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click to enlarge Pilot Speed  - Into the West  -  -  - Wind-Up  -  - Sounds like: Coldplay, without the English - accent -  - Short take: Mellow ambience can be - fun! -  - This Toronto-based quartet, formerly known as Pilate, - seems to know what its doing. After releasing this disc in - April  and only in Canada  and calling it Sell - Control for Life's Speed, the band changed things - up a bit by choosing a new album name and swapping - out one track for what now might be the two best on the - disc. The first single, "Barely Listening," is a fine enough - retro-keyboard infused ditty, but the "Into Your Hideout" - and "Alright" additions feature the best parts of the rest - of the album. Here, vocalist Todd Clark does his best - Chris Martin  to dizzying results, and without the - snootiness of Brit pop.  Pete Freedman -
  • Pilot Speed

    Into the West

    Wind-Up

    Sounds like: Coldplay, without the English accent

    Short take: Mellow ambience can be fun!

    This Toronto-based quartet, formerly known as Pilate, seems to know what its doing. After releasing this disc in April and only in Canada and calling it Sell Control for Life's Speed, the band changed things up a bit by choosing a new album name and swapping out one track for what now might be the two best on the disc. The first single, "Barely Listening," is a fine enough retro-keyboard infused ditty, but the "Into Your Hideout" and "Alright" additions feature the best parts of the rest of the album. Here, vocalist Todd Clark does his best Chris Martin to dizzying results, and without the snootiness of Brit pop. Pete Freedman

click to enlarge Mute Math  - Mute Math  -  -  - Teleprompt/Warner Brothers -  -  - Sounds like: An alt rock, electric Sting -  - Short take: On the way to stardom -  - These guys are blowin' up. Internet hype and apparent - knockout showmanship has launched them from New - Orleans to all the big festivals and a current tour with - The Fray. They bang on homemade instruments, sample - live and pull off a distinct, brilliant sound. This breakout - album is tight, diverse and well-crafted. Listen to - "Noticed" and fail to acknowledge a gorgeous Sting tone, - and I'll personally kick you in the ding-ding. "Typical" is - feel-good rock that achieves its categorization, and the - seven-minute "Stall Out" accomplishes a dreamy, - melodic lullaby feel. These beats are far from mute: - They're supersonic.  Matthew Schniper -
  • Mute Math

    Mute Math

    Teleprompt/Warner Brothers

    Sounds like: An alt rock, electric Sting

    Short take: On the way to stardom

    These guys are blowin' up. Internet hype and apparent knockout showmanship has launched them from New Orleans to all the big festivals and a current tour with The Fray. They bang on homemade instruments, sample live and pull off a distinct, brilliant sound. This breakout album is tight, diverse and well-crafted. Listen to "Noticed" and fail to acknowledge a gorgeous Sting tone, and I'll personally kick you in the ding-ding. "Typical" is feel-good rock that achieves its categorization, and the seven-minute "Stall Out" accomplishes a dreamy, melodic lullaby feel. These beats are far from mute: They're supersonic. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Dosh  - The Lost Take  -  -  - Anticon  -  - Sounds like: A percussive recess -  - Short take: Childhood nostalgia at its best -  - Martin Dosh is a man who likes his childhood. Not his - own, exactly, but the concept of it  all its glee- - mongering fun and immense sentiment. An elementary - school music teacher, Dosh has formerly featured his - students banging away on an album dedicated to his - young son. But for The Lost Take, Dosh grows - up a bit. It's his most concerted album to date, less a - collection of wacky ideas but really something cohesive - and thematic. On the 12 mostly instrumentals, Dosh and - a slew of guests record with anything they can get their - hands on  xylophones, violins, horns, pervasive - synthesizer and, for the first time, their own voices. - Matt Martin
  • Dosh

    The Lost Take

    Anticon

    Sounds like: A percussive recess

    Short take: Childhood nostalgia at its best

    Martin Dosh is a man who likes his childhood. Not his own, exactly, but the concept of it all its glee- mongering fun and immense sentiment. An elementary school music teacher, Dosh has formerly featured his students banging away on an album dedicated to his young son. But for The Lost Take, Dosh grows up a bit. It's his most concerted album to date, less a collection of wacky ideas but really something cohesive and thematic. On the 12 mostly instrumentals, Dosh and a slew of guests record with anything they can get their hands on xylophones, violins, horns, pervasive synthesizer and, for the first time, their own voices. Matt Martin

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