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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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Amy Linton's won great acclaim amongst the underground indie-pop set for being a kind of Phil and Ronnie Spector rolled into one, as both idiosyncratic producer and sweet-voiced singer for her Californian pop combo, the Aislers Set. Heavily inspired by that "wall of sound" production style, Linton ostensibly tries to marry together lo-fidelity's two most endearing contributions to popular music: indie-rock grit and soul-music recording techniques. The result is a postmodernist, mostly melancholy mixture of mod-pop posing, garage-rock twang, riot grrrl fever, and girl-groupish harmonies. But, where the previous two Aislers Set albums have found her building dense song structures of analog organs and reverb-draped guitars, How I Learned to Write Backwards — easily the band's most consistent, tonally tight disc thus far (and, like, surely it should've been spelt Learnt, I reckon) — instead strips some layers away from Linton's lo-fi wall of sound. The set's standout number, "Emotional Levy," is an amazing example of pop song stripped down to its essence, with Linton delivering a forlorn vocal as the set's bare parts — bass-line, handclaps, drums, backing vocals — come and go in a mix that treats silence as a rhythm, too. Another sentiment that prevails on the record is a sort of spaghetti-Westernish vibe, which surfaces intermittently in dangling guitar lines that linger out long into some night sky. "Through the Swells" (previously previewed on the killer Kill Rock Stars compile Fields & Streams) is the best example of this, its soundtrackist intent so explicit it's kinda reminiscent of another crew of San Franciscans, Tarnation.


by Anthony Carew




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