There is a tendency to label anything instrumental as being post-rock. I'll take it in stride as I know that genre tags are just that -- something used to perk the interest of your listeners. They're tags used to get them to pick up the...

Without lyrics, instrumental music often gets confined to the background, serving as an accompanying soundtrack to a movie or television series. Fortunately, despite having songs that were used on the TV adaptation of This American Life, Pale White Moon's debut, Call Of The Wolf Peach,...

Chris Root and Juju Stulbach have created a self-titled album that entertains better as a whole than as a collection of individual songs. Undersea Poem is truly an indie symphony movement, which serves as a beautiful backdrop, at that. Initially, I didn't find anything particularly compelling...

I hear the words "haunting" and "beautiful" used to describe a lot of songs, but to me, this beautiful track by Black Feather, "Razor Blade," is epic and daring and completely worthy of those two adjectives. Their record dropped earlier this year on Portland, Oregon's Other...

The lead-in to Arms And Sleepers' new disc, Matador, is only a little over a minute, but it does what it's supposed to. In just that short time period, it wordlessly sets the stage for the rest of the disc, with twinkling keys pricking in...

Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love, and the pleasant indie folk sound they bring, take some time to get into. With their third disc, Feels, Feathers, Bogs And Bees, the band seems to be crafting nothing more than harmonious background music with dabs of pop sentimentality -- at least initially. One finds that even though LLLLLLLLL's music is pleasing on the ears, it's not pop; it won't easily get lodged into your brain, and Kelly Dyson's vocals simply aren't easy enough to understand to readily sing along with. Where, then, does the appeal of Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love lie? Turn the volume up, and what's endearing about the band begins to shine through. It takes patience to find the enveloping beauty of their music, but listen carefully. Their appeal lies completely in the details.
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In a feat that must be applauded, Dean Woods' new release, Ahhhmend, manages to create a sound that might simultaneously have come from a simpler, naive past and a distant and sophisticated future. These are beautiful songs that, in an elemental move that is reminiscent...