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Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring

Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring

Romance Is Boring starts out well. Very well. Slow buildup? Check. Bells? Keyboard? Strings? Check. Check. Check. But then towards the middle it totally falls apart. With the weird vocal filter that springs up seemingly out of nowhere and the industrial beat in the background, the song seems to lose...

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Pants Yell! – Received Pronunciation

Pants Yell! – Received Pronunciation

Sarah Records never died! Well, in the traditional sense, the label most certainly did, and its punk-esque final words, “We don’t do encores,” pretty much answers any questions about whether or not the label will return. But the influence of Sarah’s bands lives on and can most certainly be seen...

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Orenda Fink – Ask The Night

Orenda Fink – Ask The Night

To say Orenda Fink draws heavily from her influences would probably be an understatement. Ask The Night sounds something like a Frankenstein monster made up of Led Zeppelin’s folkier leanings (think “Going to California”), Neil Young’s songwriting and themes, and Emmylou Harris’s vocal techniques. But as they say, the whole...

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