Beatitude #9
Beatitude #9

The Orchids

Beatitude #9

October 20, 2014

Alternative/Indie Rock

The band's third album since their late 2000's reunion is another sophisticated indie pop gem that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best work the group did for Sarah Records in the '90s. Working again with producer Ian Carmichael, the band runs through a batch of songs that are positively drenched in all the things that made them great: deep emotional content, rich arrangements, strong melodies, James Hackett's lovely, nuanced vocals.

- Tim Sendra

R Plus Seven
R Plus Seven

Oneohtrix Point Never

R Plus Seven

October 1, 2013

Ambient

Half a decade after its release, Oneohtrix Point Never's Warp debut still feels forward-looking -- not to mention influential on the project's latest album, Age Of. The way Daniel Lopatin fractures and reassembles whooshing choral pads, cheap MIDI-esque sounds and pulverized smooth jazz and new age music remains sleekly subversive, mischievous and poignant, and lays the groundwork for his even more adventurous excursions.

- Heather Phares