Field of Reeds may initially come across as inhumanely taut, straining, and indistinct to begin with, but this is the sound of precociousness finally arriving at a purpose.
Transforming such intensity into a product so bewitching is an incredible effort, and the resulting works leave very little doubt that Colonial Patterns is more than some admirable interpretation — it’s a ruthless conquest.
On Innocence Is Kinky, Hval flaunts these contradictions of innocence, forcing us into the role of one of her fathers/lovers. With the sound of her voice, she both hands us the knife and brandishes it at us, daring us to keep listening, to listen even closer.
To See More Light is the most dynamic and sonically prismatic album of the trilogy, and yet it manages to retain all of Stetson’s music’s singular attributes and poignancies
It’s the understated clarity and sense of purpose that makes the atypical developments of No Answer: Lower Floors’ tracks readable.
The Terror may be The Flaming Lips’ most concise statement to date. But it’s not clear whether they’re at the deep end of an oscillation or whether this is the logical end of all their work.
Dream River might not leap out at you, but it’s because it’s too cohesive, too flat to live a life outside of the porch of your mind, too bound up in a singularity of gaze to be anything other than what Callahan is preoccupied with at the moment.
Not only is this album a journey into the darkest caverns of the most sordid mind, but it also harbors the potential to hold you there, dangling all on your own accord.
Old consistently offers up words and music that, while certainly extremely enjoyable on the most basic aural terms, also holds up to deeper dissection and analysis.
Overgrown is a remarkable effort from an artist who continues to do things his own way, regardless of the consequences.
The albums are two vistas from two emotional locales - Drifters being external, Love is The Devil being internal - that reflect the two facets of authentic lonerism: the perception of the stalwart nomad and the emotional derangement of permanent displacement.
It certainly speaks volumes that the group could reemerge in this climate and prove that no one is capable of exactly replicating what they do.
Built on sporadic percussive takes and blistered textures, Chance Of Rain plows through unintelligible forms — all bones but no structure — struggling to establish itself as material: techno made of wreckage.
McCann has achieved a personal milestone while setting a benchmark for those who wish to follow in his footsteps
Engravings seems the culmination of the sound that, it’s now apparent, Barnes was only developing on 2010’s Dagger Paths EP, bringing to that darkness a maturity that consists in a paradoxical expansion of space and in the introduction of depth perception through fog0like tendrils of white infecting that flat black panorama
Arthur Ashin of Autre Ne Veut might be working with familiar musical concepts, but he employs them in ways that are, to my ears, contemporarily relevant and indispensable to the discussion over the trajectory of popular music.
Ultimately, we’re dealing with a record as messy as Yeezy himself, which is the point.
This is a suffering that calls itself up in order to cathart itself, which expels itself from the mouth, like bile, and is captured mechanically in order to perform the same paradoxical operation of penetrative-aggression-that-is-exorcism upon the listener.
Like any modernist piece of work, Loud City Song consciously walks through paths that have been beaten before, but unravels threads out into new corners and ushers you in; records of this complexity and depth rarely feel so inviting.
Blunt’s sometimes off-putting presence is much easier to accept when he gives this much agency to the listener, recognizing again and again that we must all frame our experiences in our own ways or risk feeling nothing at all.
Despite the coded sound files, interactive website, and spellbinding videos, the album exists independently as a case for disjointed representations, cultural citation, and enchanting music.