Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Pre- and post-poll catch-ups

Only made notes of any substance for two of these, but I'm throwing the full results of the past few weeks listening sessions up nevertheless.
  • METZ: METZ (Sub Pop) - Abrasive but also punchy and energetic, their screechy riffs propelled by some impressive drumming, with a touch of rock'n'roll boogie to their charge. As a whole, the album lacks something in terms of dynamism and range – why not give the bassist some, for example. Still, despite discernible influences – or at least "sound-a-likes" – such as Touch & Go groups like the Jesus Lizard, METZ don't sound like much else these days. At least for me, they are providing some much missed edgy, sharp and precise aggression as sound. 7
  • Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur (MapleMusic Recordings/Zoë Records) - Edwards' sweet, breathy voice provide wistfulness to the gently soaring and/or shuffling Americana of the mid-tempo tunes, but melancholy drags down the slower ones. I much prefer the former, but they are sadly in the minority here. ("Empty Threat", "Mint") 6
  • Hugo Carvalhais Trio 2: Particula (Clean Feed) - 7
  • Future: Pluto (Epic) - 7
  • John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen: Den eneste veien ut (EMI) - 7
  • Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV (Loyal Label) - 7
  • Resonance Ensemble: What Country Is This (Not Two) - 7
  • Saint Etienne: Words and Music by Saint Etienne (Heavenly) - 8
  • Serengeti: C.A.R. (Anticon) - 8
  • Serengeti: Kenny Dennis EP (Anticon) - 7
  • Solange: True EP (Terrible Records) - 6
  • THEESatisfaction: awE naturalE (Sub Pop) - 7
  • David Virelles: Continuum (Pi Recordings) - 7
  • White Lung: Sorry (Deranged) - 7

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