Records

Album | Other Lives – Tamer Animals

If you like at least some music, it seems unlikely that you could possibly dislike Other Lives. It’s just a fact. Tamer Animals, their second album under this band moniker, is a record satiated by generic influences, gracefully pirouetting from…

Album | Beirut – The Rip Tide

Now, I’m not a parent, but I imagine there is an overwhelming sense of relief when your offspring makes the switch from gurgling, screeching waif in need of constant attention to something that is more developed and offers a little…

Album | North Sea Radio Orchestra – I a Moon

Listening to North Sea Radio Orchestra, FFS is pretty certain that, had the music teacher in charge of our school orchestra encouraged us to practice this sort of thing, instead of jerky, deeply uncool ‘big band music’, we might be…

Album | I Break Horses – Hearts

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I Break Horses have been created by a fiendish group of artists simply to confound music critics and disprove our own, limited art. As an explanation, here are the facts about the…

Album | Fruit Bats – Tripper

Like a lot of the folk revival album of the last decade, Tripper sounds very 1970s. It’s gentle, toe-tapping pace, its use of twinkling and sweeping major chords and warm pianos, is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac or Crosby, Stills, Nash…