“The song sounds like a lullaby, Falconberry seeing mountains at night and the painted sea during the day, cataloging cities that pass before her eyes then vanish. It’s a song about the sorrow that comes with rootlessness, its deep-blue synthetic instrumentation adding to its quiet, dreamlike feel.”
"If there’s a band more explosively singular in the Pacific Northwest than Kithkin, then the Cascadian “treepunk” quartet are just doing a better job of spreading their gospel of percussive, visceral rock. Since the band’s February 2011 formation at Seattle University, Kelton Sears, Ian McCutcheon, Alex Barr, and Bob Martin have crafted a sprawling mythology to accompany their musical exploits."
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"The opening distorted guitar plays less like a traditional rock-instrument and more like a wind chime ringing above a familiar porch seen through the hazy periphery of recollection."
“I guess I’m the pessimist because even though I believed in J and his vision, I was really amazed that we’d got to that point to make a record. I remember getting the test pressing and being shocked and thinking ‘Wow … we actually got this far! We made a record!’ because I didn’t think we’d get there.”
“Eastman overhauls the Caribbean's “Imitation Air” into a steely dance groove with scant vocals, completely gutting the original song's woozy guitar chords and quirky narrative. Eastman spins a pulsating tune of metallic synths, making this remix a nice soundtrack for the weekend's club outings.”
“Yet with his intense stare, careworn voice and knack for talk-singing, Felice is a master at creating a palpable sense of intimacy, which is a pretty sexy trick for any performer. Two brushes with death, two decades apart, also appear to have instilled in him an appealing fearlessness.”
"Each of the record’s 12 tracks of skittering, sprawling electronica, lovingly crafted with outdated digital hardware, corresponds to a level in the game. Taken as a whole, the album is a stiff-upper-lip elegy to a bygone gaming era and a rumination on the alarming rate at which technology fades away."
“Doug Gillard’s latest work, Parade On, is a solo album, and when he says “solo” he means it. Apparently he created almost every sound on this record. He’s played on a dizzying number of projects, always bringing guitar wizardry and a terrific melodic sense. This album is a logical step in his musical development, featuring as it does a wide variety of classic rock and postpunk sounds”