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Monopoly Child Star Searchers
The Garnet Toucan

Toucan eh? According to the press release the toucan is a mediator between human and nature. Next time I want to discuss something with a tree I’ll know who to ask.Anyway this is the project from Spencer Clark who is one half of Skaters alongside the rather more well known ...view item »


Twerps
The Twerps

Not only have the ever-reliable Underwater Peoples dropped a couple of excellent EPs this week, there's also a full-length from Australia's Twerps. Before I spun it I totally expected this to be a shambling, lo-fi affair but actually it's quite polished, with boy-girl vocals complementing...view item »
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Dana Jewell
Wants

Like the quote in the press release for this release... 'Dana's love of beautiful women and deep thought shines through on each hand wrought track'. Sounds incredibly sincere to me but doesn't really reflect on the music contained on this four track EP 'Wants'. Dana's music is erratic, inventive and very much lo-fi. Reminds me Jad Fair or one of...view item »
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La Big Vic
Dub The World!: Actually Revisited

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Family Portrait
Dark Roast EP

I'm a big fan of Evan Brody's (a.k.a Family Portrait) self-titled debut on UP. To me it seemed like a coming of age record that paid homage to Brody's childhood influences whilst suggesting what may lie ahead for the artist. The Dark Roast EP differs greatly from his debut in that it seem...view item »
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Ian Drennan
The Wonderful World

R&J Foods, your flapjacks are bizarre. I’ve just bought one from the corner shop and I would dare to say it’s full of salt. I’ll probably enjoy it when I’m 80, I read the most depressing thing that as you get older you put more salt and sugar onto food as your taste ...view item »
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Sean Mccaul
Midnight at The Purple Palace

Sean McCaul is one of the premier vibraphone players working today, and this new set, which also features the skills of Dave Johnsen, Phil Kester and Jordan Shapiro, shows off his ja...view item »
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King Cyst
King of New York

King Cyst (mmmm, what a name…) is all about the sex, which is not to say that all the tracks on King Of New York are necessarily sexy. Often the characters we are introduced to are in a melancholy state. Cyst’s compositions provide a rich and atmospheric backdrop for these tales. LP on Unde...view item »
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Ian Drennan
Flower of Love

Flower of Love is the third in a trio of contemplative albums by Ian Drennan. 2013’s Prelude to Bleu Bird Cabaret and and 2012’s Underwater Peoples make up the rest of the cycle. Drennan creates spacious soundscapes that are more expansive than his previous work. An equal mix of soothing an...view item »


James Ferraro
On Air

Weirdly, I've another old-sounding synth-based album. That's four in a row. Am I mister synth-geek for the week? I don't mind remotely and I'm also quite chuffed to be the recipient of the new James (Jim) Ferraro album as this particular sometime mustachioed nutcase is normally the r...view item »
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Melted Toys
Melted Toys

You've got the old-school options of either vinyl or cassette for the debut Melted Toys album. These cats are from San Francisco and they play a sun-hazed slacker pop that falls somewhere between the easy-going MOR Of the likes of Real Estate and Triptides and the wibbly psy...view item »
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Free Time
Esoteric Tizz

Some Australian guitar fun from Free Time. Esoteric Tizz is there double A sided slice of sun from the fellas. The title track sounds a bit like The Smiths if they got into surfing - with reverby guitars, slacker-esque vocals and a groove ladend bass line. The other A side is a more washed out post party Marc Bolan meet...view item »
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Three Legged Race
Rope Commercial Vol. 1

Prepare yourself for Three Legged Race aka Robert Beatty. Rope Commercial Vol. 1 is the first in its series from the musician, producer and artists. This record is full of pretty dense material, with Beatty exploring multiple textures, sounds and ideas. It's pretty experime...view item »


Evan Ønly
No Matter What EP

Hello. I’m from the 80’s and I’m here to review the new maxi single from Evan Only. Certainly those boys from Johnny Hates Jazz should be watching their backs as Evan Only are here to claim their sophisticated pop crown. With a voice one part Green...view item »
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Andrew Cedermark
Home Life

Those underwater people at Underwater Peoples rarely disappoint. Here’s the latest from them - the second album by Andrew Cedermark, former guitarist from celebrated indie rockers Titus Andronicus. He’s playing some ...view item »
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Free Time
Free Time

Sometimes you put on a record and you can just feel the stress flow out of your body, trickling warmly down your limbs into the ground. This is one of those, combining Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Woods, Real Estate s...view item »
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Julian Lynch
Lines

Every day lately, there’s a record which tries to send me to sleep while I review it. Yesterday I was getting heavy-lidded whilst investigating the new High Wolf effort (which is totally worth investigating in case you were wondering) and today it’s the turn of ...view item »
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Twerps
Work It Out

I was pleasantly surprised by Twerps’ LP of sunshiney slacker pop that came out on Underwater Peoples earlier in the year and now they’re back with this three song 7” on The ...view item »
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King Cyst
Real Pussy

There’s a peculiar backstory behind the oddly-monikered King Cyst, who were, according to the press release, “primarily...an instrumental Doors cover band” until lyricist Luka Usmiani gave them a demo CD of his work last year and they were so excited that within five mon...view item »
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Ice Choir
Afar

Pain of Being Pure of Heart Kurt Feldman has been a busy lad. On the top of his day job as crossover megastar extraordinaire with his band, he’s got this Ice Choir solo proj...view item »
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Eric Copeland
Limbo

