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Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
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The Tallest Man on Earth

The Wild Hunt

(Dead Oceans)

Sounds Like: An initially grating collection of songs strummed and sung by a high, raspy-voiced Kristian Matsson ends up being a beautiful set of Americana gems.

Free Association: These songs are about everything and nothing. Total growers.

For Fans Of: Bon Iver, M. Ward, Nick Drake, heartache.

Nice Nice

Extra Wow

(Warp Records)

Sounds Like: Experimental Portland, Ore., duo bring it on pretty much their first proper LP of noisy, percussive, guitar-hazy freak-rock.

Free Association: They’re daring you to keep listening for the good stuff, and it’s in there.

For Fans Of: Deerhunter, Battles, Liars, Gang Gang Dance.


New Slaves

(The Social Registry)

Sounds Like: Super-experimental quartet with drums, classical strings and guitars, they make catchy, weirdo, wordless noise music heavy on ambience.

Free Association: Think Animal Collective’s weirder days without loops or voices.

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