The magnifique russian ensemble returns with another beautiful album that explores both their folk roots and their indie-rock pretentions in a charming, grandiose work. A few orchestral bits resemble Illinois-Sufjan-era, mixed with obvious Arcade Fire influences. Not every part inside these complex compositions works effectively, but there are some undeniably amazing moments throughout, no questions asked.
Interesting abstract hip-hop album with some sort of laid-down flow and presence as a leading point, guided by loose, cold beats reminiscent of Shahmen, and an experimental edge that helps giving it the grey, austere facet it seeks. Jam Baxter is definitely not a stellar rapper, but he surely knows how to craft a considerably interesting aesthetic around his raspy voice and uncompromising approach. The results are quite cohesive, even if not as consistent as many could expect.
Polish ambient-music proeminent producer Jacaszek returns with another one of his powerful exercises in the genre. KWIATY is a mysterious, ethereal piece of work that reveals an interesting detour inside the artist's consistently magical discography. Here we see him expanding his aesthetics to distant soundscapes that, although present a certain elusive quality, are brought to a more tangible spectrum, not only for the clearer use of samples in a few spots, but mostly for the addition of vocals ... read more
Spoon's latest album is an amalgamation of the band's many faces, a work that boasts with indie-rock energy, but that ultimately tries, once again, to deliver something fresh and exciting, and, for the most part, it must be said that the band succeeds in fitting everything they have into this tight trackisting that bursts with vitality and creativity, which, let's face it, has been their biggest selling point. On Hot Thoughts it isn't different, and even if the band fails to ace every part of ... read more