Monday, September 29, 2008

SSLYBY - Pershing

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is no genre-slave. Their music hints at obvious influences from the past and present, but their strong song writing remains so unique that no comparisons need to be drawn. Pershing is accessible, unpredictable, and extremely catchy, while still requiring slight acquired taste. This album deserves to be inducted into the list of the all-time greatest albums recorded in homes within the Springfield, Missouri area, no doubt about it.

SSLYBY - Modern Mystery
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Cloud Cult - Feel Good Ghosts

If you're not familiar with Cloud Cult's frontman Craig Minowa, get acquainted. The band runs as a non-profit organization, donating all earnings to charities, and they only use recycled materials package their CDs. Minowa has dedicated most of his life to aid in environmental awareness, but that hasn't taken away any integrity of the band's music whatsoever. Feel Good Ghosts consists of powerful songs with insightful lyrics and a certain musical-misfit charm that makes Cloud Cult, Cloud Cult.

Cloud Cult - Everybody Here is a Cloud
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Fleet Foxes - Self-titled

"Baroque harmonic pop jams," that is how Fleet Foxes describe their style of music, and a better description isn't needed. This debut album is packed full of four-part harmonies that should send shivers down anyone's spine, along with backing instrumentals that create a very full, rich sound. Fleet Foxes has created a musical niche so original, only they will be able to fill it.

Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood
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Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Justin Vernon is redefining what it means to create folk music. This album is breaking down barriers between our American musical roots and modern music. Bon Iver is tranquil, penetrating musical gold.
If you need convincing watch this.

Bon Iver - For Emma
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These United States - Crimes

The more I learn about These United States, the more I like. Jesse Elliot, the mastermind behind this musical conquest, has such a extensive network of musician friends throughout the U.S. that he is able to constantly change the lineup of his band depending on which city he's passing through. I don't know of any other current musical act as fluid as These United States, and it's all held together by Jesse's distinctive voice, his mastery of lyrics and his devotion to heartfelt, nitty-gritty songwriting.

These United States - Susie at the Seashore
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