Animal Collective: Tangerine Reef [Album Review]
Sep06

Animal Collective: Tangerine Reef [Album Review]

Animal Collective Tangerine Reef Domino Recording Company [2018] Who: Established experimental electronic rock band. Sound: Aquarium/laser-light-show music. TFN Final Take: It’s an admirable idea. Make a record that benefits the fading presence of the coral reef in our world. And it’s meant to be an audiovisual experience. But as a standalone LP, Tangerine Reef is a tough listen. Very trippy and lacking harmony, you need to be...

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Houndmouth: Golden Age [Album Review]
Aug31

Houndmouth: Golden Age [Album Review]

Houndmouth Golden Age Rough Trade Records [2018] Who: Louisville trio going through a transition. Sound: High energy synth-pop. TFN Final Take: Giving Golden Age its first listen, you may wonder if you’ve got the right album. While Houndmouth’s trademark sound had been loose, guitar-driven, harmony-laden blues and folk, this LP is electric and crackling. That’s typically a good thing, but Houndmouth loses what made them special by...

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Damien Jurado: The Horizon Just Laughed [Album Review]
Aug09

Damien Jurado: The Horizon Just Laughed [Album Review]

Damien Jurado The Horizon Just Laughed Secretly Canadian [2018] Fire Note Says: Damien Jurado continues to enchant with his latest effort. Album Review: Damien Jurado has released 17 albums in 21 years – the man is prolific. With such a body of work to look back to, there are common sounds and themes that you notice throughout his work. That being said, it is impressive how the Seattle singer-songwriter goes in new directions...

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Iceage: Beyondless [Album Review]
Aug01

Iceage: Beyondless [Album Review]

Iceage Beyondless Matador Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Iceage is energetic, dark, and surprising on their latest effort. Album Review: Danish punk four-piece Iceage is back with their first album in four years (and fourth LP overall), Beyondless. Punk is going a lot of directions these days, and Iceage has decided to enlist horns and pop stars to evolve their sound. The presence of these elements add a lot ot the album, giving it a...

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Beach House: 7 [Album Review]
Jun21

Beach House: 7 [Album Review]

Beach House 7 Sub Pop Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Beach House puts out another very good album. Album Review: Seven albums in, it is a challenge for any band to continue to grow and refine their sound. You would never know it from listening to Beach House’s aptly named LP, 7. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally definitely work from the base that they’ve established over the past decade and a half. However, they introduce new tricks...

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