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.
Jazz ringing as clear as a bell and the odd fleck of gold amongst some dull rock. July’s audio releases reviewed.
Occasionally challenging, but always rewarding, this is the work on an artist at the top of her game.
Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are two established geniuses of 1960s music who buck the trend of most vintage boomer artists by sticking to a steady release schedule of a new record about every five years. However, they are travelling in completely different directions.
A must for anyone whose teenage kicks were more of the kicking-yourself variety, June’s Audio Roundup features new releases from Mitski, Radiohead, Star Parks, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Chris Cohen, Car Seat Headrest, James Blake and Jessy Lanza.
The feeling it gives off is that of a diary written by a man whose day job is rapping, who comes home after a long day’s work, kicks off his shoes, voice activates his mood lighting, pours a glass of wine and considers his life.
I’ve yet to encounter any joke that benefits from being explained, and In Glendale is no exception. Just go with it, I’d wager you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how life-affirming a song about dog shit can be.
May’s Audio Roundup: New releases from Karl Blau, Tim Hecker, Charles Bradley, Deakin, Kevin Morby, The Greg Lloyd Group, Andrew Bird and Cate Le Bon
It takes a truly remarkable band to produce anything this dually intellectually satisfying and bloody good fun.
Hopelessness is a record that goes in heavy on big statements on big themes.
Our April Audio roundup features MMoths, La Sera, Nick Collionne, Basia Bulat, Jan St Werner, Lion Limb, Kendrick Lamar and more
You can easily imagine the film reel cutting from the moon-bathed Hollywood Hills to some down-at-heel dive bar on the Sunset Strip to follow another of Krgovich’s cast members on their travails through the Los Angeles night.
Frankie Cosmos’ music is never going to be described as ‘brawny’ but Next Thing is her fullest sounding yet.
All noise aside, and there’s a absolute shit-ton of it surrounding the release of this album, The Life Of Pablo is a magnetic, flawed, overlong album that is stuffed to the gills with ideas, most of which play through very quickly, which may or may not be its strength.
Our March Audio roundup features new releases from Nap Eyes, Solar Bears, Eleanor Friedberger, Charles Lloyd & the Marvells, Hazing, Matmos, King and the late, great Elliott Smith.
Listening to Is The Is Are brings with it a certain incredulity… Take the hype with a chipper-grade portion of salt, the emperor has no clothes.