Album reviews in 30 seconds or less
Break It Yourself
(Mom + Pop Music)
Sounds Like: The Chicagoan indie rock violinists’ sixth is just as you’d imagine—eerie, haunting, beautiful, and full of oddball strings, percussion, sounds and ideas.
Free Association: Very few rock dudes have mastered the human whistle like this man.
For Fans Of: Jeff Buckley x DeVotchKa.
The Magnetic Fields
Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Sounds Like: Fifteen short tracks that use synths, finally, after a three-LP no-synth trilogy. Their first on Merge since ’99’s 69 Love Songs, and it’s weird, trippy and spacey.
Free Association: Stephin Merritt delivers another sorta-queer batch of oddball gems.
For Fans Of: Pet Shop Boys + gay Belle & Sebastian, ABBA/Roxy Music, weird pop.
Put Your Back N 2 It
Sounds Like: The follow-up to Seattle’s Mike Hadreas’ excellent debut, Learning, is a more sophisticated and mature batch of hymnal-like queer laments on pain and love.
Free Association: All he needs is his voice and a piano to give you hardcore shivers.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?