Purity Ring - another eternity

Purity Ring – another eternity

It’s strange the memories that stick with you. I saw Purity Ring in concert two years ago, but the structure of their setlist and the sound of their performance elude me. I do remember, though, the fragile papier-mâché lanterns decorating the stage. I remember the audience, enshrouded by half-darkness and glazed with sweat, swaying to…

John Carpenter’s Lost Themes

The transition from acting to music is a familiar career path, particularly if you take into account the cast of Neighbours, but it’s rare to see a well-known film director dabble in professional musicianship. John Carpenter’s debut album, Lost Themes, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, however, given he’s accumulated more than 22 credits…

TV on the Radio - Seeds

Tv on the Radio – Seeds

Writing about TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light in 2011 – after it topped my albums of the year poll, I wrote: “I loved Dear Science, which was like the last half of a great house party, funky and fun but kinda morose at the same time. Nine Types of Light feels like…

The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers are one of those bands that I’ve always felt vaguely guilty for not liking. The problem wasn’t that I had some deep-seated hatred for the group that I was unable to express, but rather that the group’s impressive reputation and pedigree never translated into great music for me. Sure, Twin Cinema is…

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Listening to Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – the second solo album from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, which was tossed into the internet without preamble on Friday – for the first time, I experienced a moment of aural disconnect that’s characteristic of the millennial music experience. I’d received a message on the phone on which I was…

Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Death From Above 1979’s 2004 debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine always struck me as a scorched earth deal, a grenade tossed by Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler into an unsuspecting music scene before striding away, completely nonchalant. The robustness of the record suggested a simplicity that belied how tricky it was to…

Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Kimbra – The Golden Echo

“90s Music” – the first single from Kimbra’s The Golden Echo – is a misleading introduction in more ways than one. The off-kilter danciness of the track reminds me of Kanye West’s “Power”, in that it’s the kind of pop song that manages to combine infectious glee with intentional abrasiveness; it simultaneously sounds like it…