From funk struts to tender touches, Thundercat's ascension continues rapidly here.
Even as Crutchfield pushes her voice in her most beguiling melodic hooks yet, her words explore ongoing restlessness. The sense of warmth and uplift is all in the music, rich with bright chords and hooks, pulling her forward even as she sings of feeling pulled back.
Gold Record is very assured, marking a refinement of the Callahan sound.
This record — Cocker's finest work since This Is Hardcore, maybe — marks the arrival of an adventurous collective who might just be getting warmed up.
Heart's Ease finds Collins' voice rejuvenated, and her confidence restored.
With Song For Our Daughter, she’s making significant musical changes – adding fullness via a wide range of instruments, and a melodic pop swing, adopting a free-range approach to the possibilities of sound – and extending her conceptual reach.
In spite of the additional pressures fostered by the success of Currents, he has risen to the occasion with an album full of the necessary girth and scope, which doesn’t succumb to the forces of inertia.
Old Flowers is nevertheless an honourable contribution to the canon of heartbreak albums, the subject well suited to Andrews' delicate voice and disarmingly plain-spoken lyrics.
Fetch The Bolt Cutters is mostly the soundtrack of liberation, not recrimination, with Apple's piano keys, battering on the walls and barking dogs as its percussive, beating heart. And her words are wicked and wise.
The complete 20-song incarnation of Moses Sumney's follow-up to 2017's Aromanticism comes awfully close to the masterwork he so clearly gunning to make.
The achievement of Sideways To New Italy ... is to maintain their customary tempo while deepening the experience, giving their melodic indie rock a subtle sophistication and confidence.
Sundowner benefits from a DIY ethic that sees its maker playing virtually all instruments.
Have We Met marks a return to Kaputt's pusher aesthetic and eager melodicism, with "Crimson Tide", "The Raven" and "The Man in Black's Blues" all serving as irresistible examples of Bejar's blend of soft rock, dream-pop and more idiosyncratic elements.
They're well worth the wait ... with leader Sydney Minsky-Sargeant’s stalking through this potent set of bruising electro songs like a cool composite of Stephen Mallinder and Mark E Smith.