Features

Therese Aune Creates Haunting Orchestral Pop

About a month ago, I played “Chameleon” by Therese Aune on my weekly KSVR radio show. I remember the song being as lovely orchestral folk-pop with a strong European influence. Hailing from Norway, her track fit nicely amidst songs by Lou Doillon and Cheyenne Mize. Now that I have her new LP in hand, I… Continue reading Therese Aune Creates Haunting Orchestral Pop

Album Reviews

Cannon Beach: Concrete, People And Things (Album Review)

Along the Oregon coast protrudes a giant, monolith called Haystack Rock. Standing 235-feet tall, it is the easily the most defining item in Cannon Beach, giving the seaside town a short drive south from Astoria its fame. I know the Cannon Beach (and surrounding) area quite well from my childhood, having spent several week-long summer… Continue reading Cannon Beach: Concrete, People And Things (Album Review)

Song Reviews

Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo: State of No Connection

Listening to Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo, abbreviated PYHUFNT, I’m reminded of Danish dream-pop outfit Sleep Party People. PYHUFNT has a similar style of indistinct, higher-pitched vocals backed by dreamy, dark electro-pop. “State of No Connection” is the band’s new track from PYHUFNT and in it you’ll hear everything from soft, dreamy synth notes… Continue reading Put Your Hands Up For Neo-Tokyo: State of No Connection

Videos

Until The Light Takes Us [Video Review]

Until The Light Takes Us documents the rise in popularity of Norwegian black metal and death metal in the early 90s. Based loosely around two instrumental band members of Darkthrone, the film peeks into the origins but focuses heavily on the cultural aspect that, politically, turned the country into a frenzy. While never really skewing… Continue reading Until The Light Takes Us [Video Review]

Album Reviews

I Was A King: Old Friends [Album Review]

The self-titled release by I Was A King was pretty solid, but Old Friends is another beast entirely. The album is a stunning portrayal of original pop music. Heavily-strummed acoustic guitars are complemented by pop vocals and offset by thick brass orchestration. And the band forays into experimentation of occasion. “Echoes” features highly prominent trombone… Continue reading I Was A King: Old Friends [Album Review]

Videos

Casiokids: Finn Bikkjen! [Video]

Casiokids‘ “Finn Bikkjen!” is a video about a man and his dog. On his dreamscape journey attempting to catch his best friend, he comes across strange dancers. From there, things get a little weird. The video goes well with the Casiokids style of psychedelic electro pop. “Finn Bikkjen!” lives up to the band’s recent hype,… Continue reading Casiokids: Finn Bikkjen! [Video]

Album Reviews

Silence Is Sexy & The Royal Republican Orchestra: This Is Hollywood EP [Album Review]

To celebrate Silence Is Sexy’s full year of success after 2009’s Euronet sensation This Ain’t Hollywood, the Netherlands’ finest group has developed quite a treat for the listeners they picked up over the last 365 days or so. Teaming up with the fantastic Cuban Royal Republican Orchestra, these electro-rockers have developed the very cleverly titled… Continue reading Silence Is Sexy & The Royal Republican Orchestra: This Is Hollywood EP [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Black Feather: Silhouette [Album Review]

Consider expectations defied. Black Feather seemed like such a folk-worthy name; to a somewhat minor extent, Black Feather fulfills folk sensibilities, but the emphasis is minor. The same can be said for pop, though to an even lesser extent. Where this band comes full circle, however is in combining these two genres with experimentation. There’s… Continue reading Black Feather: Silhouette [Album Review]