Leave it to me to review an album by a band who already has a newer album out. Colour Trip was Ringo Deathstarr’s debut album, so by the time it was released they must have already been recording a new one. Way to not let your stuff get stale and further you’re catalog. So right there is something I like about this band. (The ‘newer’ album is a collection of older content, so forget everything I just said. I’m way too crazy from the lack of electricity to start over right now.) Let’s get in to the album, shall we? (don’t expect a lengthy dissertation)
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In the Mountain In the Cloud is the Pacific Northwest band’s seventh album and first for major-label Atlantic. I had never heard a Portugal. The Man album before this one, and since listening to it I have checked out their older stuff. I said that because their previous label was Equal Vision, and having liked some bands that were on Equal Vision I was pretty sure most of their acts were metal or hardcore. Turns out I was wrong, but that, for some reason, made me very surprised when I heard In the Mountain In the Cloud. It reminds me of psych-pop bands like Supergrass, Of Montreal, and MGMT. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it seems like they’re going for Bowie, but they end up sounding like a product of bands influenced by Bowie rather than Bowie himself. Check this album out if you’re into MGMT, Of Montreal, Supergrass, etc.
Here’s their first single from the album
Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) by Portugaltheman
Dedication is the second album for the dubstep/grime producer Zomby, and his first for 4AD. The easiest way to describe it in a way most people would understand is a slightly sped up Burial. I don’t think many Burial fans would have a problem with this album, but it doesn’t have the same chill atmosphere as a lot of his work does. It also goes a lot broader than just dubstep and goes into almost dance music territory on a couple of shorter songs. This album is a bit of a genre-hopper, but it stays electronic.
The only glaring downside is that it’s only 35 minutes long, but then that’s kind of reflected in the price for the album on Amazon, so that nullifies it.
I’ll definitely be giving this a few more spins in the future and I’d recommend this for fans of electronic music in general.
Smith Westerns is an indie pop band from Chicago. Dye It Blond is their second album, and first for Fat Possum. It was released January 18th.
Zonoscope is Australian group Cut Copy’s third studio album. It was released by Modular on February 8th, 2011. Get ya boogie on.
The Decemberists most recent album, The King is Dead, was released January 18th on Capitol Records.
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Indian Jewelry is a “noise” band from Houston, TX. Totaled is their fourth or fifth album (it’s hard to say because of name changes). It’s their second album on We Are Free and was released May 11th. (Yeah, a while ago.)
How to Destroy Angels is a new band consisting of Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and Nine Inch Nails’ producer Atticus Ross. Their first EP was released free via e-mail today, June 1st.
Deftones is a rock band from Sacramento, California(if you didn’t know). Diamond Eyes is their sixth album, and first since a car accident left their bassist Chi Cheng in a coma. It was released May 4th.
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