tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack: *
Jack White - Lazaretto: **
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold: ** (Top Track: Shattered & Hollow)
Swans - To Be Kind: **
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent: **
Lewis - L’Amour: ***
Don’t know if this is a hoax or not, it is beautiful, strange, and wonderful. As if someone got inside Blue Velvet-era David Lynch’s head and perfectly combined his love of crooners and synths. You know, it wouldn’t surprise me if Lynch was somehow behind this. No matter where it’s from, I’m glad it’s here.
White Lung - Deep Fantasy: **
The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There: ***
Emo is back, baby! From the barnburner opener to the technically sound though threatening fall apart at any moment instrumentation, this is the music definition of a band needing to get their words out before they explode. This is emo at its best.
Lewis - Romantic Times: *
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso: **