Wild Nothing – Indigo (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Wild_Nothing-Indigo-(CT-282)-CD-FLAC-2018-HOUND
Artist: Wild Nothing
Album: Indigo
Genre: Indie
Year: 2018
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:41:10
Size: 288.35 MB

Although civilization’s transition into a cyborg world seems inevitable, there are still those who recognize the beauty and power of a human touch to complement the circumvention. Jack Tatum understands this balance, and through a decade making music as Wild Nothing he has learned to embrace both sides of that dynamic—but perhaps never as distinctly as on Indigo, the fourth Wild Nothing album. On one hand, it is a return to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010’s Gemini, and on the other, a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne and Life of Pause. Indigo finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident—resulting in an artful blend of hi-fi humanity and technology that fires on all circuits and synapses. To make Indigo, Tatum confronted the Man vs. Machine dichotomy by seizing on the surrounding synergy. Finding the right people to work on the album was integral, as was the proper place to record it. So, Tatum booked four days at legendary Sunset Sound’s Studio. Afterwards, producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Gang Gang Dance, Japanese Breakfast) and Tatum built out the rest of the album’s sound by adding new parts and repurposing sounds from Tatum’s demos. The resulting Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum had been seeking his entire career. From the opening drum beat, chiming guitar, and sweeping synth of “Letting Go” to Tatum’s Bryan Ferry vocal turn on “Oscillation” to the ’80s-heavy blips, clicks, and strut of “Partners in Motion,” it’s clear that Indigo is at once vintage Wild Nothing and a bold, new leap into a bigger arena.

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The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts (2011) [FLAC]

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Release Name: The_Go_Team-Rolling_Blackouts-CD-FLAC-2011-FAWN
Artist: The Go! Team
Album: Rolling Blackouts
Genre: Indie
Year: 2011
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:41:04
Size: 305.63 MB

If the Go! Team’s second album, Proof of Youth, sounded like they were remaking their debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, Rolling Blackouts sounds like they are remaking Proof of Youth. Like that record, this is filled with guest appearances, great songs, and a sense of collaboration that was missing from the sample-based first record. However, while Proof had a few weak points, Blackouts has practically no flaws at all. It’s a thrillingly joyous and fun record that bursts out of the speakers with the call to arms of “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.” and rarely lets up. If you thought that maybe the initial idea behind the band as concocted by Ian Parton, the sample-based blending of hip-hop, soundtrack music, indie rock, and hooky pop songs, was going to run out of steam or start to sound forced, you’d be way off. Way, way off. Parton seemingly used the time between albums to line up perfect collaborators, tweak the sound just enough to give it more life, and with his core band write a batch of wonderfully realized songs. From jangling, jet-powered rock tracks, schoolyard-with-strings hip-hop battle jams, and widescreen movie theme ballads to bubblegum sticky pop songs and rumbling gospel throwdowns, Parton and crew can conjure up almost anything and make it sound just right. The vocalists Parton chose fit just right, too. Dominique Young Unique’s gum-smacking nonchalance and sassy rapping on “Apollo Throwdown” and “Voice Yr Choice” are a nice contrast to Ninja’s enthusiasm and fire, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki’s wide-eyed innocence sweetens the work-hating anthem “Secretary Song,” the long-running lo-fi genius Lispector’s singing on the ridiculously catchy “Ready to Go Steady” should inspire everyone to check out her albums, and the London African Gospel Choir gives the record some class on “The Running Range” (which also features some fun yelping from Marina Gasolina). Best of all is the feature for Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, who in a feat of seerdom not known since the days of Nostrodamus, Parton contacted long before she became a ubiquitous poster girl for weedy indie rock. “Buy Nothing Day” is the record’s highlight, as her vocals and the song combine to make the kind of song that would be a huge pop hit if the radio would only allow it. The near-perfect combination of guests, brilliantly constructed songs, and sounds that fit together like a multi-colored Lego wall of sound make Rolling Blackouts something very special.

