ELECTRELANE No Shouts, No Calls 2xLP / CD
*** "From the first euphoric cymbal crashes in 'The Greater Times,' there seems to be a new kind of light shining on Electrelane which remains strong throughout the album. Whether it's because of the dainty guitar notes of "To The East", the ebb-and-flow piano of "Saturday" or the charmingly simplistic ukulele strums on "Cut And Run", there's no doubt that this is an album inspired by warm emotions. No Shouts No Calls is an album of enticingly irregular brilliance."
INTERPOL Antics LP
*** Reissued on 180g vinyl with bonus coupon to download the album. Fancy pants. And probably limited as all get out.
LAVENDER DIAMOND Imagine Our Love LP / CD
*** "A tour-de-force of gorgeous folk-pop melody and uplifting sentiment. The band's slightly tongue-in-cheek demands for world peace and harmony are subtly undercut by minor key modes and absurdist lyrics. The result is deeply entertaining and subversive - one of the most original musical statements we've heard in years."
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo CD
*** "A 10-track full-length album featuring performances by Volta members Bixler-Zavala, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Juan Alderete de la Pena, and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales, as well as appearances by Money Mark Ramos Nishita (Beastie Boys, etc.) and John Frusciante."
SEEFEEL Quique Redux 2xCD
*** "In those crazy, post Stereolab high days of the early 90's this record hit hard and unlike anything that anyone expected. It is safe to say that it would be very hard to imagine the general cross-polinization of rock and electronic music that has happened over the last 10 years or so with out this record. This is a double CD release comprised of the band's debut full-length, Quique , newly remastered (disc 1) and a bonus disc that has rare mixes and 6 new unreleased tracks (disc 2)."
RICHARD THOMPSON Sweet Warrior CD
*** Richard goes electric (again)!
VOXTROT Voxtrot CD
*** "In these frantic times of overblown hyperbole, instant acclaim and quick-fire backlashes, it's refreshing to find a band that's not terribly worried about being the next big thing. This is a band that, over the five years of its existence, has released fewer than twenty songs spread across two hard to find 7-inch singles and three EPs. Voxtrot's debut album is a powerful statement of intent: louder, harder, a little more complex, a more confident Voxtrot."
YOUNG GALAXY Young Galaxy CD
*** On Canada's ARTS & CRAFTS label.