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TEMPLES – VOLCANO

The second full-length effort from Kettering quartet Temples is another solid effort, but as with 2014 debut Sun Structures, Volcano lacks the spark that should be propelling the band into precocious territory. It’s impossible not to compare them to Tame Impala, with rippling base soundscapes, white-funk grooves and a feather-light male falsetto. However, there’s a sprig… Continue reading TEMPLES – VOLCANO

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TEI SHI – CRAWL SPACE

Valerie Teicher’s debut LP displays an extensive range of styles branching from a nucleus made up of R&B sensibilities. The album’s title is derived from a ‘crawl space’ that Teicher used as a child to confront her fear of the dark, and although there are swathes of introspection that could be associated with such a… Continue reading TEI SHI – CRAWL SPACE

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KELLY LEE OWENS – KELLY LEE OWENS

I know this is only the second entry of mine in this month’s Reviews in a Nutshell, but I feel the need to drop a disclaimer noting that this has been an amazing month for high quality releases – something that will be reflected in my ratings for all of the records I’ve had the… Continue reading KELLY LEE OWENS – KELLY LEE OWENS

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JAY SOM – EVERYBODY WORKS

Melina Duterte’s debut LP as Jay Som is an intimate collection of songs that more than vindicate the Bay Area buzz kick-started by a woozy Bandcamp release over a year ago. Duterte recorded Everybody Works entirely in her bedroom studio, and its snug, unhurried, duvet-wrapped warmth intensifies any previous definitions of the bedroom pop genre.… Continue reading JAY SOM – EVERYBODY WORKS