Eleanor Friedberger – Rebound

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Adult contemporary

Moods

OK with how past relationships ended

Thoughts

She sings like ‘something about the girl’ which is a good thing. A variety of pop styles are covered, bubbly in some places. Only listened once but found it lacking memorableness.

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https://www.discogs.com/Eleanor-Friedberger-Rebound/release/11989814

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Kalabrese – Independent Dancer

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Groove based 'fun’ electro

Moods

A ode to the joy of being lost in life

Thoughts

Hard not to dig a kalabrese release, his tracks are all bursting with love of the craft. Above all else this album maintains a constant groove with lots of interesting production flourishes and bursts of instrumentation that keep these extended cuts engaging.

Lyrically he sings like a wanderlust euro, not the most articulate but he makes up for it in his genuineness. The addition of other vocalists is a welcome dimension. It's an album with moments of greatness but also suffers from an uneven side 2 that felt scattered.

Worth a listen for sure.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Kalabrese-Independent-Dancer/release/4420013

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnDgS8Hkni4

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Pop balanced with dramatic string arrangements. Production is very French and feels like a mature Justice meets Sebastian night driving.

Moods
Feeling like a French movie star in a cemetery on an overcast day.

Thoughts
There’s something distinctly French about this album. I really want to like this, and do enjoy the texture and overall vision she’s crafting. I think a lot of that is due to Sebastian’s production which has matured quite a bit since the days of Ed Banger. It’s as if someone watered down Air’s ‘cherry blossom girl’ and added pop focused songwriting.

There’s a few great tracks. ‘Sylvia says’ features big production and personal memorable lyrics. Love the instrumentation that closes the album on ‘les oxalis’, wish that could’ve been expanded upon.

Overall felt it a little dense and serious, stylistically great but the songwriting was lacking in memorableness.

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https://www.discogs.com/Charlotte-Gainsbourg-Rest/release/11204819

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Clairo – diary 001

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Bedroom pop

Moods

Highschool

Thoughts
Something charming here. It’s a bedroom pop record with basic ‘happy’ synth productions. While it feels personal it’s done in a way that’s not overly sappy.

Her vocal abilities could be developed further, it’s a stretch to call this singing.

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https://www.discogs.com/Clairo-diary-001/release/12117719

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Acoustic folk

Moods

Shepherd’s pie

Thoughts
Some nice instrumentation with a good use of strings but this is just far too pleasant for me

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Vashti-Bunyan-Just-Another-Diamond-Day/release/711475

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Palmistry – PAGAN

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Basic diy dancehall production with cutesy shy singing

Moods

Headphone introvert

Thoughts
I like the idea here but it’s repetitive as an entire album. He’s not engaging as a singer and the production is kind of flat.

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https://www.discogs.com/Palmistry-PAGAN/release/8694249

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

CCFX – CCFX

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Big sounding, chord-driven indie rock that borrows stylistic flourishes from shoegaze

Moods
CCFX

Thoughts
Tight gem of an EP. A well done update on 90s shoegaze styles.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/CCFX-CCFX/release/11053569

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
indie synth pop

Thoughts
Lacking the interesting diversity of their debut this is more slick and refined. A bit boring with the exception of a few moments (donnie darko is great). I find it cool their working with sophie for production but didn’t fruitful of a collaboration here.

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https://www.discogs.com/Lets-Eat-Grandma-Im-All-Ears/release/12334803

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Chairlift – Moth

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Slick modern synth pop with a good female singer

Thoughts
Good for a light pop record, reminded me of that grouper album I like. However it was lacking substance and inconsistent.

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https://www.discogs.com/Chairlift-Moth/release/8001396

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Little Joy – Little Joy

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A west-coast chilled out version of the strokes

Thoughts
A gem, perfect little beach acoustic record.Nothing extraordinary but a positive vibe like a precious local band at an outdoor spot.

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https://www.discogs.com/Little-Joy-Little-Joy/release/1603486

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Rating: 3 out of 5