Some April AMG reviews are up

And more on the way…

All Tiny Creatures — Harbors
Emanuele Errante — Time Elapsing Handheld
Com Truise — Cyanide Sisters
Makoto Kawabata — Samurai Blues
Dustin O’Halloran — Lumiere
Nick Jonah Davis — Of Time and Tides
James Yuill — Movement in a Storm
Sarabeth Tucek — Get Well Soon
Powerdove — Be Mine
Thousands — The Sound of Everything

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School of Seven Bells — worth the hype

School of Seven Bells

Bluntly put but true. I came to School of Seven Bells fairly cold in terms of their collective background — and you wouldn’t believe how many people were shocked to hear that I had never heard any Secret Machines before (hey, I knew the name, I was just busy with other things!) — and what I heard of their recorded work was enjoyable and a grower, but didn’t immediately make me go “OMG greatest thing ever!” as so many other people did.

I’d heard enough reports about their live show, though, to know that catching them with Black Moth Super Rainbow (a good act, not the end of the world for me but the new album’s nice) when they played the Detroit Bar was kinda key. So it proved — to my slight surprise I ended up perched onstage a bit while the show started off well about halfway through it all turned spectacularly wonderful. All three members bring something different to the stage and the sheer monstrous blast of the music — electronic rigor/feedback explosion/keening harmony — was breathtaking and enveloping. Very much put me in mind of usual suspects — Chapterhouse’s Loop fetish, Curve’s similar tech/guitar combination, MBV of course — but with their own particular stamp. So yeah, catch ’em.

Opening guy James Yuill turned out to be a pretty good act himself — ignore the ‘folktronica’ label, yeah he uses acoustic guitar and a live electronic setup but he has his own thing going and I wasn’t surprised to learn he’s remixed Patrick Wolf. Photo sets for both here and here and here’s some sample shots from both:

James Yuill

James Yuill

James Yuill

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells

School of Seven Bells