Archive for 'Brag 459 (April 23)'
JULIA HOLTER Ekstasis Spunk There’s something thoroughly, uniquely beautiful about Julia Holter’s voice. It might be the spritely way she enunciates words, paying each vowel its due, like an opera singer might, but it’s also intimate, muted, resigned. It recalls the confessional intervals of Linda Perhacs one minute, and the prescient timbre of Elizabeth Fraser [...]
The Wedding Present Valentina Scopitones/Fuse **** It was once said of The Velvet Underground that only twenty people ever saw them play live, but each of those twenty subsequently formed the most significant bands of the next decade. The Wedding Present may not be as influential as Lou Reed, John Cale and co., but if [...]
The Herd Better Alive EP Elefant Traks *** Despite having been around for over a decade now, The Herd are showing no signs of slowing down. Better Alive offers cuts from the Future Shade Sessions and there is still plenty of the refreshing honesty and the lack of pretence that has kept this crew relevant [...]
Peter Broderick It Starts Hear Bella Union/ Cooperative Music *** 1/2 This is Peter Broderick’s second vocal record, and it appears that he’s already growing tired of the idea of a ‘pop’ album, along with its traditional mediums. Its very title – a bad pun encased in a URL – implores the listener to skip [...]
Oceanics Bright People EP MGM ** Queensland keeps pumping out charming indie-pop starlets, spreading its sweet, summery goodness far and wide. Floating on that good-vibey dance-wave are Oceanics, as shiny and sweet as the next tousle-haired quartet. Sadly, being the same as the next guy isn’t always the best course of action. The five tracks [...]