Friday, May 30 2014
Songs is not so much a veering departure as it is a deliberately studied variation on a theme.
Alena is the rare book that stimulates the senses while allowing its readers to be seduced by the right kind of camp.
More abstract, sketchbook electronics from VHS tape sampling producer VHS Head.
Thursday, May 29 2014
Recorded for $60 in an island country near the bottom of the globe, "Tally Ho", the debut single by New Zealand's the Clean, was an unlikely candidate to be an international game-changer and a defining moment for a pop movement.
Riot grrrls wrote, recorded and produced a wealth of cultural objects. They left trails of scribbles, screams and lipstick traces in MP3 blogs and online archives, awaiting release.
These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.
Robison and Willis deliver the goods on Our Year, a beguiling mix of plain Western harmony and swampy groove.
Popstrangers's second album leaves behind the grinding rock heft of its debut for new pop textures that can be striking.
Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.
UK producer Mark E crafts an enjoyably immersive album full of repetition and rumination.