This album is a fire fluctuating between crackling and roaring in the fireplace of a contemporary apartment built into the W in the Hollywood sign on a night when the temperature is both refreshingly cool and comfortably warm and a rain that’s simultaneously heavy and light is pattering on the floor-to-ceiling windows and obscuring the … Continue reading “Run-On Sentence Reviews: PU$$EIDXN – Save for a Rainy Day”
The aftermath of a strummed guitar fades in before the strumming is heard at all. The guitar is accompanied soon – a droning tremolo and a solid bass, backed by a light, easy drum beat. A glittering repeating two-note guitar figure enters, with as much reverb and echo as the rest of this introduction has had. … Continue reading “Album Review: “Slowdive” by Slowdive”
Virtual band Gorillaz has been teasing everyone for a while now, steadily dropping singles, remixes, a VR music video for “Saturnz Barz“, and an interactive app with exclusive Gorillaz content. Now, they have finally released their sensational album Humanz. It’s a tragic, dystopian concept album that wants you to dance until the world comes crashing down.
There’s a new novel out by George Saunders called Lincoln in the Bardo. In the bardo, scores of dead men and women talk about their lives, talk about their last memories with their families, and talk about when exactly they expect they’ll be back to living those lives. The bardo (in the novel, at least) is a place … Continue reading “Album Review: “Whiteout Conditions” by The New Pornographers”
Young, the debut album of New York-based band Overcoats, is being released April 21st, just before National Record Store Day. Overcoats is comprised of Hana Elion and J.J. Mitchell, who both write and sing for the band. Their brand of music is difficult to put into a genre, shifting from folk to pop to electronic, all … Continue reading “Album Review: “Young” by Overcoats”
Painted Shut, Hop Along’s sophomore album, which was released in 2015, is like driving along a highway from Pennsylvania to Arizona. It’s like reading a collection of short stories and poems which seem to have nothing in common. It’s like watching people on the subway and trying to imagine what it’s like to be them. … Continue reading “Album Review: Hop Along’s “Painted Shut””
After blowing Pharrell Williams away with her song “Alaska” at a master class at NYU, Maggie Rogers has finally released her newest EP. Though she has previously released albums as a folk artist, this is her first record following a video of the master class going viral, currently holding over 2 million views. Titled “Now That the … Continue reading “Album Review: “Now That the Light Is Fading” by Maggie Rogers”
I was so desperate for new music that I went on an immensely popular music review site (subtle hint: it’s named after the farming tool people will take up against you when you tell them you don’t understand what the hell Bon Iver was trying to achieve with 22, a Million) for the first time … Continue reading “Album Review: Elbow – Little Fictions”
One important moment for me was a focused listen of everyone’s favorite Icelandic band’s “Untitled 3 – Samskeyti,” from their equally untitled 2002 album ( ). I’d known Sigur Rós’s album very well already, but until now its third track had been an interlude, a quiet, meditative instrumental bridge. “Samskeyti” did little more than settle … Continue reading “Kjartan Sveinsson – “Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen” Review”
It’s neither entirely fair nor feasibly avoidable to compare American Football’s second LP to their seminal first. The two share an eponym, inviting the designation LP2 for the new release. Their covers are, more or less, the same: a wide photograph of a house with a lit-up window, the band title with the same layout.