Broken Record #16


Cloud (or Tyler Taormina and friends from New York’s Practise Room Records collective), have just released their marvelous debut album Comfort Songs. The record is out on London's Audio Antihero records, who are keen to point out that they don't release LPs very often (this is the first since 2011), but this one is well worth the wait. So go here and buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Under-rated Record

American Analog Set - The Fun of Watching Fireworks

This album has some of the best brush drum and organ sensibility I’ve heard. I wish more people obsessed over it-- this band is mostly known for their latter sound. The song “It’s Alright” is one of my favorite closing tracks.
Over-rated Record

Beach House - Teen Dream

See, naming over-rated records is what I spend most of my days doing, just quietly to myself - y'know, griping - so you would think this would come easy. There are definitely a few names and records that make my jaw tighten. Undue praise and all that. But that probably just says more about my own feelings of unsuccess and failure more than it does how rubbish they might be. They are definitely rubbish though. I know it. There are so many records I would want to single out, but maybe I should just take out a whole genre. Yes, Dream Pop it is. And with it, anything by Beach House. There are many beautiful albums that fall under this umbrella, some I hold dear, but the Dream Pop 'sound' is so weirdly common-place now, it drives me slightly up the wall. Again, I fear the reason that I resent Dream Pop enough to write about it here, is that its disciples get much better press than I do. It's that simple - weasles, and Beach House's Teen Dream is the biggest weasel of them all. Having said all that, adding fourteen layers of reverb and calling yourself a soft and thoughtful pseudonym - as if Deerhunter never happened - will not necessarily make me hate you, so please, fill your boots.
Record of Sin

Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

I don’t know if there’s any albums I’m ashamed to listen to. Sometimes people think of this band as watered down indie and I still really like it.
Joyful Record

Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers - It’s Time For...

Jonathan Richman’s playful and lighthearted musical persona will always bring me joy. Especially this album which is nostalgic to Motown. Thank you so much, Jonathan!
Surprising Record

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

This album captures the mystery of it all better than the rest. I think that it’s a masterpiece. Its production value is a pleasant surprise for anyone who listens.

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