David Vann’s writing operates within a tradition of rural American writing notable in its refusal to po-facedly romanticise the rites and customs associated with the land.
New year, new audio reviews. From eggshell vulnerability to exiting on a high…
While “Awaken, My Love!” is no seminal work, it does point to an artist that we are only going to be paying more and more attention to.
There’s plenty to dig into here for those of us who have long cooed over Elverum’s nous for production and skewed take on the singer-songwriter model.
The synth wanderings of Damaged Bug alongside lashings of jazz flute, all coalesce into a taut, wonderfully realised finished product.
Dec Audio – Belting debuts and Tony Bennett. Just the ticket for your someone special this Christmas. Who knew you could pogo with your head in your hands?
There’s something a bit more abstract Front Row Seat To Earth that calls to mind the recent output of Julia Holter and Beach House.
As the year draws to a close November’s listening reveals thunderous slabs of electronica, stylistic tropes of soul and a newer, weirder, more fanciful Lambchop.
Bracing and stridently unique; super low’s peculiarity and artfulness demands one’s attention throughout.
Brown mines the extremities of human self-destruction on this album with more pornographic zeal than any artist in recent memory.
We’re listening to albums ranging from the avant-garde, to Nora Jones, to a beautiful, immersive bath of six-string explorations that never outstay their welcome.
Indispensible dad rock for the soul.
Indie-folk that demands to be devoured from start to finish.
There’s not much of summer left and this month’s new discs from Euge Groove, Morgan Delt, The Smoke Clears, Haley Bonar, Ryley Walker, Cass McCombs, Katie Dey and All Tvvins will ease you right into the breezy feeling of the fall.
Going by her previous work, nobody could accuse Angel Olsen of being a stranger to despondence. On My Woman, her gaze drifts forwards to the road ahead.
Preoccupations is is the first record under a new name for the band formerly known as Viet Cong.There’s more to post-punk than just making ears bleed.
August Audio: We listen to new releases from The Avalanches, Grumbling Fur, Wild Beasts, Ensemble Éiru, Globelamp, The Julie Ruin, Dinosaur jar and Samaris
Coloring Book is a diary of an achiever, not an aspirer. It’s sketched out between the poles that always stand strong in a sometimes troubled Chicago: Sundays at church.
Freetown Sound is an ever-mixing bricolage of different genres. Half protest album, half personal diary.