July 02016 on Audioxide

01.08.02016


July was quite the rollercoaster. Like June, but a bit hotter. Magical. We got four more albums under our belts, regaled by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and bored stiff by Bat for Lashes, with The Avalanches and G. Love and Special Sauce providing some (mild) summer flavourings. It’s been a jumbled spread, to be sure, but a worthwhile one. Complete pictures usually require a fair share of near misses—not to mention the smoldering wreckages. Listening to one in slow motion for 50 minutes was an experience.

Concerning articles, Andrew dived into the past and surfaced with a glowing recommendation for Cuban outfit Los Zafiros. André, meanwhile, reacted to the new Aphex Twin EP (in word only. Insincere, manipulative Audioxide reaction videos remain in the pipeline). He also took the time to write an essay analysing the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. What a nerd.

 

ALBUM REVIEWS


JULY 6th

Bat for Lashes // The Bride

A few interesting instrumentals are peppered throughout the album, but these largely don’t evolve from the opening moments of each track. Natasha Khan’s vocals are as beautiful and delicate as expected, but are noticeably safer than in tracks such as “Laura”.

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July 13th

The Avalanches // Wildflower

“Wildflower is brimming with positive energy, and is a worthy, if lopsided follow-up to the acclaimed Since I Left You. The music is carefree, graceful, and extremely accessible, with an open-ended structure that makes the listening experience feel like a vast and joyous journey.

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JUly 20th

The Jimi Hendrix Experience // Electric Ladyland

To an extent, this is psychedelic background music, the kind only Hendrix, with his divine craft and exquisite ability, could muster. It plays like a vivid dream: beautiful, chaotic, and vigorous. This is prime Hendrix.

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JUly 27th

G. Love & Special Sauce // G. Love and Special Sauce

The production lends itself perfectly to the ‘sunglasses music’ sound, with shimmering guitar stabs, slender double bass slides, and silky smooth vocal delivery aplenty across the album.

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ARTICLES


JUly 11Th

‘CHEETAH’ SEES APHEX TWIN REMAIN IN STYLE

/André

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JUly 22nd

HYRULE’S LAMENT: THE MUSIC OF TWILIGHT PRINCESS

/André

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JUly 25TH

SOME LOVE FOR LOS ZAFIROS GOLDEN OLDIE ‘BOSSA CUBANA’

/Andrew

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