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Music Review: Ice Choir - Afar

Ice Choir Afar [Underwater Peoples; 2012] by Rowan Savage Rating: “Everything the same/ Again and again and again.” Soft Cell’s 2002 track “Monoculture” remains one of surprisingly few — and certainly the most wittily caustic — take on what Simon Reynolds calls “retromania.” For critics, the problem with the acceleration of the slavish reproduction of past sounds, their colonization of ever-increasing tranches of the pop landscape, is that it brings one to mirror the repetition in question.
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Music Review: The School - Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything

Music / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes (2 years ago)

The School Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything [Elefant; 2012] by Rowan Savage Rating: The thing about The School is that they’re adorable. I find it difficult to give their sophomore album anything but a 5, because look at... Read Post

Music Review: Soft Metals - Soft Metals

Music / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes (3 years ago)

Soft Metals Soft Metals [Captured Tracks; 2011] by Rowan Savage Rating: If we examine the phrase "Soft Metals," our thoughts extend in opposite directions along the timeline. On one hand, we might think of literally soft metals, lea... Read Post

Staccato du Mal - Sin Destino

Music / Rock & Pop : Tiny Mix Tapes (4 years ago)

Staccato du Mal Sin Destino [Wierd; 2011] by Rowan Savage Rating: "Everything the same/ Again and again and again/ Everything that’s old is new again." In "Monoculture" (from 2002's Cruelty Without Beauty), Marc Almond — who knows a... Read Post


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