Month: September 2015

Review: Baio, ‘The Names’

Baio has been releasing the occasional dance single and remix for several years, but The Names offers a deeper examination of his songwriting craft.    Well known as the bassist from Vampire Weekend, Baio reveals great skill in writing literary lyrics and emotive melodies of his own. Also present are the experimental dance structures and house tempos of his earlier solo work, creating a satisfying balance. When announcing the record  he said it would contain “Bowie and Ferry-influenced pop songs and dumbsmart arena techno.” Fortunately for everyone, he’s delivered on that promise. The Names is out now via Liberator. Buy...

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Review: Sui Zhen, ‘Secretly Susan’

Melbourne-based artist Sui Zhen is known for a wide range of musical styles, from acoustic folk to more experimental pop and minimalist dance tracks.  She is a master in many fields, and Secretly Susan combines them into an extraordinary album of harmony and disquiet. There’s elements of skeletal post punk, romantic synth pop, even bossa nova in its structures. Hazy, layered melodies rise and fall like tides over the lyrics, in which a new musical persona is introduced: the Susan of the title. Viewed in this way the album is both a clear portrait and a masked musical image....

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