Videos

Efterklang: Cutting Ice To Snow [Video Feature]

Written by Fense We’ve seen a slew of bands like this lately and I believe it’s a good thing. Groups like Sufjan Stevens, Anathallo, Sigur Ros, and Efterklang (MySpace) are all highly orchestrated and emphasize melody and musical prowess. Where your standard band can easily be self-taught, groups like this generally have a bit of… Continue reading Efterklang: Cutting Ice To Snow [Video Feature]

Features

Silence Is Sexy [Feature Band]

Written by Ron Trembath The Netherlands have a secret that is rapidly being exposed. Silence is Sexy is an electric and gravity-defying group specializing in harmonies and the owners of an arsenal of alternative instrumentals. On This Ain’t Hollywood, the guys portray exactly what it means to use powerful lyrics to dramatize pulse pounding in… Continue reading Silence Is Sexy [Feature Band]

Album Reviews

The Atlantic Manor: On The Wrong Side Of A Saturday Night [Album Review]

You might ask yourself: What does a snowy picture of a barn in the Pacific Northwest town of Edison have to do with a band called The Atlantic Manor? Feel free — it would be a viable question. Well, let me tell you. This is a pretty strange place for such a barn — one… Continue reading The Atlantic Manor: On The Wrong Side Of A Saturday Night [Album Review]

Album Reviews

The Zebras: New Ways Of Risking Our Lives [Album Review]

“A Day On Black Mountain Road” isn’t nearly as upbeat as some of The Zebras earlier work. At least, it doesn’t seem like it at first. It’s the chord progressions — they’re slightly darker. This is not necessarily a criticism rather than an objective side comment. It’s a small stray from the past that pops… Continue reading The Zebras: New Ways Of Risking Our Lives [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Scott Pinkmountain: The Full Sun [Album Review]

Listening to Scott Pinkmountain for the first time, one is likely to think he is just another standard indie artist. This, however, will fade into awe around halfway through opening tune “Song Of Solomon”. There’s nothing standard about Pinkmountain’s music. It’s unique. It’s original. It’s damn good. Just listen to the horn and woodwinds opening… Continue reading Scott Pinkmountain: The Full Sun [Album Review]

Lists And Mixes

Best of 2008: Fense’s Top 33 & 1/3 Albums of the Year

Written by Fense The year is over. We have a new president about to take office, a failing economy, and out of control weather. The good news is that last year saw some amazing albums hit and, thanks to the rampant oppression of hard times, next year should prove just as fruitful music-wise. After all,… Continue reading Best of 2008: Fense’s Top 33 & 1/3 Albums of the Year

Lists And Mixes · Videos

Fense’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2008

Written by Fense So I don’t really drink champagne, but I’ll enjoy me a thick stout or juicy lager any day. And dry red wine tends to go down a bit smoother than it should. So, as I pop open a bottle of Chilean Carménère, I am ready to compile my top ten music videos… Continue reading Fense’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2008

Album Reviews

matt pond PA: The Freeep

Written by Ron Trembath A truly lovable indie/ambient sound is hard to come by in a world of music filled with angst and worry. Thankfully there are melodically in-tune bands like matt pond PA. Few bands are so in touch with a rampant disregard for what may please the incumbents of a sadder existence. In… Continue reading matt pond PA: The Freeep