Album Reviews

Wye Oak’s New LP is Far From What You Might Expect. And That’s A Good Thing.

I was apprehensive the first time I hear “The Tower” by Wye Oak. The new track, off Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner’s forthcoming LP Shriek, is so vastly different from their previous material, I was almost initiated the metaphorical reject button. Gave it a few days, and tried it again with better results.

Album Reviews

Eureka Birds: Eureka! EP [Album Review]

“That Mountain Is A Volcano” kicks off Eureka Birds‘ recent EP soft and psychedelic, but the song increases in volume and momentum by the end, with swirling guitars and a hint of lightly subdued feedback. This is precisely what you want from a psychedelic pop song, and this is where Eureka Birds are their best.… Continue reading Eureka Birds: Eureka! EP [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Lowell: The Ten Houses and the Falling Leaves [Album Review]

Where was a group like Lowell when you really needed them? Well, they were probably exactly where they needed to be – banging around the turn of the century when music was, for the lack of better words, shit. This group had it’s heyday as local favorites in their fare city of Baltimore from 1998… Continue reading Lowell: The Ten Houses and the Falling Leaves [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Ned Oldham: Let’s Go Out Tonight 7″ [Review]

A quick read-up on Ned Oldham will tell you he creates mystical Americana folk songs. A listen to his music will support those words. You could even consider questioning his namesake — could it be the less backwoods kin of Will Oldham? Indeed he is. Here he steps out from behind his more well known… Continue reading Ned Oldham: Let’s Go Out Tonight 7″ [Review]

Interviews

An Overseas Conversation With Singer/Songwriter Jenny Boyle

For those who do not know me personally, and I’m sure there are many of you out there, I [Ron Trembath] have been contributing to FensePost for over a year and a half now. What might be the real surprise is that I am also a member of the United States Air Force. I usually… Continue reading An Overseas Conversation With Singer/Songwriter Jenny Boyle

Album Reviews

Kadman: These Old Bones [Album Review]

True folk-pop minimalists are of a rare breed these days. Many folks have become perfectly fond of only accepting Nick Drake and a handful of other Drake ripoffs hanging around. My recommendation: let these conformists have a listen to Kadman’s sophomore release These Old Bones. Let thee be regretful and God forgive them for their… Continue reading Kadman: These Old Bones [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Beach House: Teen Dream [Album Review]

Fact: I never really dug Beach House. I often found their blend of minimal drone meets spacey bedroom pop a bit drab. Melodies didn’t seem to be all there, and the vocal parts, too, were dull. My interest waned in the first few songs of both their debut and follow-up, so I’d pull them from… Continue reading Beach House: Teen Dream [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Gary B & The Notions: The New Twist & Shout [Album Review]

The term “WTF” was thankfully not accessible when Elvis Costello emerged so many years ago. But, in his beginning stages, it probably would have applied. Thankfully, the artistic revolution happend, and he became a household name. And with this, some brilliant performers were surely to draw influence. One act would be Gary B & The… Continue reading Gary B & The Notions: The New Twist & Shout [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Le Loup: Family [Album Review]

Upon first hearing “Beach Town”, the first officially available track off Le Loup‘s sophomore release Family, I noted how it was surprisingly reminiscent of recent Papercuts. I failed to mention that the two artists shared a stage at CMJ 2007, where I saw each lay down a phenomenal set. Well, listening to Family in its… Continue reading Le Loup: Family [Album Review]