There is magic with "Only Mirrors" - the atmospheric and absorbing debut solo album by Drew Andrews, guitarist from The Album Leaf. A rich dreamlike state beyond the gentle intricate guitars and Drew's feathery soft vocals. Maybe the abundance of feeling is from recording an album once again with a father who most of his life never knew he had a son.
Former Archer of Loaf Eric Bachmann has forged a quiet path since the demise of his much-loved indie band. But don't take that solemn calm--spread over three lush records and a few EPs--as a sign of anything but strong reserve. With Bachmann's latest under the Crooked Fingers moniker, his poetic laments find fruition.
Yesterday I was listening to the new TV On The Radio album, Dear Science, with a couple friends. One of them used to be a big music fan, but basically stopped following music in the early 1990s, circa Beck and Pearl Jam. Every time I play him a song by a band I like (Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse), he comes up with a terse response like "fun." If I press him, he can always come up with a reason why the artists of yesteryear are better. He hasn't bought a CD in ages, has never downloaded a … Read more