Zola Jesus' fifth album is a stunning and painful celebration of life. Where Taiga aimed for pop perfection (and ultimately fell a bit short), Okovi returns to the project's roots (a dark, goth-pop sound) while still mixing in some big pop and electronic moments (Exhumed, Remains). This feels like the culmination of Zola Jesus' sound, strengthened by the recurring themes of loss, self-harm, and the will to live in the face of adversity and personal struggle.
(Sandy) Alex G's new album is a beautiful and frustrating listen. Rocket should go down as a companion to Beach Music since both albums explore a myriad of sounds and styles, almost to a fault. On Beach Music especially, the scope of the sound sometimes causes a lack of cohesion.
On Rocket though, Giannascoli blends the different genres and sounds to great effect. We have country-influenced tracks ("Bobby"), a hardcore homage ("Brick"), a Frank Ocean-inspired track ... read more