Tag: Brooklyn

Lucius Delivers Relentless Hooks on 'Hey, Doreen'

Look, we know we’re a little past due in posting “Hey, Doreen,” the first single from Lucius’ upcoming LP, “Wildewoman.” Our excuse? We were, um, busy. Seeing Lucius live! Yeah, that’s it. Seriously, though Lucius wowed us at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in June, where Jeff Tweedy called them the festival MVPs after singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sat in…

Your Youth updates grunge song template on 'Thick Gold (Bodied)'

Nobody’s saying Brooklyn’s Your Youth has listened to a lot of Nirvana, but c’mon: they probably did. It’s all right there on “Thick Gold (Bodied),” the free song from the band’s new EP “Battery.” There’s the quiet-loud-quiet dynamic Nirvana got from the Pixies, vocals at once tuneful and abrasive and chainsaw guitar that rips right through you when it kicks…

Album review: Belle Mare's 'The Boat of the Fragile Mind'

Brooklyn duo Belle Mare describes its music as dream-pop, which is more than fair enough: Singer Amelia Bushell and guitarist Thomas Servidone (of Hartford band Heirlooms) certainly evoke a dreamy sensibility on “The Boat of the Fragile Mind,” their debut. She sings in quiet, murmuring tones, accompanied by muted piano arpeggios, strummed acoustic guitar and lush, subdued bubbles of electric guitar.…

Album Review: Easy Lover's self-titled EP

After stints fronting New York indie bands The Affair and Day For Night, powerhouse singer Kali Holloway is back with a new project, Easy Lover, a collaboration with Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Wimmer. Together, they’ve recorded a self-titled three-song EP that puts a new spin on the Ronnie Spector-fronting-X vibe of the Affair. Holloway dials her voice back from full-throttle, without…

Album review: Dirty Projectors' 'Swing Lo Magellan'

Accessibility has never seemed like a primary concern of Dirty Projectors leader David Longstreth, who scrambles after his musical vision with an intensity that can look single-minded. And yet “Swing Lo Magellan” (Domino), Dirty Projectors’ seventh LP, manages to balance the Yale alumnus’ more outre experimental tendencies with some of the band’s most inviting songs. (Listen via The New York…