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Jun 26, 2020
grayola -
NR
From the drop, “Los Angeles” sounded to me like a hybrid of Sleigh Bells’ “Rill Rill” and the guitar on “Walk On The Wild Side,” which is also quoted on “Summer Girl”. And it leaves a weird bitterness in me, that kind of obvious quote that carries the song on the heels of another, but there’s so much more to this album that’s better than those references—intended or not. This band is very special to me and I felt so proud ... read more
Jun 18, 2020
grayola -
85
This is how you avoid the sophomore slump—it seems like Phoebe Bridgers somehow has had the perfect album cycle, remaining relevant to her listeners with other projects that feature enough of her that they feel like follow-ups to Stranger In The Alps but sparse enough that it isn’t a true successor to it. I’m not sure she ever left our minds working with so many other artists in her listener’s wheelhouses and then bam—Punisher is exactly what the doctor ordered and ... read more
May 11, 2020
grayola -
86
The girl-group indie coming out of Spain with bands like Hinds and now Melenas are just exactly my cup of tea. Full of youth, confession, guitar-driven bops, and just good 4/4 head-bobbers to paint the summer with atmosphere. One of my favorite releases this year.
May 2, 2020
grayola -
60
For me, SCORPION is second only to TAKE CARE and I find this to be such a strange grab-bag of Drakes packaged for our collective consumption of the Drake each of us enjoy. Nonetheless, it’s very listenable—it soundtracked a quarantine drive around my old neighborhood with melancholy and dripping reverb. Maybe it’s forgettable, but it’s given me, at least, a little but of comfort.
Apr 24, 2020
grayola -
NR
iN CODE is truly a jam, though.
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