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Hi Lo

Hi Lo by Tito Ramsey   (January 10, 2012) 

‘It Takes Control’ comes on frantically, swinging swords and pointing fingers, as it looks for a tangible resolution within its vastly mixed audio palette.  Tito Ramsey’s latest EP, Hi Lo, combines charming indie rock progressions with more experimental stanza structures, dotting melodies through an ebbing audio environment that lathers up the brain (if you want it to).  If not, you’re on your own.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying Portlandia, so it only seems natural to take a Seattle-loving, defensive stance.



Adam Pruss: Beyond Faded

Originally, this track was titled ‘Infinity Soldier’

While passing from poorly lit hallway to poorly lit loft, a bong is thrust into my hand before “hello” even crosses my mind. I’ve entered into the cave that is the mind of Adam Pruss (Flowers for Reagan), into a world that I’ve accepted is beyond my comprehension, a world where my ear drums will surely be assaulted, a world where holding on is your best bet.  

Before Gold Panda, before Four Tet, before the extreme rise in popularity that the soft-core-drone scene saw, there was but one native New Yorker writing the earliest pages of the genre’s history.  Flowers for Reagan, pre-reinvention, put forth Reaganomics in 2007, an album that was simply too far ahead of its time.  It existed only in CD format, and as a limited run, but more interestingly, some of the tracks have been hidden within one of the latest FFR releases.  These days, Pruss can be found making far less stable music under the Flowers name.  In fact, to most locals, the name immediately elicits thoughts of complete audio chaos.  However, there is some sort of solace in his early work, as if to suggest that Pruss has already been where we are, has already become more numb that the most jaded city soul and is on to the next one.


The Snake (January 2012)

With the new year, comes a new set of digital singles from The Snake.  The tracks all range in genre and boast diverse geographic origins.  Briefly, I would like to take the time, now, to present January’s collection.  Everyone at The Snake would like to extend a warm thank you to the artists involved and to the readers.

The Hill and Wood

The Hill and Wood by The Hill and Wood   (November 11, 2011) *

We can think of more than a few musicians who claimed their albums would be a mix tape showcasing the breadth of their style, but we can hardly think of any that actually delivered.  Without feeling forced or awkward, The Hill and Wood’s self-titled EP showcases not only the band’s technical skill and talent, but also their fearlessness to employ it in creative ways throughout the record.

From the first track to the last, The Hill and Wood leads the listener through a sometimes folky, sometimes rock and roll, ceaselessly melodic journey. The album moves naturally, but carefully, going slowly one minute and fast the next – a smart move that makes the album virtually indispensible for the folk-rock fan.

Honey Baby


diplodocus by claire magdalena   (January 11, 2012) *

In the circular, transgressive sound of Youth Lagoon, Claire Magdalena puts forth one of the most honest bedroom recordings around.  Captured home sounds, tweaked to fit audio perfection, gently guide the five tracks as they slowly unfold.  Diplodocus has its disorganized moments, which can be abrasive, but the tracks resolve within themselves.


Big Blue Dreams and Salty Stories

Big Blue Dreams and Salty Stories by Giant Octopus   (January 4, 2012) *

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anything Oliver Ignatius touches, or puts his golden voice onto, will be worth hearing, and probably won’t get out of your head for days. The first full-length Giant Octopus LP, Big Blue Dreams and Salty Stories, is no exception. Like every Mama Coco’s release the melodies are at the forefront and often unforgettable (and Ignatius’ angelic harmonies sneak up and highlight frontman Miguel Horowitz’s woozy voice.) Like early Pink Floyd lost at sea, Giant Octopus rocks steady, with flashes of weirdness.

Junior Panther

Ghost Pal One & Two (Best New Reissue)

Ghost Pal One & Two by Ghost Pal   (January 10, 2012) *

Until this morning, it was just a rumor floating around the Brooklyn underground.  But indeed, Ghost Pal has pulled every release and compiled all their singles into a two volume, free collection, available on their bandcamp.  Now, like some military history infomercial, you, yes you, can own the entire GP anthology.