Eric Copeland returns with a new album. Suweeeet! After the insanely fucky magic of ‘Waco Taco Combo’ and a slew of awesome ‘poppier’ 7” releases on ...view item »
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The Memories
The Memories

I’ve said this before but Underwater Peoples seem incapable of putting out bad records. Everything on the label so far has been a winner and I’m pleased to report the slate is still clean with the release of...view item »
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Dolphins Into The Future
Canto Arquipelago

Lieven Martens a.k.a Antwerp's very own Dolphins Into The Future makes his debut for the aptly named Underwater Peoples label with a ponderous New Age reflection on the cluster of islands known as The Azores. Underwater Peoples only make good records so obviously this is a good record but ...view item »
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Julian Lynch
Terra

Kinda wish I didn't have to review this album. 'Mare' was my favourite LP on 2010 by a frickin' mile and a half so 'Terra' was always gonna be a difficult one to get into. Trouble is, I can't help but compare the two and I'm gonna need a fair few listens before I can commit to a definitive opinion on it. Not tha...view item »
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Speculator
Nice

Always pleased to encounter new releases on NJ's Underwater Peoples label. In my opinion they have a great track record for releasing under the radar gems that eventually get the credit and attention they deserve. This new slice of wax is by Speculator a.k.a Nick Ray. This is his debut alb...view item »
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Liam The Younger
After The Graveyard

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Liam The Younger
Clear Skies Over Black River

Is there a mid-point between Jeffrey Lewis and Will Oldham? If there is then this guy surely inhabits it.  He has that sorta nerdy narrative style of Mr Lewis at times but seems to be more at home singing about rivers and rural back porch worries than city and social anxiety.  It...view item »


Sad City
Gestures

The excellent and not particularly prolific Underwater Peoples have sent us two twelves this week. One from Family Portrait and this odd boy from Sad City. Funny little one, this. I'm reviewing it at 45 after fruitless minutes spent trying to figure out for certain what speed it's meant to...view item »
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Mountain Man
Sun Dog EP

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Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Alex Bleeker And The Freaks

So this guy's in Real Estate (who largely appear on the record - albeit in different instrumental roles - along with Julian Lynch and the fella from Ducktails) who've grown on me quite a bit over the last few months. I guess their super easy-going style isn't exactly the sort of thing that's gonna cut through our general office turmoil so it was...view item »
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Air Waves
Dungeon Dots

These guys have been on the music bloggers radar since 2007 (wow that's a long time in music!!!) and they come recommended by Dan Deacon from Deacon Blue...( Dan Deacon is in no way affiliated with Deacon Blue....If he was sick on the red carpet at an awards ceremony would the headlines scream "DEACON BLEW!!!"??) This three piece from the good o...view item »
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La Big Vic
Actually

A very '70s influenced sleeve with the band name spelled out in steam, a series of tunnels and a large tongue protruding. An odd hotchpotch of Brooklyn based musicians (one of them was in a Japanese boy band), they produce a Kraut-ish blend of analogue synth, hums and squeaks that is...view item »
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Julian Lynch
Droplet on a Hot Stone

Feel like I've been waiting forever for this one to drop. Julian Lynch is a true genius. His guitar playing is absolutely outstanding but he's got a true gift for arranging too as anyone who has heard his recent Olde English Spelling Bee LP 'Mare' will no doubt already know. These tracks originally formed part of a tape recorded back in 2008 ent...view item »
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Family Portrait
Family Portrait

More typically high quality audio from the Underwater Peoples label, this time it's the debut from Family Portrait. The arrival of this LP has explained away one mystery that has been bugging me every time I listen to the Alex Bleeker And The Freaks LP and that's 'who's that dude holding a dog on the front of th...view item »
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Twerps
Black Eyes

Glorious shambolic indie rock from these Aussies. It's quite a good single. It's loud and punchy.....a bit like Russell Crowe on a night on the tiles. When it started I thought it sounded like Half Man Half Biscuit, or some other messy indie twats. By the time it had finished I reckoned it has more in common with Real Estate on uppers. It ha...view item »
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Various
Winter Review

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Melted Toys
Washed & Dried

Melted Toys get reviewed because we played the Jim Jones Revue single and it was so bad Dave had to go home to cry in despair for a bit, Business Lady ran round screaming with a postal sack on her head & Phil stood outside smoking a whole fistful of tabs, grimacing. Only our Ant was spared, due to his zen-like meditation techniques which all...view item »
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Tennis
Baltimore

This is one of the 7"'s that I've been given that is flying off the shelves. It's rare with a record that contains vocals for no-one in the office to be sure at what speed it runs. 45 sounded too fast 33 sounded too sluggish. A quick check on Myspace (remember that?) reveals that the vocalist is indeed a lady with a very high voice. So 45 it is....view item »
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Andrew Cedermark
Moon Deluxe

Andrew Cedermark is the ex guitarist in Titus Andronicus and has something to do with Real Estate I understand. This LP has something of the Real Estate/Hoboken Water Music thing going on with its intricate jangle and strum guitar playing, crashing cymbal heavy drums, elements of the beach music, surf pop sound but louder and harder and edgi...view item »
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Andrew Cedermark / Family Portrait
Split

This Underwater People's Records label seems to release a lot of Real Estate affiliated records. There's more than likely a great reason for this but I'm not gonna delve. I like the mystery and so should you! Andrew Cedermark used to be in Titus Andronicus and his 2 tracks on this ace little split 7" are pure psychedelic pop bursting with melody...view item »
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