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27 Aug 12
America finds quirky soundsmith Dan Deacon at a crossroads. Still bent on emitting giddy, hyperactive music, the Baltimore native has widened his lens this time around, intent on capturing his country through the record’s latter half. The ambitious “USA” suite sprawls joyfully, particularly in its middle sections. “USA II: The Great American Desert” is a collage of spinning synths, disembodied vocals, and far-reaching scope that runs for seven dazzling minutes.
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05 Mar 12
Album number 10 from The Magnetic Fields sees a welcome return to the vaguely electro sounds mostly missing from their more recent releases and as a pastiche of 80’s and 90’s lo-fi pop it could be argued that the album is successful. So it is unfortunate then that after the confident first track "God Wants Us To Wait" the rest of the album becomes a series of half baked sketches and that’s the real shame because whilst the melodies are present, lyrically and conceptually the album falls short.
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18 Mar 11
Submarine is the feature film debut of Richard Ayoade (off of Garth Marenghi and the like) and, if we are to judge it from the trailers and artwork, it would seem that the director is re-inventing himself as some sort of British Wes Anderson. This EP of songs from said film also acts as Alex Turner's debut solo release, and is similarly acting as a change of pace. Largely acoustic, it's an antidote to the Arctic Monkey's bravado and The Last Shadow Puppets' retro pomp.