1. the checks – alice by the moon
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alice by the moon is the second studio by new zealand band the checks.

i was never a big fan of their first ablum entilted hunting whales, which lead me to believe that alice by the moon would be much the same but its not, the checks have sat down put their thinking caps on and written good clean rock songs. the whole album is a lot more polished and although i still had my doubts, after listening to the whole thing a few times i was sold. just when i as begining to think rock/alt rock was dead an album like this pops up. a few songs to give a listen are ‘ballroom baby’, ‘you and me’ and ‘back of the restaurant’.

2. animal collective – feels
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what can i say, animal collective is coming to little old new zealands shores so im listening to all their greatest albums and feels has really grown on me. with tracks like ‘did you see the words’, ‘grass’ and ‘the purple bottle’ feels is a second equal album with strawberry jam, which are both slightly behind their 2009 album ‘merriweather post pavilion’.

3. dan deacon – bromst
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dan deacons bromst is a bit of a change from the other albums on rotation with a kick to the head through loud electro synths and keyboards. this is the album to wake you back up when you feel your self dozing off in the middle of work.

4. family cactus – come howling
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as stated in my review of come howling this is one of new zealands best albums of 2009. with a nice blusey/rock sound family cactus is a band to watch. check out tracks ‘kingmaker’, ‘come howling’ and ‘in transit’.

5. volcano choir – unmap
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unmap is the new album by bon iver’s justin vernon. you might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under different monikers, collections of colonies of bees and bon iver. the collaboration predates the meteoric rise of justin vernon’s bon iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005. this 6 piece band sounds like a slower more distorted bon iver with the stand out track ‘island, is’.

…rowan

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bromst – dan deacon

September 28, 2009

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dan deacon had always been just another last.fm recommendation that i couldnt be bothered looking into because i was comfortable with what i was currently listening to. so after i saw numerous other websites raving on about his new album bromst i decided to check him out for myself.

with his fast paced electronic synths, repetitive vocal tracks and clean chimes, dan deacon sucks you in from your first listen. he sounds like a mash up of the fast paced electronic band late of the peir, indie giants animal collective and a chipmunk.

the album starts off with ‘build voice’ which slowly gets louder and louder as it goes on. this track is just a warm up to get you excited for all that follows. the album follows a steady pace each song with its own sound the only down side i felt was track two ‘red f’ as the background music gets very annoying. the tracks ‘paddling ghost’ and ‘snookered’ are personal favourites which i have had on repeat, their simple drums and good use of roll effects fit well.

if you liked dans first album spiderman of the rings you will love bromst. he has perfected his sound and has made two great albums.

heres paddling ghost:

8 / 10
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…rowan

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