As Foxygen continue with their disparate series of throwback experiments, Hang finds them closer than ever to striking a balance between their wild, ambitious ideas and innate strengths.
Future Politics is another impressive step in the evolution of Austra: while the band’s second album was a move towards shiny, commercial pop, the follow up sees a more sparse, fragile collection of songs.
Although it's an intertextual and oftentimes challenging listen, Future Politics is also a compelling call to action to collectively conceive of the future and its manifold possibilities — especially in a time when it's easier to imagine how the world ends than how it's supposed to thrive.
Life Without Sound is a triumph of Baldi’s vision - for something bigger than just hard and heavy punk, and for rock and roll with pop intelligence. He’s pulled off both here.
This is a pointedly unhip album, and that's part of what makes it so refreshing. Few other artists would embark on a project so absurdly lavish in fear that one wrong step would result in curdled cheese; Foxygen, thankfully, aren't so damn afraid.
His new album A Shadow in Time contains some of his strongest work since The Disintegration Loops introduced the world to the artist.
William Basinski has created yet another outstanding work of art with A Shadow in Time, an audio sculpture of serenity and bliss to begin 2017 and put what was a saddening year for music to bed.
He’s pulled out all the stops to create an album that is as bleak as it is entertaining. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom, he offers, as usual glimpses of redemption.
The continuous presence of vocals makes it Jaar's most emotional work yet, opening the door to a wider audience.
It’s a soaring guitar anthem, with Edge-style guitar heroics and sweetly nostalgic lyrics.
The incorporation of dynamic vocals, as well as various styles and tempos, add to the record's very modern vibe and make it abundantly clear that the Drip aren't your run-of-the-mill grind band.
For Posterity is – for a pop-punk album at least – guitar-heavy and technically precise, yet accessible enough in its structure and approach that it feels inviting and easy to listen to.
While Oczy Mlody finds the Lips still eager to stretch the parameters of their aesthetic 30-plus years into the game, this time, it leaves them sounding a little distended and shapeless.
Future Politics is political, danceable, dark, shimmering and hopeful. Not a combination easily achievable, but Austra have never been a normal band. Utopia might be fiction, but Future Politics is real, beautiful, necessary.