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Spectrum Culture album reviews: Poliça – Give You The Ghost and Emily Wells – Mama

Another cd double header. Emily Wells and the voice behind Poliça both are crafters of impressive music and charismatic frontwomen. Their music stands for itself. Read about, and watch, below: “Amongster” leads off the record with scratchy, Wall of Sound synth … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music reviews: Animal Joy (Shearwater) & Le Voyage Dans La Lune (Air)

Two albums, two diametrically dissimilar approaches. Shearwater is emotional, muted and occasionally ecstatic, building their sound up around simple arrangements and melodies; Air is just about what you’d expect from a couple of French guys tooling around with a crapload … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music reviews: Laura Gibson’s “La Grande,” rediscover of Lia Ices’ “Grown Unknown”

Two reviews, four vids. Haunted-voiced female singer-songwriters. A good day for everybody involved. First, Laura Gibson’s new album, the spectral “La Grande”: Due to enlistment of percussionists Matthew Rubin Berger and Rachel Blumberg as well as appearances from Calexico’s Joey … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Dominant Legs – Invitation

Not much to hear here. Girls’ guitarist and some chick team up, release lazy, substanceless music, nobody notices and everyone goes back to their daily lives. Trust me, though, it’s better that way. I enjoy writing bad reviews about as … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture album review: Björk – Biophilia

The Icelandic songstress’s eighth studio album. Definitely not as strong as past work, but still hovering in that delightful space that is uniquely hers. Large portions of the album were composed on the iPad, and in the run-up to the … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Neon Indian – Era Extraña

The fetishizing of the past is something I’ve thought a lot about recently, and I’m always fascinated by the myopic fashion in which past events, eras and trends are sanctified by those living in the present, even those who had … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Mirror Traffic

Sad that Portland has lost Stephen Malkmus (formerly of legendary Pavement) to Berlin, but happy that he’s still putting out some awesome stuff. Beck produced this record, Mirror Traffic, which besides being a cool 90s-act collaboration also produces a balanced … Continue reading

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