|Ghosts and Creatures||Dormarion|| |
|I Was Cruel||The Stand-In|| |
|Coast to Coast||Cerulean Salt|| |
|Strictly Reserved for You (feat. Menahan Street Band)||Victim of Love|| |
|I Cry for Love||Give Me All You Got|| |
|Ishimura (Evol Intent Remix)||Tangram Remixed|| |
|Dooyo||Volume 5|| |
|Silver Lining||In Guards We Trust|| |
|All I Know||The Ol' Soul EP|| |
|Bathroom Laughter||Honeys|| |
|Brother In Arms||Bones|| |
“No origin, no description. I can’t tell you what the word means. It’s like something from "Lost".” So says Michael Benjamin Lerner, the bearded, bespectacled frontman (actually, he's the only member) of Telekinesis about the mysterious title of his fourth long-player, the puckish yet amiable, Merge-issued Dormarion. Actually, Dormarion is the name of the Austin, Texas street where he and Spoon drummer/producer Jim Eno, who mans the kit on the majority of songs here, spent countless hours putting together near perfect slabs of power pop-infused indie rock like "Power Lines," "Wires," and "Dark to Light," and while the resulting record may not have the power to transcend time and space, it's got loads of charm and a captain who knows how to chart a streamlined course. For the most part, Lerner sticks with the kind of convivial, Weezer-meets GBV power pop offerings that made the band's 2009 eponymous debut and 2011 sophomore outing Twelve Desperate Straight Lines so ripe for road tripping. This time around he's added a few more to the mix, like the blistering "Empathetic People," the decidedly Beatles-esque "Lean on Me," and the aforementioned "Power Lines," while tossing in a few curveballs like the sparse, melancholic sunset ballad "Symphony" and the excellent, moody, electro-tinged "Ghosts and Creatures" for good measure. The latter, at least sonically, opens up an entirely new world for the young singer/songwriter, one that four albums in, Lerner's Telekinesis, which has pretty much driven its current sound as far as it can go, might be wise to revisit in the future.
James Christopher Monger, Rovi
From her early studio days as a fiddle-playing sweet-voiced singer working with country-folk veteran Chip Taylor, Carrie Rodriguez has grown and blossomed over her five solo albums into a poised and confident vocalist, and perhaps more importantly, since she could always sing and play that fiddle until you came out of your boots, she's developed into a mature, confident, and extremely moving and graceful songwriter, which is everywhere evident on the Lee Townsend-produced Give Me All You Got. Songs like the marvelous opener, "Devil in Mind" (along with its instrumental reprise later in the sequence), and "Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood," both of which Rodriguez wrote or co-wrote, have a timeless feel to them, almost like she just happened to come upon them and decided to sing. And she does pretty well with other folks' songs here, too, including Chip Taylor's "I Cry for Love" and a pair of songs from Luke Jacobs, the wonderful and assured "Tragic" and the beautiful "I Don't Mind Waiting" (sung as a duet with Jacobs), and everything on this impressive outing fits together like honey and smoke in a warm but vibrant Texas breeze.
Steve Leggett, Rovi
Young Guns recorded their sophomore record in the remote Karma Sound Studios, Thailand, where it was produced by SikTh guitarist Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Gallows, Johnny Truant). The British alt-rock outfit pick up from their successful debut - All Our Kings Are Dead - and firmly cement their melodic rock sound here, with lead singer Gustav Wood’s powerful vocals matched by the ferocity of the drums and soaring, infectious guitar hooks., Rovi