In Bless This Mess, U.S. Girls identify funk and R&B grooves as conduits for the very pulse of life. It’s brilliantly conceived and executed.
Continuing to blend hip-hop and indie rock, Bartees Strange charts a musically agile, emotionally-charged journey through his psyche on Farm to Table.
The songs on Jenny Hval’s latest album, Classic Objects, are purposely dreamlike and intended to inspire her audience’s reveries. Hval succeeds in creating a dreamlike state.
Big Thief’s dazzling new record sees the foursome dabbling in a plethora of folk-based styles and coming out sounding like no one but themselves.
On Helado Negro’s Far In, Robert Carlos Lange uses electric piano, drums, and lush textures to craft boundless dreamscapes worth inhabiting.
Tune-Yards’ sketchy conceptually asks a lot of its listeners and does it right up front: should the purpose of music be to entertain or to instruct?
The Lemon Twigs' influences and tastes run deep, and Songs for the General Public shows that they can wrap all these ideas into a beautiful, oddly consistent package.
On Big Thief's Two Hands, the songs flow together and were purposely linked without pauses. This is an arid record purposely made in the desert with an audible dryness and shimmer to the sound.