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By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 1 | Posted Aug. 17, 2010

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Menomena

Mines

(Barsuk Records)

Sounds Like: Bass, sax and drum propelled experimental rock trio from Portland, Ore.’s fourth LP is a touch slower, more controlled than usual but still dark and infectious.

Free Association: This one’s a grower, an hour of buildups and crescendos to dissect.

For Fans Of: Black Keys, Wolf Parade, Morphine x Gang of Four.

 

Shapes and Sizes

Candle To Your Eyes

(Asthmatic Kitty)

Sounds Like: Canada’s weirdest art house indie rockers’ third LP is a herky-jerky tour de force of pop chaos sans hooks and structures but nonetheless effective.

Free Association: Title pops up in the delightful “Time Has Practically Stopped.”

For Fans Of: Architecture in Helsinki, non-lame Deerhoof, quirk rock.

 

Lissie

Catching a Tiger

(Fat Possum)

Sounds Like: Illinois folk princess’ fleshed-out debut after a stunning EP is a little more pop/rock than her usually delightful spiritualized, countrified bluegrass.

Free Association: Shouldn’t have switched producers, sweetness. He done you wrong.

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