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The Go! Team – Proof Of Youth (2007) [FLAC]

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Release Name: The_Go_Team-Proof_Of_Youth-2CD-FLAC-2007-FAWN
Artist: The Go! Team
Album: Proof Of Youth
Genre: Indie
Year: 2007
Tracks: 6
Duration: 01:05:26
Size: 471.25 MB

The Go! Team burst onto the indie scene like the proverbial breath of fresh air. Their music, built on samples of schoolyard chants and TV theme rockers, made most everything else sound gray and a little timid in comparison. Thunder, Lightning, Strike, their debut album, was a brilliant record and Proof of Youth can’t help but suffer when stacked up against it. Indeed, it might take a fews spins before you can shake the feeling that you’re listening to outtakes from Thunder, Lightning, Strike, but once you do, the album reveals itself to be another, though slightly lesser, stroke of greatness. Rather than relying heavily on samples this time out, bandleader Ian Parton goes with a live band approach with samples blended in. It results in a slightly more organic sound, but one that’s still recognizably the Go! Team. Meaning that the master tapes were dragged behind a car for a couple of miles and left out to melt in the hot August sun. The resulting tinny and muddy mess may be enough to give audiophiles the hives, but to everyone else it’s an exciting mess that fairly explodes out of the speakers in a hissy rush of sound. The drums pound, the horns blare, the guitars wail and clatter, the vocals shout to be heard; it’s a whirling fun house of music. Which would be enough to recommend the album, but the songs themselves are equally as impressive. “Grip Like a Vice,” which features raps from female pioneers Lisa Lee of Cosmic Force and Sha Rock from Funky 4 + 1, is the equal of anything on Thunder; “Doing It Right” has lovely verses sung by guitarist Kaori Tsuchida to match the instantly hooky chorus; and “Patricia’s Moving Picture” shows a sensitive side the group would be wise to investigate in the future. Taking the place of the samples on Proof of Youth are many guest appearances. Along with Solex’s appearance, Marina from Bonde do Rol sings on the stomping “Titanic Vandalism,” two rap crews from opposite ends of the age spectrum (daycare cuties the Rappers Delight Club and real old-school jump-roping rappers the Double Dutch Divas) are on board for “Universal Speech,” and Chuck D of Public Enemy raps on “Flashlight Fight.” Only the latter guest spot feels like a gimmick. Chuck D’s rap isn’t as bad as his “Kool Thing” misadventure, but it sounds wildly out of place next to Ninja’s exhortations and the old-school lightheartedness that prevails elsewhere. No doubt the idea of working with one of their heroes was a thrill for the band, but the album would have been better off without the song. One misstep isn’t enough to ruin things, though, and if you can forgive them for basically making the same album again, Proof of Youth is a pretty solid continuation of some of the most exciting, innovative sounds around. Next time they’ll have to stretch some, but for now the Go! Team is doing it right.

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Melochrome – This Is Motion (2002) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Melochrome-This_Is_Motion-(LTR012)-CD-FLAC-2002-WRE
Artist: Melochrome
Album: This Is Motion
Genre: Indie
Year: 2002
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:39:10
Size: 208.65 MB

On This Is Motion, Melochrome sleepwalks through a dream world built out of sparkling piano melodies, shimmering guitars, gentle keyboards, the occasional groovy horn part, shuffling beats, and drowsy vocals. Moving away from the guitar-based songs that dominated its first two albums, the Chicago group wrote This Is Motion around minimal piano lines layered with warm electronics and the ambient touches of bands like Stereolab and Saloon (“An Afterthought”) seeping in, but never dominating the record. With elements of dub, hip-hop, and jazz dancing with the pop structures, the resulting music is as sultry as Hope Sandoval, as funky as Morcheeba (“A Forethought”), and as hazy as Woodbine. This Is Motion won’t “rock you like a hurricane”; it’s a gentle breeze for golden slumbers — chill-out music for rock & roll fans.

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