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July 2015
The Great Void
"Shift Age

If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

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NYC Year End Poll - Indie Pop Submission: The Henry Millers Take 3rd Place

NYC Year End Poll - Indie Pop Submission: The Henry Millers Take 3rd Place

Whenever I think of The Henry Millers, the ultra-literate quartet from Brooklyn, I always think of my parent's music and how every band sorta looked like a family back in the '60s. While not related to one another, singers John MacCallum and Katie Schecter certainly convey a kind of sibling understanding in their discussions of exes ('Mr. Flash Gordon') and love ('Spinning Daises').

Their kind of folksy wisdom isn't out of step with memories of listening to The Mamas and The Papas for latest LP 'Daises'. The record's charm just might bring you into their family too. See the band live when they play at The Studio at Webster Hall on April 1st. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)



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