Category: Albums

Kalbells – ‘Ten Flowers’ (album review)

Kalbells – ‘Ten Flowers’ (album review)

Kalmia Traver is often associated with leading the alt-pop marching band collective Rubblebucket. With her booming tenor and baritone saxophones, her radiant vocals, and frenetic dancing on stage, she exemplifies the term frontwoman, or, in this case, field commander. While she looks in control on stage, she was quietly fighting another battle off it, one with ovarian cancer. Like everything […]

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Waxahatchee – ‘Out In The Storm’ (album review)

Waxahatchee – ‘Out In The Storm’ (album review)

When the name Katie Crutchfield is associated with a record, it’s almost guaranteed to be fantastic. From her work with her sister Allison in PS Eliot to her four albums as Waxahatchee, Katie has been putting out some of the best music of the last seven years. 2015’s Ivy Tripp and 2013’s Cerulean Salt were instantly classics. However, Waxahatchee’s latest […]

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Mammút – ‘Kinder Versions’ (album review)

Mammút – ‘Kinder Versions’ (album review)

Woolly mammoths reigned the northern hemispheres during the Ice Age, but as everyone knows they have long been extinct. They can now only be spotted in museums and history books, never to rise again. Now a different type of giant is re-awakening, having adopted the Latin form of its name as their own. Icelandic band Mammút have returned with a […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Every Valley’ (album review)

Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Every Valley’ (album review)

It’s very seldom you come across an artist or band for whom no comparison exists. There is no “RIYL”. There is just brilliance, creativity, and expanded boundaries so you can truly say, “I haven’t heard this before – no one else is doing this right now”. That in a nutshell describes Public Service Broadcasting. PSB started as an experimental project […]

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Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

“It is the blessing of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson In their nearly 20 years of existence, Broken Social Scene have established the benchmark for indie rock in the 21st century. They have also become the ideal for what it means to be a super-collective, as each member has achieved […]

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Ratboys – ‘GN’ (album review)

Ratboys – ‘GN’ (album review)

GN by Ratboys “Ratboys are your new favorite band” screams out the headline on the Chicago-based band’s press kit. Those are bold words in an era full of bands battling to be heard and embraced by old and new generations of music fans. While such a proclamation would be dismissed as just ultra-exuberance, Ratboys back up the statement on their […]

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Annabel Allum – ‘All That For What’ (EP review)

Annabel Allum – ‘All That For What’ (EP review)

For most 21-year olds, it will be years before they understand what the future holds for them. For Annabel Allum, the future is now. Allum began her career making mostly indie-folk music and released a well-received EP, Absent. The record put the Surrey, England native’s name out to the music world, but it was her transformation in 2016 that caught […]

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Kane Strang – ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ (album review)

Kane Strang – ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ (album review)

It’s been a whirlwind of a ride for Kane Strang. In 2015, he recorded his debut album, Blue Cheese, in the confines of his bedroom and self-released it. Shortly after, Flying Nun stepped in and distributed the LP internationally, and the record was widely applauded for Strang’s ambition and clever lyricism. Then late in 2016, indie label giant Dead Oceans announced […]

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Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

Bedouine’s beautiful and wistful debut album (album review)

The American Dream may be a fleeting ideal, as the income divide grows and the US’s borders are increasingly more difficult to cross. For people who immigrated before 2017, however, many have flourished and embraced America as their homeland, such as Azniv Korkejian. Her story is one made for novels and Netflix mini-series. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, […]

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Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s EPIC ‘Murder of the Universe’ (album review)

Murder Of The Universe by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Last year, Aussie psychedelic mind-benders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave us the endlessly looping, choose-your-own-adventure masterpiece, Nonagon Infinity. It was undoubtedly the most amusing and fun record of not just 2016 but this decade. Earlier this year, they challenged themselves with Flying Microtonal Banana, which featured short bursts of […]

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Dig into Vita and the Woolf’s debut album ‘TUNNELS’ (album review)

Dig into Vita and the Woolf’s debut album ‘TUNNELS’ (album review)

Unfairly or not, expectations were raised for Vita and the Woolf after they made waves at SXSW in 2016. They were listed on several publications’ and websites’ favorite discoveries at the mammoth festival. Their single, “Brett”, which was released just prior to SXSW, sparked interest across the internet, including landing on our 2016 Mega, Mega Playlist of our favorite songs. […]

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A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

Humans of New York is one of the internet’s most captivating websites, sharing stories about the people born in the Big Apple and those who moved there to start new lives. From the heartbreaking to the inspiring, from successes to those struggling to survive, the site puts a human face to one of the world’s most chaotic and exhilarating metropolises […]

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Indulge in Trevor Sensor’s ‘Andy Warhol’s Dream’ (album review)

Indulge in Trevor Sensor’s ‘Andy Warhol’s Dream’ (album review)

To live inside Trevor Sensor‘s mind for a week or even just a day would be an unforgettable experience. The 23-year old’s first two EPs were met with critical acclaim for his clever yet biting wordplay and old-school folk-rock approach. Yet his real life is also filled with memorable moments, such as his “near-death experience” at SXSW in 2016. The […]

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First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

After 6 years on hiatus, Fleet Foxes return with their third studio album, Crack-Up, out today via Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up is a study (pun intended) on independence, partnering, and complicated names. During the band’s hiatus, frontman Robin Pecknold famously enrolled at Columbia University to begin a delayed undergraduate program where he “got some academic pretensions out of [his] system” and finally during summer break […]

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Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Slow Dancer – ‘In A Mood’ (album review)

Creating something refreshing doesn’t necessary mean reinventing the wheel. It does include looking to the past for inspiration and reviving classical arrangements for today’s music listeners. More importantly, it’s about re-introducing people to the idea that simplicity can yield music that is inviting and dazzling. This is what Simon Okely – AKA Slow Dancer – has achieved with his sophomore album, […]

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Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå – ‘Agent Blue’ (album review)

Agent blå by Agent Blå Every year sees a young band unexpectedly emerge and win over fans and critics alike. In 2014, it was Alvvays. The following year belonged to Wolf Alice and Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong). Car Seat Headrest, Big Thief, Mothers, and Sunflower Bean ruled 2016. This year’s breakout band could very well be Agent blå. The quintet from […]

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Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief released their first LP, Masterpiece, an album which solidified the Brooklyn-based quartet as one of the best new bands. Almost immediately after Masterpiece appeared on countless year-end lists, Big Thief announced their second record, Capacity. It seemed a fairly short amount of time between records, as many people, including myself, were still immensely enjoying their […]

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Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

One of the great success stories of the past decade is Cigarettes After Sex, which started off as a dorm-room project of Greg Gonzalez. Without any support from a label, Gonzalez and his band’s success grew through the internet, as their hazy, immersive cinematic-pop was endlessly played on YouTube, SoundCloud, and every streaming service imaginable. What’s even more impressive is […]

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