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Album Review: Masaya Ozaki – Fluid and Dreaming of Stripes

Masaya Ozaki – Fluid and Dreaming of Stripes. Eilean Records  On his debut album, Masaya Ozaki, a Japanese composer and multi-instrumentalist, undergoes an in-depth examination in how much emotion can be provoked through a bare minimum of sound.  Using a variety of plucked string instruments (guitar and ukulele), piano, synth pads and tape manipulations, Ozaki […]

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“A Turn of Breath” Ian William Craig – Album Review

In Review: “A Turn of Breath” Ian William Craig (Recital) This album is pure beauty – probably one of the most stunning and powerful releases I’ve heard in the past few months.  Ian William Craig is a trained opera singer who, on this album, uses tape malfunctions and manipulations as well as a system of […]

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Album Review: Salad Days

Artist: Mac Demarco Album: Salad Days Label: Captured Tracks What a silly, soulful sloth. What a bed-wraggled, mopey-eyed, prankster. Mac Demarco was drinking last night, and this morning he regurgitated an album. He must have been eating some brassica veggies and maybe some organic bell papers for breakfast because what came out of him sounds […]

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Music Department Reviews

Artist: Lil Bibbya Album: Free Crack Label: Self-released Seventeen-year-old Chicago drill rapper Lil Bibby has music typical of the drill subgenre.  I was disappointed, because a lot of this was “no play,” but I love this type of music.  The bass is heavy, and the drums are rock hard.  Chicago has a real thing going […]

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Review: New Manners EP (Dec 2013)

As I sat in the library listening to New Manners’s EP, I plugged into transformational sounds that could have easily been the soundtrack to an indie-teen movie starring and angst-y Miles Teller (alla Spectacular Now). The soft alternative rock sounds were warm without being upbeat and happened to perfectly compliment the green tea I was […]

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