Album Review: Noveller ‘Fantastic Planet’

Noveller – Fantastic Planet

It wouldn’t be a stretch to draw comparison between 1973’s animated Fantastic Planet and Noveller’s most recent, similarly titled, album release. Both works invoke surreal imagery that is both menacing and awe-inspiring – a noticeable theme throughout Noveller’s abundant career.  Noveller, pronounced ‘know-veller,’  is Austin based filmmaker and guitarist Sarah Lipstate whom recently toured in support of St. Vincent and contributed to the critically acclaimed Skeleton Twins film score, alongside composer Nathan Larson. Armed only with her guitar and pedal board, Lipstate pushes sonic possibilities and loosely exemplifies the foundation of droned musings – again, loosely. Noveller’s Fantastic Planet is a soliloquy – thoughtful, reflective, affirmed.
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EP Review: St. Vincent “Pieta // Sparrow”

stvincent-pietaANNIE CLARK, A.K.A ST. VINCENT, released her fearless and eccentric self-titled album, “St. Vincent,” earlier this year – which differed emotionally from the 2011 breakout release “Strange Mercy.” Continue reading

Top Ten Albums of 2014

Can I May I’s Top Ten Albums of 2014  

 

10. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
Stand Out Tracks:

“Thuggin”

“Deeper”

“High”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. St. Vincent S/T

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Stand Out Tracks:

“Digital Witness”

“Rattlesnake”

“Birth in Reverse”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.Ought

Stand Out Tracks:

“The Weather Song”

“Pleasant Heart”

“Today More Than Any Other Day”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Sharon Van Etten Are We There
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Stand Out Tracks:

“Taking Chances”

“Afraid of Nothing”

“You Know Me Well”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Half 2014 Albums to Check Out

We gave you our First Half of 2014 Albums to Check Out back in June and here is a follow up for the comparable second half of the year. As you immerse yourself in year-end lists, take a chance to review some albums that may have gone less noticed and check out some stuff that we enjoyed. Make sure to check back on Friday, December 19th, 2014 for our Top Ten Albums of the Year. 

 

25. Generationals Alix

24. Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers

23. Modern Vices Modern Vices

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ET Anderson songs from Best to Slightly Less Best

Every once in awhile your friends will do awesome things and when they do awesome things you want to take part in it no matter how small your contribution. From ET Anderson’s Et tu, ______? a list of songs ranked from Best to Slightly Less Best. 

 

1. Acid Earlier/love thy neighbor

2. It’s Not The Same

3. I Do Not Mind

4. It Don’t Even

5. i’m gross

6. Legs

7. Things You’d Do

 

Download the album here and check them out November 21st at New Brookland Tavern

-Rob Leonard

Album Review: STR GZR ‘Outta Nowhere’

STR GZR Outta Nowhere

Rating: 3.6/5

Sounding like a distress call from the darkest regions of deep space, STR GZR’s debut LP “Outta Nowhere” takes the listener out of their comfort zone into uncharted territories of the milky way and then crash lands them onto the farthest rock in orbit. This LP starts off with nearly a minute of unsettling turbulence, putting you right into the action in “Crash”, with smooth flows on par with Del the Funkee Homosapien’s latest. In the style of Deltron 3030, STR GZR takes hip hop to new regions of the galaxy, with production as sleek as an interstellar cruiser, and rhymes as smooth as butter. It took me three listens to fully grasp Nowhere‘s layers of production. Although the album carries a very spacey atmosphere, many of the lyrical tones remain grounded to earthly subjects. “Fujiko”, another standout track, brings on the slower jams, with some nice jazzy samples. “Ipod” plays out like an A$AP Mob & Flying Lotus collaboration. Comedic elements are laced throughout the LP, such as an ode to Step Brother‘s “Boats and Hoes”, adding nice balance to the force of dark atmospheric tones. The second half of the record slows down a bit, with some songs bordering R&B territory, but ends on a strong note with “The Apple”. Expect many good things from this up and coming duo, considering this is their first release, at least in this galaxy.

Check out the album here via BandCamp

-Justin Ainsworth