Wednesday, April 2 2014
A 46-minute experiment and an anticipation of more things to come rarely -- very rarely -- are so beautifully crafted.
Frankie Cosmos makes excellently witty and crushingly sad indie-pop on her fantastic debut.
A fine collection of ELP doing what ELP was known for: flashy sounds, lengthy compositions, and gaudy playing. Brilliant and complex, yet soulless and repetitive.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.
If Forcefield is about hitting you in the moment, it does that. Sadly, too many of these songs don't last for whatever moment comes next.
Experimental hip-hop meets abstract singer-songwriting on YYU's debut 12" record for RAMP Recordings.
Backboned with lush layers and driven by dreamy rhythms, the brother-sister-led band takes on a slightly darker indie edge.
More than 40 years later, the saxophonist, activist, and free-jazz pioneer revisits his musical response to the Attica Prison uprising.
Monday, March 31 2014
On 2012's breakthrough Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' displayed a visceral, physical angst, focused on a series of anti-mantras. That album's great follow-up, Here and Nowhere Else, reveals the frantic mindset behind those calls to (in)action.
Quixotic (and that's just the name of the record label!) and plough-your-own-furrow he may be. But Glenn Tilbrook has the matchless quality to write a tune to his own enduring voice.
Holtkamp, of the duo Mountains, once again blurs the line between organic and electronic on Motion, an album that becomes a fascinating series of reversals and inversions.
While Cheatahs' self-titled debut might be in need of some streamlining, there are a few stunners hiding within this shoegaze release.
A stripped down version of this overwrought and over-weighted album could have provided a way out of Nashville's doldrums.
Friday, March 28 2014
Recorded just months after Bitches Brew and available in their entirely for the first time, these sets show that if Davis was a mad scientist in the studio, he was still a sorcerer on stage.
The DFA producer is weighed down by his guests on his second album.
The astonishing pianist brings out two different trios, some strings, percussion, and native Panamanian chant to celebrate the anniversary of his homeland.
There's a lot of beauty on the second album by this Brooklyn band, but the songs suffer from a museum-like coldness.
If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Easily one of the best albums of the year thus far, few debut records brush up against perfection as effortlessly as Mr Little Jeans’ Pocketknife.
"Hey Howler, what are you rebelling against?" "What a-ya got?"