Calla were, for a brief moment, the best band in all of New York (or my favorite, at least). They are three transplanted Texans whose music encapsulates their move to Brooklyn — it's a curious combination of arid guitars (think Morricone's Western work) and industrial found sounds, like clattering subways and the low whistles of metal against metal. The band's self-titled debut was a perfect blend of electronic and rock musics, and Scavengers leans a bit more toward the latter, albeit in a brooding, disconsolate manner. "Fear of Fireflies" is the poppiest track, singer/looker Aurelio Valle sighing beautifully, and "Tijerina" is the album's most sprawling, confidently building and ebbing to denouement. "Love of Ivah," though, should be your first stop. Creepy-crawly and constructed around a sad little six-string loop, "Ivah" finales with Valle's haunting chant of "oh my my" and his hollow-body guitar ringing strong and full. Radiohead fans would love this.
By Lenny Kaye on 05.27.09 in Spotlights
Of all rock's family tendrils, rockabilly is the one that keeps re-boppin', sporting a revival every decade or so, its coming-of-age kicks allowing each new offspring to roll its own. Guitar-heavy, emphasizing Wild Ones...
By Grayson Haver Currin on 05.13.14 in Reviews
For nearly two hours, To Be Kind — the third album since 2010 from the reconstituted epic aggression syndicate, Swans — tests its audience's limits by pressing its own boundaries. There is the Pentecostal burn of opener...
By Louis Pattison on 05.07.14 in Features
"I think one of the reasons I use love as a signifier on this record — it's giving up, isn't it? Love is giving up."
By Andrew Parks on 08.28.12 in Reviews
Whether he's conjuring up a quiet storm with an acoustic guitar or sharing the asphyxiated psalms of "Sex, God, Sex," Michael Gira has never been the subtle type. That's especially the case with the second coming of Gira...