Late blooming albums for your year end lists
By: Justin Kreitzer
Well, 2013 is nearly over and as far as music goes it was an absolutely incredible year, with top notch releases from indie rock mainstays such as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Daft Punk and Okkervil River taking most of the headlines. Before you start making your year end lists, however, I would like to submit a couple of under the radar releases that demand your attention.
Healing Power// Healing Power EP// Broken Circle Records//December 2013
With its final release, Healing Power has left us with something to remember it by.
Save Ends//Warm Hearts, Cold Hands//Tiny Engines//November 2013
With their very promising debut, Save Ends have proven themselves as a band to watch during this year’s resurgence of “emo.”
Matt Pryor//Wrist Slitter//Equal Vision/Rory Records//November 2013
On Wrist Slitter, he sounds renewed after nearly quitting music and working on a farm for a spell prior to writing the album and most of the songs. The opener, “The House Hears Everything” and the insanely catchy first single, “Kinda Go To Pieces” are propelled by the same youthful and passionate exuberance that made the Get Up Kids so powerful. Mirroring his highly praised “Nothing To Write Home” podcast series – where he interviews his musician friends – Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes) and Chris Conley of Saves The Day both appear on the infectiously upbeat and pop-leaning “Before My Tongue Becomes A Sword” and Steve Soboslai of Punchline guests on the standout track “Words Get In The Way.” In showcasing his multi-dimensional songwriting chops, Pryor’s folk influence is represented on the 12-song album by the short, creaky banjo-led title track, with its multi-tracked vocals and aching, straight-from-the-diary lyrics and with the breezy folk of “Foolish Kids” with its laid back vibe and jangly guitars.
For a nostalgic trip down memory lane, be sure to pick up Wrist Slitter by Matt Pryor – it really isn’t as much of a downer as the album title might suggest.
Reach DCP freelance writer Justin Kreitzer at JustinKreitzer@DaytonCityPaper.com.