Spiral Stairs – Doris and the Daggers (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Spiral Stairs
Album: Doris and the Daggers
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 288 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Scott Kannberg — aka Spiral Stairs — took an extensive break after the release of 2009’s The Real Feel and the Pavement reunion that followed in 2010. He moved to Australia, settled down, and had a kid, eventually uprooting to Los Angeles when his in-laws moved to Mexico (his family would later join them). While in Los Angeles, Kannberg started writing music again, developing the compositions that began Doris & the Daggers. Recorded with a host of indie rock stars, including members of Broken Social Scene and the National, Doris & the Daggers is settled in an appealing way. Kannberg eases into a collection of classicist guitar pop that recalls vintage ’80s college rock from New Zealand and Australia, but also bears some resemblance to the sharp, knowing pop of Kelley Stoltz, who functioned as a part-time collaborator on the record. Guitars may be at the center of Doris & the Daggers but Spiral Stairs doesn’t walk a narrow path. He anchors “No Comparison” with disco rhythms, the opener “Dance (Cry Wolf)” feels like a vague tribute to either David Bowie or Echo & the Bunnymen, horns grace “The Unconditional,” and the title track is a phased rush of noise that recalls Pavement pulling pranks. Nevertheless, the heart of the album is in those ringing riffs and winding guitar chords, songs that feel like middle-aged updates of “Date with Ikea” and “Passat Dream,” and that’s highly appealing. Kannberg seems comfortable in his skin, happy to reconnect with his roots but never desperately scrambling after the past, and that makes for a quite charming record. ~~ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Sneaks – It’s a Myth (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Sneaks
Album: It’s a Myth
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 104 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Like most of Sneaks’ music, “Future” is in constant gyroscopic movement—thumping rhythm cutting around deep bass, spoken-word patterns somersaulting through image fragments, childhood nostalgia, and cryptic wordplay. The song is a fitting culmination for It’s a Myth, Sneaks’ second album due March 31, 2017, on Merge Records. With little more than a bass, drum machine, and deadpan vocals, Sneaks, a.k.a. Eva Moolchan, makes minimalist music that takes up space—something she herself has made a point of doing in the male-heavy Washington, D.C., DIY punk scene that has been her home. Moolchan’s compelling songwriting, along with the fervid energy of her shows, prompted breakout D.C. label Sister Polygon to release her 2015 debut Gymnastics, which Merge reissued in September 2016. It’s a Myth builds on Sneaks’ playfully stark approach to post-punk, which, as her hometown City Paper described it, causes listeners to go “from curious to provoked to hungry.” Hungry, in part, because the new album clocks in at just 18 minutes of 10 taut, captivating tracks (but still a feast compared to Gymnastics’ 14 minutes). It also adds Jonah Takagi and Ex Hex/Helium frontwoman Mary Timony, who recorded the album at Timony’s D.C. studio. “She’s got art in her brain,” Timony has said of Moolchan. “Her brain is making beautiful stuff.” Though it flows from influences like Pylon and Bush Tetras, much of that beautiful stuff is hard to categorize or compare to anything else. It’s herky-jerky and fluid all at once, childlike and yet deeply perceptive. “I’m so sure what I’ve been told and I don’t need it,” she sings on “Devo” (a title that appropriately conjures another incarnation of robotic insight). “I don’t know what I’ve just learned but I won’t repeat it.” And while some songs revolve around repetition of the mundane (“Me n me n me n me n you/ You n you n you n you n me” in “With a Cherry On Top”), others are unequivocal confrontation (“You think you got a lot to say/ No you think you need a bigger stage/ You think I can’t contain my rage/ Let me see you bend your breaks” on “Hair Slick Back”). Moolchan calls Sneaks “a character” that she’s playing, and there’s certainly an element of mystery around the persona and her riddles. But it’s also all her, born out of full solo creative control after stints in a number of D.C. bands. “When I’m writing songs, it’s actually pretty selfish, because it’s like, this is what I need to hear right now in my life,” she has said. It’s surely what others need to hear as well.

