Chamber Pop

Have We Met

Destroyer: Have We Met

Destroyer is almost an idea more than it is a band. It's a thing that lives inside Dan Bejar's head. It makes almost no sense when you pull back from it, and almost less...
Tigermilk

Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk

What the hell is going on here? That is the only question one can ask when the lispy, Scotsman whines the line "My brother had confessed he was gay to take the ...
Prophet

Ramona Falls: Prophet

For this album to live, something good had to die. Brent Knopf, lead singer of one of my faves, Menomena, announced that with this Ramona Falls release, his for...
The Riptide

Beirut: The Rip Tide

It seems Mr. Condon has gone out of his way here to cut through the nostalgia and make an album that sounds, gasp, at least semi-modern. This one won’t make gra...
Kaputt

Destroyer: Kaputt

My reaction to this album was somewhat akin to my reaction the first time I heard Spoon's Girls Can Tell. It was a Spoon album, to be sure, but a Spoon album th...
The Orchard

Ra Ra Riot: The Orchard

So your drummer and songwriter dies after recording your debut album. It's met with decent, and deserved, accolades. It's like Vampire Weekend Jr., but much mor...
OK Bear

Jeremy Enigk: OK Bear

Stealing his cover art idea straight from Sebadoh's Bakesale, Mr. Enigk skips making another album of nursery rhymes for the mentally deranged and instead tows ...
Intuit

Ramona Falls: Intuit

As the front man for Menomena, Brent Knopf makes great sounding, big music. Ramona Falls is his solo outlet to explore his inner singer songwriter, making great...
The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line

It's hard to believe, after spending four years there, that anything good could come out of Syracuse. It's a gray city cursed with some of the worst weather in ...