Stuck - Change is Bad - Album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #20 – Stuck, Change Is Bad (out April 3, 2020)

Excellent news from Born Yesterday Records: the four members of Chicago-based post-punk band Stuck bring out their first LP Change Is Bad on April 3rd.

Our readers know that hate marketing is neither our forte, nor our ambition. We’re here to write about moving art. There’s one problem, though. We don’t know the first thing about post-punk. Okay, we might have posted one article or two on the subject, and yes we’ve seen the movie Control. But that doesn’t give us the legitimacy to talk about this scene. We’re jazzheads, after all.

That being said, we believe that our curiosity easily tops our biggest clichés and beliefs. This explains why we decided to review Change Is Bad adopting a peculiar approach.

From the press release: 

Change Is Bad may be the first album you hear from Stuck, but it’s a record so knee deep in mental anguish, post-punk spirit, and profound sincerity that you can’t help but listen to it again. 

Let’s find out, Good Cop, Bad Cop style.

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Trivial Shields - Levity EP - Album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Michael Buishas

ALBUM REVIEW #19 – Trivial Shields, Levity EP (out April 10, 2020)

With Levity EP, multi-instrumentalist Christian Carpenter aka Trivial Shields invites you to a world full of energy, contemplation, and fun. All this in three tracks only.

Christian Carpenter’s CV? Judge by yourself: among other experiences, his previous band, My Dear Disco (with Theo Katzmann and Joey Dosik) preceded the creation of VulfpeckIt’s no surprise Levity EP is so colorful and emotionally intense, considering the quality of the guests invited aboard this voyage of the senses

Trivial Shields is also set to release his debut LP First Edition Paperbacks this fall.

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Horse Lords - The Common Task - Album Review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture - Picture by Audrey Gatewood

ALBUM REVIEW #18 – Horse Lords, The Common Task (Northern Spy Records)

When we first heard about Horse Lords and their forthcoming album The Common Task, we read the following lines :

Horse Lords make music for the liberation of mind and body.

Five listenings later (and counting), we are really happy to confirm that these words weren’t a form of overstatement.

Let us insist: The Common Task is not disposable experimental music which would have novelty for only emotional value. Andrew Bernstein, Max Eilbacher, Owen Gardner and Sam Haberman delivered a confident, textured, introspective album. Let’s see how.

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Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction album review by Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #17 – Aoife Nessa Frances, Land of No Junction

After a deserved highlight on Bandcamp, Irish musician Aoife Nessa Frances released the highly anticipated Land of No Junction (Ba Da Bing Records) on January 17th 2019. Cian Nugent co-produced the album, and the work released is beyond our expectations for a first!

If you liked the sense of intimacy given by Jennah Barry’s Holiday or the musicality of Jason McMahon’s Odd West (out this Friday), you’re in the right place! Thus, don’t change that channel.

Land of No Junction is a beautiful and rich tragedy. In the noble and literary sense. Here are our thoughts on this release that added a lot of magic in the beginning of this year.

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Album Review of Amber by Youth for Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #16 – Youth, Amber

According to the band: Youth is a vintage journal that you’ve just bought at a local flea market and began filling with beautiful words. Something you carry with you at all times along with your favourite pen. Tucked inside the pocket of your oversized Thrift store cardigan.

The LA-based band released Amber in November 2019. At the time, the album felt like sweet sunrays in the cold winter. What really aroused our curiosity was the gap between the visual identity of the band and the music they recorded. Incongruity generally leading to fascination, Amber has been following us daily (and digitally) for the past three months. 

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Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms album review on Slow Culture

ALBUM REVIEW #15 – Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter, Fathoms (jazz, out February 28th 2020)

Almost two years after the enchanting Case-fitter album, Chicago-based guitarist and composer Jeff Swanson comes back with Fathoms (BACE Records). In case you missed the aforementioned album, we’d advise you to listen to his versions of Graham’s before pursuing, it’s worth the half hour.

The notion of conversation is essential in Jeff Swanson’s compositional style, and Fathoms do not escape the rule, for the listener’s greatest pleasure. Gaussian, the first single (listen below) is a perfect illustration of that fact.

Be prepared: this album is heavier than what Jeff Swanson accustomed his audience to. Heavier, but also more colorful and nuanced. Let’s talk about it!

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