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If you tune into WUOG you might hear the latest from Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You and California dance-poppers Lemonade. Both albums have blue covers, so this article is visually pleasing.

This Will Destroy You – Another Language
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Many have heard of Texas post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. Their atmospheric sound has made it into the hit TV show (and movie) “Friday Night Lights”, bringing music lovers’ attention to the Texas Post-Rock scene. Although Explosions in the Sky is usually the headliner when talking about this style of music, San Marcos, TX quartet This Will Destroy You is revolutionizing the scene. The biggest difference is that most post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky will follow the same formula for each song: Intro, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action. This Will Destroy You was also guilty of following this set formula, but they seem to have break away from it in their latest record Another Language.

TWDY have been active since 2004 and they have come a long way in developing their sound. This record seems to realize the emotional effect certain sounds can evoke in a person’s mind. The band strays from using strictly guitar with delay pedals and pounding drums, focusing more on layering sounds and recognizing their effect on the listener. In tracks such as “Mother Opiate” the drums only use brushes to capture the hazy nature of opiates, while the spacey minor key offers a tone of depression and loss to the whole mix. The album ends with “God’s Teeth”, a track that I listened to constantly over and over again. The guitar swells drone in the back while a piano offers a progression that is calming. While that fades away, there are more sounds that come in offering the listener a pushing and pulling feeling, much like the internal struggle of someone struggling with faith, or someone on their deathbed. The song fades to black at the end, offering an eerie solace. This album is the perfect example of how music itself can speak so much to the soul. I highly recommend This Will Destroy You’s Another Language.

-Shubham Kadam

Lemonade – Minus Tide

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This album by Lemonade provides the perfect synthesis between heavy electric beats and muted dance music. The vocals are harmonic and follow nicely with the instrumentals, creating a smooth synth pop experience for the listener. Sampling sexy saxophone for their ballads and heavy drums for the dance numbers Minus Tide is an extremely versatile album. The lyrics are the true gem. while dance music focuses on the beat and lyrics can fall by the wayside, that is not the case with Lemonade’s Minus Tide, as they combine inspirational lyrics with their tunes. The 80’s inspired vocals mesh well with the modern electronic beats, especially with softer songs such as “Durutti Shores,” providing pleasing hazy sounds, while “Water Colored visions” shows the lyrical capability of the band and the more dance music inspired “OST” allows for a high energy ending.

-Isabella Ballew

We have two featured albums that went into rotation this week, the soundtrack from twee king Stewart Murdoch’s new film and the latest from garage king Ty Segall.

Stewart Murdoch – God Help the Girl

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The soundtrack for Stewart Murdoch’s debut film is everything you’d expect from the frontman of Belle & Sebastian.  God Help The Girl embodies all the twee charm of the Scottish indie band, but instead of the signature pipes of Stewart Murdoch, actors Emily Browning and Olly Alexander, amongst other actors, dominate the soundtrack.  God Help The Girl follows a coming age story of three young adults: Eve, James, and Cassie.  To cope with their own personal struggles, the trio strives for musical success with their band God Help The Girl.  The soundtrack is made up of musical numbers from the film interspersed with instrumental pieces and dialogue between the characters. God Help The Girl is upbeat and fun with tracks like “I Dumped You First”, “God Help The Girl”, and slower and mellow with “Act Of The Apostle” and “Baby’s Just Waiting”. Overall, God Help The Girl is warm and whimsical, highlighting the best songwriting talents of Belle & Sebastian.

reviewed by Anna Anderson

Ty Segall – Manipulator

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 Ty Segall’s seventh album, Manipulator, has a very clear psychedelic influence while still highlighting Segall’s garage rock roots. The album is a departure from Segall’s usual chaotic sound, leaving behind most of the fuzz of his previous work. The guitar use in Manipulator has a definite 70s influence and has a much more clear sound than his last albums. The focus of this album lies in the instrumentation rather than the lyrics of any of the songs, as do most of his previous albums. Manipulator sounds as if it was plucked out of the 70s and dipped in a bath of garage rock.

reviewed by Sarah Guirguis​

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You know the deal. Here comes another year end list, this one highlighting the best local releases (anything from the state of Georgia) of 2013. Ranked in a mostly arbitrary fashion by local music director WIll Guerin, with special consideration to input from Patrick Boyle and Alec Livaditis, as well as a handful of other WUOG staffers. Don’t read too much into the individual rankings, we just put the numbers there so you’ll (hopefully) read the list. So go ahead and enjoy 20 of our favorite 2013 local releases, edited by Dafna Kaufman and Will Guerin.

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Hey everybody. A few quick details on how we put all this together: We compiled a small team of writers/editors out of the current and incoming executive staff at the station. Our weighted votes, along with the votes of 25 other WUOG staffers determined a definitive Top 50 list that we feel best represents the thoughts and views of the station. (more…)

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Known predominantly as a man who works for other artists, Devonte Hynes sure knows how to make music that is without a doubt his own. After providing the vital character for Solange’s True and writing tracks for Britney Spears new album that won’t see the light of day, Hynes has branched out on his own to create his second solo endeavor under the moniker Blood Orange. This isn’t to say Cupid Deluxe is entirely a solo record – each song features collaboration with a multitude of familiar names in the music scene. (more…)