It seems that the reports of Talkdemonic's death were greatly exaggerated. Following the release of 2008's Eyes at Half Mast the duo of Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro went silent, parted ways with their booking agent and record label, and seemed to be headed directly to splitsville. Momentum is everything for a small band and they let theirs slip away. Then the strangest thing happened: Talkdemonic returned, better in every way, with a bigger label, bigger booking agent, and bigger sound—the stellar Ruins (which won't be out until October 4). Billmates Handsome Furs don't need to dramatically come back from anything; the highly boneable couple of Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry are on a run of three consecutive albums of wonderfully damaged electro-pop, their latest of which is Sound Kapital, whose X-rated cover photo was snapped in the sexiest of Portland locales, under a freeway bridge.
EZRA ACE CARAEFF