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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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Rock It To The Moon could easily be the title of some stoned-out stoner-rock sludge-fest, but Electrelane leave the ballast of bell-bottoms and fuzzy facial hair to unwashed retro-kit hipsters. The Brighton-based quartet claims a set of distinctly feminist inspirations; their longplayer is dedicated to some of my own heroes (Virginia Woolf, Kathleen Hanna), plus some other unlikely inspirational sisters (Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, Joan Armatrading). With the overwhelming drone of a Farfisa organ liberally laid over their driven rock-trio rhythms, Electrelane drive their garage-band outta the garage and out inta space with a focused, kraut-like essence whose non-reverent, non-fuzzed tones are free of the lingering specter of drugs (whose smell often never washes out of the threads of other combos turning a similar instrumentalist trick). Not taking drugs to make music to take drugs to, Electrelane instantly endear themselves to a pragmatism oft lost in the space/spaced-out oeuvre; their own label, Let's Rock, and their Ladyfest affiliations underline an alignment with such practicality. But their grand-scale exercises in massive contrasts and wrung-out rhythms are hardly bland or austere as a result, their sizeable "film music" desires even filled with the remnants of musical influence from such stylish sources as old Italian soundtracks and dug-out Swedish psych-rock. And like the most soundtrackist soundtrack, Rock It to the Moon covers the emotional and tonal spectrum, from incidentalist atmospherics to thumped-out exultation. But it tends to sound best when Electrelane lay it all down; cuts like "Blue Straggler" capture a rhythmic forward momentum whose progressive prog-rock motion seems charged by a little red engine longing for the light of la luna.


by Anthony Carew




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