Johanna Warren’s Lessons for Mutants is state of the art. It rings with an uncategorizable quality that our age seems not to value very much, to our own peril: beauty.
The aesthetic sensibility of Bird Street’s Lagoon is the urbane, soundtrack-ready, slightly melancholic popcraft ushered into the world by Club Largo.
Archers of Loaf’s Reason in Decline is an excellent record from a great band that has been on a recording hiatus for the better part of two and a half decades.
Low’s minimalist sound and orchestration depended on the voice and steady drumming of Mimi Parker, which provided an essential heartbeat for the band.
From releasing films as a band to using Brian Eno’s card deck to help guide the sound of their epic new double-LP, the Orielles remain as indescribable as ever.
Steady, the title of Sloan’s 13th album, describes their workhorse approach to music while reassuring fans that they’re still around despite hardships.
Scalping the Guru‘s 20 songs come from 1993-1994, just as Guided By Voices were about to release their landmark album Bee Thousand.
Dry Cleaning follow last year’s breakthrough debut with Stumpwork‘s indie-flavored post-punk woven together via Florence Shaw’s dispassionate musings.
Pavement’s reunion tour provides a salve for the passage of time. It reminds us that music has always looked forward and backward, and nothing in pop music is ever entirely lost.
Tegan and Sara’s work often revolves around the vulnerability of youth, and with Crybaby, they’re adding more understanding to the messy business of being alive.