[PSYCH BLUES] Despite the reservations, sometimes bigger
is better. From the onset, Spirit Lake’s third album, appropriately
titled The Biggening, is more grandiose than the group’s past
Angel Olsen has been singing her entire life. Only now has she found her voice.
Angel Olsen made it clear at the start of her career that she wasn’t afraid to use her voice.
Her solo debut, the 2011 EP Strange Cacti,
was bare-boned, acoustic and raw, and highlighted b
[CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless.
Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.
Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway
between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s
colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and
Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.
A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt
imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and
confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug