chamber pop

Taylor Swift: The Great American Poet?

Taylor Swift: The Great American Poet?

It’s not literary devices that make something poetry or the analysis we perform, but the emotion it elicits through them, which is why Taylor Swift is a poet.

Baroque Pop Songstress Margo Guryan Immortalized in New Boxed Set

Baroque Pop Songstress Margo Guryan Immortalized in New Boxed Set

With her keen feel for tone, phrasings, tension, presence, and lyrics that cut, Margo Guryan is synonymous with the most sophisticated 1960s songcraft.

Thin Lear Reveals an Uncanny Ear for Melody

Thin Lear Reveals an Uncanny Ear for Melody

Thin Lear’s EP is a unique and instantly lovable combination of indie folk and chamber pop and a superb showcase for Matt Longo’s immense songwriting abilities.

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

In The Pollen & The Rot, folk singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry casts spring as the season as when sex and longing overwhelm the senses and turn us into beasts.

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Beth Gibbons Ventures Out on ‘Lives Outgrown’

Lives Outgrown seems like an outgrowth of where Beth Gibbons’ mind and talents have taken her in the past decade, which is to ruminate on how life is a vapor.

Camera Obscura Find That Life Goes On No Matter the Direction

Camera Obscura Find That Life Goes On No Matter the Direction

Earlier, Camera Obscura contrasted their mocking pessimism of adult life with innocence. The group may still be twee, but their sneer has become more of a frown.

The High Llamas Embrace Their Past, Present, and Future

The High Llamas Embrace Their Past, Present, and Future

Long-standing art pop collective, the High Llamas take big risks on their latest LP, redefining their sound with hip-hop, R&B, and a lot of Auto-Tune.

Julia Holter Goes Underwater to Find Room to Move

Julia Holter Goes Underwater to Find Room to Move

Julia Holter drips her semi-conscious thoughts on the musical canvas to access her artistic sensibility, but she seems a bit unsure of the process.

Laura Wolf Brings Emotional Resonance to Glitches and Samples on ‘Shelf Life’

Laura Wolf Brings Emotional Resonance to Glitches and Samples on ‘Shelf Life’

Laura Wolf takes us on a true sonic adventure, marrying glitchy samples with emotional execution. It makes you want to hear more from this unique voice.

Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ at 10

Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ at 10

Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City is very much a studio creation in the 21st-century sense, born from many months of sweat and obsession behind computer screens.

The Legendary Waves Behind Fiona Apple’s Grand Debut ‘Tidal’

The Legendary Waves Behind Fiona Apple’s Grand Debut ‘Tidal’

Using the spirals of poetry and jazz that formed her, Fiona Apple’s Tidal established the 18-year-old as an honest and revolutionary voice in music.

GADADU Make Mesmerizing Noise on Jazzy, Neo-Psychedelic ‘The Weatherman Is Wrong’

GADADU Make Mesmerizing Noise on Jazzy, Neo-Psychedelic ‘The Weatherman Is Wrong’

GADADU’s music has always been a balm for the dreariness and anxiety inherent in everyday life. With The Weatherman Is Wrong, they continue to confound and fascinate.