Album Stream

Album Stream: ILLLS – Hideout From The Feeders

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2013


My friends over at the recently started New York label Aloe Music have been doing good things. One of these good things is the release of ILLLS debut album Hideout From The Feeders.

For those of you new to ILLLS, it’s the project of Oxford, Mississippi’s Steven Ross. He creates songs with sweet harmonies, laced under layers of fuzzy goodness and vocal distortion. The album features track after track of hooks that don’t immediately jump out at you, but the impression is made and with every listen you find yourself hooked more and more. There’s a lot of hooks and melodies to take in, sweeping, full of energy and hopefulness.

There’s a homey, lo-fi quality to Hideout From the Feeders that doesn’t take anything away from the album. Quite the opposite, actually. It works magically on the songs, giving them a warm realness. It’s raw and true. Some moments remind me of Youth Lagoon, who incorporates the same elements into his work.

Don’t know why this album hasn’t been getting more attention. I know everyone’s busy with their year end lists and holiday staff parties, but be sure to give this album a spin because it’s been an end of the year sleeper surprise for me.

You can stream the whole thing below, and head to Aloe Music directly to give it a purchase. Read the rest of this entry »

Premiere: Stream Alvin & Lyle’s Debut Album

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2013


Today marks the release of Alvin & Lyle’s self-titled debut album. We already had the pleasure of premiering two songs off it, “So Delicious” and “Strangers,” and now he’s given us the privilege of premiering the album stream.

Go get lost in a full album of mesmerizing jams that we’ve come to expect from him at this point. See why he’s one of the artists you should be giving your time and attention to, as he’s one of the brightest young minds in music right now.

If you like what you hear, be sure to buy the album over at iTunes.

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Album Stream: Cut Copy – ‘Free Your Mind’

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2013 — with 1 comment

Cut Copy’s new album Free Your Mind comes out on November 5 via Loma Vista/Modular. Just the other day they shared a new track from the album called “We Are Explorers” with us.

Tonight they’ve surprised us with an early stream of the album posted on their site. They’ve shared the album via a widget, which comes with the following message:

Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. While the two summers of love were birthed from burdening times, Vietnam and 10 years of Thatcher’s reign, they were one hell of a party. Unprecedented explosions of youth culture which tore down the walls of perception through communal elation and celebration. Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind creates a fantasy of the next youth revolution, binding the two epochs without the negative baggage. An event told in three dimensions. Turn on, tune in…

With that said, I hope you enjoy the new album. Dive in below.
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Album Stream: Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’

By Will Oliver, October 24th 2013


As you’re probably well aware, Arcade Fire’s new James Murphy-produced album Reflektor comes out next week, via Merge. The album may have leaked earlier today, but the band have took things into their own hands by releasing an official stream on youtube, set to the 1959 film, Black Orpheus.

Check out my coverage of their show in Brooklyn last week during CMJ right here. After a few listens to Reflektor, I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Let me know what you think about the album either in the comment section below, or over on twitter.

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Stream: Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2013 — with 2 comments

arctic monkeys AM

On September 10 Arctic Monkeys will release their new album AM via Domino. Let me tell you, its a good one. You need to give it some time to really sink in and grow, as it takes some time to really absorb it all.

We’re one week away from the release date, but the album is available to stream in full over at iTunes. Go give it a listen, and be sure to come back here and leave a comment letting me know what you think of the album.

I’ll have a full review coming in the next few days. Be on the lookout for that.

[stream]: Ty Segall – Sleeper

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2013 — with 1 comment


The madman recording maven that is Ty Segall is back at it again with new album Sleeper coming out later this month (August 20) via Drag City.

NPR, who premiered the album stream, got some insight about the album from Ty. I was surprised to hear that Segall was releasing a mostly acoustic album at first, but then when I heard the story behind the album it all made sense to me. Last year Segall lost his father to cancer. He moved out to L.A. to be closer to his sister, and had a falling out with his mom whom he isn’t currently on speaking terms with. I can’t blame the guy for stripping things down and putting his mind to his music.

Any fan of Segall needs to listen to this album immediately. Even if your not, how can you not want to listen to it after reading about the story behind it?

Head over to NPR to check out the stream.

statistics peninsula cover

After eight years away from the game, Statistics – the solo project of Denver Dalley, guitarist of Desaparecidos – is back with new album Peninsula. It’s the follow-up to 2005’s Often Lie. We have the honor and privilege of premiering the stream of the album, which is out today via Afternoon Records.

On Peninsula, Dalley delivers forward minded rock with a funky electronic side that is a heavy factor throughout. The album includes a cover of Rilo Kiley’s “Pictures Of Success” as well as a feature from Har Mar Superstar. You will hear a sense of atmospheric nostalgia on the album which is both thinking ahead, while also paying respect to the past.

The album is streaming in full below. If you dig it, then you may as well head to Afternoon Records to download it, for free.
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