While her output as Waxahatchee has always been brave, this album possesses a new kind of strength.
The album is decadent and indulgent at times and it only adds to the allure.
A collection of doomed compositions that push that distinctive voice front and centre. This is soul music – that is, music for marching souls off to Hades.
The best many artists can hope for is to hold a mirror up to a shared reality and reflect something meaningful, but on Miss Anthropocene, Grimes conceptualises a vision of the future accessible only through her art.
The emotional clarity of Phoebe Bridgers’ debut Stranger in the Alps was as striking as a kick in the shins. On Punisher, that clarity is hidden behind a smokescreen of uncertainties.
On Charli XCX’s self-described quarantine album how i’m feeling now, her field of view has never been more vast.
Packed with full-throttle choruses, supple melodies and lashings of attitude, Future Nostalgia is a neon-hued sound of one of the world’s biggest pop stars smashing it out of the park.
Musically, Heaven to a Tortured Mind could not be further from the work of Richard D James, but when it comes to audaciousness, they’re kindred spirits.