Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Reign of Terror
(Mom + Pop Music)
Sounds Like: The noisy N.Y. duo’s sophomore is a little less dance and hip-hop and a little more rough and punk, but it’s all still insanely charming, catchy and infectious.
Free Association: Their records take time to grow on you, this one less than the last.
For Fans Of: Go! Team x the Kills, M.I.A. + Poison the Well, blasting stuff REAL LOUD.
Sounds Like: Seth Bogart has gone rogue(r) by dropping the Punx and unleashing a new, similarly-flavored set of retro, girl group-inspired California lovesick tunes.
Free Association: He’s the only one of his kind, totally gay and crooning surf blues.
For Fans Of: Gravy Train!!!!/Ramones, Shannon & the Clams, leather jackets/pompadours.
Francois & the Atlas Mountains
E Volo Love
Sounds Like: The French quartet’s debut is big on quiet, gentle indie pop with wistful touches of African rhythm, British indie rock sensibility and old-school French pop.
Free Association: A lazy safari of Londoners slamming wine, cheese and baguette.
For Fans Of: Serge Gainsbourg for Vampire Weekend, Carla Bruni + Tinariwen.
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