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Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Moonlandingz
Album: Interplanetary Class Classics
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 279 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Debut 2017 album. Apocalyptic glam-rock & filthy psych from members of Fat White Family & All Seeing I. Guests include Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Randy Jones (Village People), Rebecca Taylor (Slow Club) and Phil Oakey (Human League).

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Mighty Oaks – Dreamers (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Mighty Oaks
Album: Dreamers
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 310 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Based out of Berlin, Germany, multinational indie folk trio Mighty Oaks formed in 2010 around the talents of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Ian Hooper (United States), Claudio Donzelli (Italy), and Craig Saunders (United Kingdom). The group’s tight, three-part harmonies and effusive, largely acoustic-driven folk anthems have drawn comparisons to bands like the Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, and American Authors. They released a home-recorded EP in 2010 which garnered 370,000 downloads, and in 2012 they began work on a proper studio EP. The resulting Just One Day drew rave regional reviews, and was followed in early 2014 by the group’s debut long-player, the Universal-issued Howl. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Hauschka – What If (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Hauschka
Album: What If
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 266 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Since 2004, Volker Bertelmann – aka Hauschka – has, steadily earned a remarkable reputation as a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music. On What If – which finds him adding player pianos (also known as pianolas) to his arsenal – Bertelmann expands his range even further, defying expectations and delivering what is without a doubt his most ingenious album yet. While engaging with his trademark technique of utilizing unusual objects – art erasers, for example – to treat (or ‘prepare’) the piano, Hauschka also programmed parts for player pianos, exploiting the speed at which they could play, manipulating the resulting sounds, and building layers to emphasize a composition’s meter. What If aims to provoke reflection beyond the musical sphere with the titles of the both the album and its individual tracks. Overflowing with haunting melodies, mysterious sounds, and complex patterns, What If crowns an extraordinary couple of years for Hauschka. Likely to prove one of 2017’s most original albums, What If redefines the very notion of piano music in dramatic and exceptional fashion. It stands as a rebuttal to those who lazily shoehorn Hauschka’s work into the so-called, uncomfortably broad ‘new classical’ category, and instead underlines his status as a unique and invaluable artist.

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Chase Atlantic – Part Two (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Chase Atlantic
Album: Part Two
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 75 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Australian brothers Mitchel and Clinton Cave began releasing music via their YouTube channel before starting pop act Chase Atlantic in 2011 with friend Christian Anthony. The trio expanded on the Cave brothers’ early songs, incorporating elements of contemporary hip-hop and trap production into decidedly alternative-minded pop and rock songs. The trio grew through releasing tracks online and touring throughout Australia. Their 2014 EP, Dalliance, was followed by Nostalgia, another EP released the next year that included the viral single “Friends.” Chase Atlantic’s energetic songs and relentless self-promotion eventually landed them a deal with Warner Bros., which planned a self-titled release for the band sometime in 2017 and preceded it with three singles from the album early that year. ~ Fred Thomas

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Guided By Voices – August By Cake (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Guided By Voices
Album: August By Cake
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 490 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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2017 release. Guided by Voices’ August By Cake is the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has released since 1986’s Forever Since Breakfast. To put that in perspective, Bob Dylan has released roughly thirty nine studio albums since 1959. And that includes the Traveling Wilburys. This is a highly anticipated record, which includes the new line-up (returning GBV veterans Doug Gillard and Kevin March, virgins Bobby Bare Jr and Mark Shue) that has been wowing audience in clubs and festivals throughout 2016. It’s the most musically adept and versatile line-up Pollard has ever assembled. With thirty two songs, this album is also GBV’s first ever double album, and song contributions from all five band members is additional icing on the cake, setting album #100 apart from the previous 99. The double album is an important format in Pollard’s own musical iconography, and he doesn’t take the form lightly – one reason he’s planned and abandoned several would-be GBV double albums in the past is his high regard for foundational works like Quadrophenia, the White Album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Daydream Nation, Zen Arcade, Double Nickels On the Dime – “defining records for these bands,” says Pollard. It’s important to him that August By Cake not just be a double album but that it be a great one

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