H.C. McEntire seeks salvation on Every Acre, but these songs suggest it can be found in how one approaches the world rather than in some supernatural entity.
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.
The Mountain Goats’ Bleed Out is a fascinating homage and a meta-commentary on the action film genre and how it soothes our unease in a world on fire.
Ibibio Sound Machine hit new heights as they draw on the power of musical currents flowing between Lagos and London on the Hot Chip-produced Electricity.
On LABYRINTHITIS, indie rock’s Destroyer address North American anxiousness while successfully tackling styles hitherto untouched by the project.
On Quietly Blowing It, Hiss Golden Messenger brings experienced Appalachian artfulness to provide just the right space to fulfill his vision.
Dawn Richard’s Second Line is a gorgeous record featuring fantastic, strange, esoteric sounds playing with house and club conventions. It’s a pioneering record and easily one of the best of the year.
Legendary Scottish indie-poppers Teenage Fanclub discuss their new LP Endless Arcade and why they look forward to their future as a band.
Fruit Bats bring in some effective collaborators (most notably Bonny Light Horseman buddy Josh Kaufman) for yet another strong album in The Pet Parade, well-timed for its false-spring release as a cure for the grayness of a long winter.