Monday, January 28, 2013

Somewhere Else

It’s pretty, fragile music, but the lyrics are smart and melancholy. Danish multi-instrumentalist Søren Løkke Juul knows better than to wallow in his pain, that melancholy is not all he knows. Relationships are, or have ended. He accepts that, and moves on, knowing better times are ahead.

This music is also one of the better pairings of folk and synths I’ve heard. He stresses the synths and uses them to blend in with his acoustic instruments, whether they are piano or guitar, which makes for a nice, soothing mix.  This album is perfect for late night listening, or quiet times.  Indians is one of the better debuts to keep an ear out for, simply because he is smart, and has a positive outlook on things.  Out now on iTunes, and the 29th of January in all formats. 
Andrea Weiss

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Feel EP
Loose Squares

At times funky, at other times skittering around.  This fast, lively techno is complex fun to listen to, as there is so much going on, between the interplay with the drums, bass and other synths. A given for the dance floor, and for anything that requires a lot of movement.
Andrea Weiss

Sunday, January 20, 2013

French Horn Rebellion
Love is Dangerous EP
Featuring Jody Watley’s Cold Enough
Poster Girl EP

These are two EPs by this New York duo. One high energy, Love is Dangerous, that swings all over the place, in all three remixes, with lyrics that are self explanatory, and very good.  The Jody Watley collaboration is also good, with a song that could make it Christmas in July.

The Poster Girl EP is a bit lower energy over its remixes, but no less danceable. A guy loves a girl on a poster, and the twist is that he’s really going out with her.  They don’t get far, and he wonders what it was they had.  Overall, both EPs shine, for their contrasting styles,  and for the way they get you moving.
Andrea Weiss

Yo La Tengo

Gentle, fragile, if not altogether quiet and calm music, also reflects bittersweet  lyrics.  A long-time married couple looks back, sees how happy they are, and then looks forward, knowing that what they have will last. But as they grow older, they realize that someday they won’t be here anymore.

This music is far from being a downer, or dark, or even sad. There is some wry, dry humor here, musically and lyrically, and some of these tracks are orchestrated, are a new direction for them.  Mortality is also a new direction, and a good one, as rock rarely gets this wise about aging.  Overall, another fantastic album from this long running Hoboken, NJ group, and even though Ira, Georgia, and John won’t live forever, their music will. 
Andrea Weiss


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