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The Novembers' 'Elegance' EP keeps niche elements

| Oct 18, 2015

The Novembers' 'Elegance' EP keeps niche elements

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The Novembers ”Elegance” (Merz) The Novembers’ “Rhapsody in Beauty,” the fifth full-length from the Tokyo-based four-piece, was the band’s most artistically challenging release in their decade-long career. The self-produced album opened with harsh noise before spinning off into chaotic hardcore and post-rock, and ending ...

Crystal 'Monsoon'

| Aug 21, 2015

Crystal "Monsoon"

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When I was first listening to Crystal’s “Typhoon,” I was, coincidentally, also watching radar visuals of Super Typhoon Atsani’s approach to Japan — and they matched the music perfectly. This is less because of the storm Crystal whips up on the track — “Typhoon” ...

Suchmos 'The Bay'

| Aug 21, 2015

Suchmos "The Bay"

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The first full album from Suchmos, titled, “The Bay,” is just the kind of soundtrack you need for a Saturday night. The band’s name is adapted from Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, and “The Bay” gives a nod to the jazz legend with the kind of ...