific Northwest has enjoyed a nice little movement, one that's taken the droney and psychedelic territories like the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spritualized, My Bloody Valentine, etc. and injected it with new life. One bands doing this with a great degree of success is Portland's the Upsidedown. Their debut record […]

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Burned Mind

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There is a context in which lies a fine line between discriminating between music that tries to define itself for the sake of being cathartic and music that attempts to be an antithesis to what music represents in general. For the sake of most listeners the process never gets that deep. Something either sounds good […]

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Love Lights The Way

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Every so often there comes a band that is so in love with a particular sound that it flows out of them as effortlessly as rocky mountain stream. On Blessed Light's Mill Pond debut Love Lights the Way, classic rock influences such as George Harrison, the Bee Gees, and Eric Clapton seamlessly interfuse with honest […]

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comets

Blue Cathedral

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As a fan of psychedelic rock, I was expecting to have my head blown off by Blue Cathedral, the latest release by Comets on Fire. Julian Cope has been citing these guys as the saviors of Acid Rock, so I was expecting some kind of life-changing experience from this album. Unfortunately, it just feels like […]

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saeta

We Are All Waiting for Hope

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The construction of minimalism is a tricky task. Too little space filled, and then you lose the listener's attention. Too much and you crowd out the mood. Seattle band Saeta have a gifted understanding of the chemistry needed to pull this approach off correctly, as demonstrated on their fourth release, We Are Waiting All For […]

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Sparkler Cliché

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So I want start off by saying that I sympathize with the struggling musician. It's damn hard to find the line between writing a song that hits a positive nerve with people and writing something that sounds so much like one's influences that it pisses off critics like me. So on this little tangent I […]

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