Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here

Editions Mego (2010) While very enjoyable, last year’s What Happened was a somewhat ephemeral delight, awareness of its quality fading into the dark recesses of memory. Perhaps a very clever reference to the inherent temporary nature of beauty. Or not. Whatever the case, that fact occurred to this reviewer when listening to Does It LookContinue reading “Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here”

First quarter listening: songs

Right, so FACT have done their state of first quarter 2010 thing, and informative it is too. Check it out! I’m not going to suggest 20 best albums of the quarter. I’m not sure I’ve even listened to 20 new albums in the last quarter. (This will largely be explained below.) What I will doContinue reading “First quarter listening: songs”

Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind

Domino Recording Co. (2009) (A FACT presentation) Here’s an EP from low-key Maryland beat combo, the Animal Collective. They released a fine little album way back at the start of this year, Merriweather Post Pavilion, that could really have done with a bit more publicity. Perhaps it was just released at the wrong time: ACContinue reading “Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind”

Darkest Hour packaging fetish

Hey! Darkest hour is a metalcore band that I haven’t listened to yet. They won’t be as good as Carcass or At The Gates, but they share a member with the lovely Verse En Coma. And… what’s this? Ooh, the mighty John Dyer Baizley painted the cover for them. I guess this means the latest,Continue reading “Darkest Hour packaging fetish”