Posts tagged "Album of the Week"

Review: SOPHIE Rebuilds Pop in His Own Mysterious Image on ‘PRODUCT’

Samuel Long earns the rarest of pop boasts: He doesn’t sound like anyone else. This isn’t lost on the once-anonymous, lowercase male who’s adopted the…
Dan Weiss / November 23, 2015

Review: Sadie Switchblade Is Rock’s Most Beautiful Loser on Dyke Drama’s ‘Tender Resignation’ EP

Sadie Switchblade, frontwoman of hardcore punks G.L.O.S.S., recently became mainstream-famous for an unfortunate reason, as her group was the recipient of a series of despicable,…
Andrew Unterberger / November 16, 2015

Review: DJ Paypal Makes Footwork Funny on ‘Sold Out’

Anonymity is often the basis for austerity — occluded features and ego removal as a mirror for reverb-obscured instrumentals and bombed-out soundscapes. Even Burial’s revealed…
Colin Joyce / November 9, 2015

Review: Floating Points’ Symphony Reaches the Sublime on the Ethereal ‘Elaenia’

Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd isn’t one for hard left-turns in his loosely beat-tethered meditations on worldly music, but the London musician and producer does have a tendency to upend expectations.
Harley Brown / November 2, 2015

Review: Beach Slang Put Out an APB for the ‘People Who Feel Like Us’

“I try a lot to write / I try to use my brain / But every time I try, my heart gets in the way.”…
Andrew Unterberger / October 26, 2015

Review: Seinabo Sey Makes Empathy Thrilling on ‘Pretend’

“Younger,” Seinabo Sey’s first track — both chronologically and where it appears on her debut album, Pretend — was released almost two years ago, but…
James Grebey / October 19, 2015

Review: Majical Cloudz Are Here for You on ‘Are You Alone?’

Devon Welsh has no interest in small talk. The Montreal-based songwriter, the bug-eyed and baritone half of art-pop duo Majical Cloudz, only seeks out sincere,…
Kyle McGovern / October 12, 2015

Review: Kelela Cuts Open Her Soul 4 Us on Lustrous ‘Hallucinogen’ EP

“I like the view from on top,” Kelela taunts on the ghostly trap-noir track “Gomenasai” off of the new Hallucinogen EP, her voice floating higher until it disappears like…
Harley Brown / October 5, 2015

Review: Childbirth Gleefully Skewer Men’s Wrongs on ‘Women’s Rights’

“Feminists don’t have a sense of humor,” smirked pianist-polymath and lifelong activist Nellie McKay on her 2009 song “Mother of Pearl,” a line that her…
Dan Weiss / September 28, 2015

Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’

“I could be one thousand miles away / But still mean what I say.” That’s a line that many reviews of the latest Kurt Vile…
Kyle McGovern / September 21, 2015

Review: Ought Lean Into the Futility of Existence on ‘Sun Coming Down’

“It’s a very astute observation, if I do say so myself.” Even before he pats himself on the back on “On the Line (Ava Maria),” Tom…
Harley Brown / September 14, 2015

Review: La Misma Rebuild Hardcore Out of Scraps on ‘Kanizadi’

New York City hardcore act La Misma took their name with a wink. That minimal two-word phrase is Spanish for “the same” — a delightfully…
Colin Joyce / September 8, 2015

Review: Grouper’s Liz Harris Peeks Through the Clouds on Helen’s Debut, ‘The Original Faces’

Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged…
Colin Joyce / August 31, 2015

Review: Destroyer Humanizes Times Square and Follows Your Rose on ‘Poison Season’

There seems to be some misunderstanding about how difficult Dan Bejar is to understand. A decade-plus worth of press clippings label the man “obtuse,”…
Marc Hogan / August 24, 2015

Review: Mick Jenkins Obeys His Thirst on the H2O-Obsessed ‘Wave(s)’

Chicago-via-Huntsville rapper Mick Jenkins was a conspicuously missing name from the Social Experiment’s Surf this year, considering the breezy float of traditional easy-listening instruments that…
Dan Weiss / August 17, 2015

Review: Palehound Ties Indie Rock in Knots on ‘Dry Food’

The way some people have a way with words, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner has a way with a guitar: Looped lines tumble out in the…
Colin Joyce / August 10, 2015

Review: Mac DeMarco Cleans Up His Act on ‘Another One’

Indie rock’s favorite merry prankster — the Bizkit-covering, self-violating, gap-toothed, boy-king Mac DeMarco — has another collection of chewy guitar-pop treats to share.
Colin Joyce / August 3, 2015

Review: Alessandro Cortini Spirals Upward on Luminous ‘Risveglio’

Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for…
Colin Joyce / July 27, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe’s Songcraft Stays Sharp on ‘The Blade’

The singer and writer of the most exquisite sighs in modern country, Ashley Monroe doesn’t come off as a mope. Her high, fluting voice projects…
Alfred Soto / July 20, 2015

Review: Tame Impala Embark on a Flawless Interstellar Journey With ‘Currents’

Toward the end of Currents, Australian psych-rockonauts Tame Impala’s impeccable third studio LP, Kevin Parker tells us how he really feels. “The desire to know what’s…
Harley Brown / July 13, 2015
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