ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Campfire Songs CD
*** "Paw Tracks is proud to present the reissue of Animal Collective's 2003 album Campfire Songs, a record not of songs sung around a campfire, but songs emerging from the fire itself."
BEACH HOUSE Teen Dream LP+DVD+MP3 / CD+DVD
*** RECOMMENDED "Teen Dream gives voice to a full universe of unbridled imagination, and the manifestation of Teen Dream has been a welcomed and all-consuming obsession for Beach House the past 9-12 months."
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO Boca Negra LP+MP3 / CD
*** "Powerful grooves along with ambient sound structures, folk song simplicity and polyrhythmic bursts of energy with lyrical melodic vignettes. CUD is Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217) and Chad Taylor (Fred Anderson, Iron and Wine)."
FOUR TET There Is Love In You CD
*** There Is Love In You is Four Tet's first full-length album in over four years and is his fifth album to date.
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG IRM CD
*** "What started as a brief recording session between Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck ended up to be the body of work that is IRM. Beck's role grew to encompass all aspects of the creative process. He worked seamlessly with Charlotte co-writing the lyrics and produced and mixed the recording."
PATTY GRIFFIN Downtown Church CD
*** "Downtown Church is a collection of Gospel-infused songs produced by longtime friend, bandmate and acclaimed producer Buddy Miller. Downtown Church brings to life Gospel songs that have influenced contemporary music in a way that only Patty Griffin can do."
JOAN OF ARC Don't Mind Control 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** "41+ members strong the Joan of Arc extended family comes together for 18 exclusive songs curated by Tim Kinsella. New songs by Tim Kinsella, Owen, Ghosts and Vodka (ex-Cap n Jazz), Euphone and many more. All bands feature members who have played in Joan of Arc at one time or another. Deluxe 2 x LP vinyl edition includes double gatefold cover, digital download of the album, and 18 x 24 poster. Limited edition of 500 on green vinyl.
LOS CAMPESINOS Romance Is Boring CD
*** "The ambitious 'fully realized' new album by Los Campesinos! is bigger, deeper, more complex and direct than anything Los Campesinos! has recorded to date. Added brass, strings, drum machines and electronics, and guest spots from the likes of Jamie Stewart (XIU XIU), and members of PARENTHETICAL GIRLS and THE DEAD SCIENCE, it is nothing if not ambitious."
MAGNETIC FIELDS Realism CD
*** "Realism is the flipside to the industrial pop of Distortion and its sound is as pristine as a plein-air painting. There are no drum kits to be heard, and the fascinatingly varied instrumentation - guitars, accordions, violins, cellos, tablas, banjos, tuba, even a smattering of mellifluous falling leaves - did not need to be plugged in."
PAT METHENY Orchestrion CD
*** "Metheny + a visionary team of inventors = a veritable made-to-order solenoid orchestra that includes, among other things, bass, pianos, percussion, marimbas, guitar-bots, and a mellifluous cabinet of carefully tuned bottles all controlled by Metheny." It sounds crazy. Look it up.
OWEN PALLETT Heartland CD
*** "The 3rd Final Fantasy full-length is a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice."
PIT ER PAT The Flexible Entertainer LP+MP3 / CD
*** Pit Er Pat is now a duo, recording live & incorporating electronic and acoustic drums seamlessly. The energy is high and exhilarating. Play it at high volume for the best listening results. The instrumentation is electric guitar, synthesizer, voices, kick drum, snare drum, crash cymbal, hi hat, MPC, melodica, conga and cuica."
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