Kevin Korber: Even from their earlier work, there were hints that Wild Nothing aspired to be more than your standard C86-obsessed jangle-pop group. “Reichpop” is the triumphant shedding of those tropes. Jack Tatum sings with renewed vigor over a bed of synthesized sounds and quick bursts of guitar. Given how easy it is for bands like this to slip into a monochromatic funk, it’s exciting to hear Wild Nothing successfully expanding their palate. [8/10]
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Timothy Gabriele: Arca is infinitely fascinating and at this stage I will follow him just about anywhere. I haven’t been quite as impressed with his sound-collage LPs as his early short-lengths and collaborations with FKA Twigs. Part of this is that I feel his focus on the whole of each long player somewhat detracts from the standout moments scattered within. Luckily, “Urchin” is vibrant and strong as a standalone single, lurching and languishing in equal stretches, but this time simultaneously rather than in fragmented pieces. Likewise, melody and detailing don’t compete, but collaborate in the mix. The melancholy chords and the deteriorative production flourishes compound the deep emotional beauty at the heart of this tune, as does the violent rhythmic pulsations that quake throughout. Song of the year so far. [9/10]
The Winterlings found much success with their debut album, The Animal Groom, and now they are back to up the ante with a set of new indie folk songs that offer an escape from our urban lives. You Are Acres paints the landscapes of Washington state in imaginative detail, capturing the spirit of the geography that the Winterlings inhabit.
Brett Harris bases his career out of the pop triangle (a.k.a. the Research Triangle in North Carolina) where they still believe in pure pop with sparkling melodies, catchy choruses and jangly guitars. Harris has recently been a touring member of the Big Star Third ensemble, as well as having opened for pop gods the dB’s on the reunion tour. His new album, Up in the Air, releases March 4, 2016 on Hit the Deck Recordings and we’ve got a great slice of ear candy from that album to sample with “End of the Rope”.
The Waco Brothers have known for 20 years now that alt-country and first wave British punk are perfect bedfellows in terms of visceral raw emotion, both lyrically and musically. Hell, Joe Strummer knew that too—just listen to his work with the Mescaleros—so the Wacos have been successfully following this fruitful path for nearly a quarter of a century. On 26 February 2016, the band returns with their first full studio album in 10 years, Going Down in History, a title that justifiably refers to their groundbreaking music.
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