whether a choice is about thugging, a production decision, showing new areas and emotions, being in the streets, etc. in any case, staples’ flattened attitude is devastatingly candid.
a previously hidden part of vince staples is not only present, it is at the forefront of the record. a new side of vince is shown via his introspective lyrics and ... read more
on ‘changephobia’, rostam uses different sounds than his earlier discographical entries, and he completely succeeds at creating fresh, hushed, ... read more
‘call me if you get lost’ is tyler’s best rap album yet; while it is not street, not grimey, and it does not usually sound “hard”, ‘call me if you get lost’ may be tyler’s most efficient work thus far.
tyler projects typically have common denominators: each ... read more
the surprise of ‘butterfly 3000’ brings one to a state of fascination. the group’s made the bold choice to not releasing any singles on gizz’s most poppy, single ready album. ... read more
stevens exhibits a sense of unrelenting determination on this equably crazed folk album.
there are certain nonsecular events within ‘seven swans’ which completely impress. the underlying themes of ... read more
wolf alice's ideas and emphasis are clearer for 'blue weekend' than ... read more
‘for the first time’ is mind-boggling, especially when isaac wood shouts the term “black country!” during the shockingly excellent outro to “science fair”.
the regular mixture of saxophone and violin with the guitar/bass/drums/keys combo creates a unique fusion. the striking ... read more
‘ice melt’ means water, and that’s what crumb are on their second lp. the group’s sound flows as smooth as a liquid.
many people attest that crumb’s second album is “underwhelming” and “forgettable”. what i argue is that crumb’s music results in a calm psychosis within the musical environment. thus, this general opinion of mediocrity is simply a misunderstanding of ... read more
this album is very much appreciated; ulven’s efforts come across as emotionally relatable, especially on “.” and “midnight love”.
some of this record is hit or miss, and “body and mind” is a prime example of when the new style truly hits. ... read more
i enjoy the new direction that royal blood are taking. the group’s stellar instrumentation proves to be impressive as ever, and their craftsmanship is impassable.
side one was the warm up, its purpose to expose the audience to royal blood’s new visions and sound. side two is where ‘typhoons’ takes off. it casually goes off the rails while maintaining a ... read more
the international accessibility and scope offered by DUDA BEAT has provided an instant worldwide phenomenon.
there are many words in many languages to describe DUDA BEAT’s ‘Te Amo Lá Fora’, yet few can properly capture the essence of this craze.
the songs all sound ... read more
Dallon Weekes, former bassist for Panic! at the disco (2009-2015) provides mad IQ to the recording process. for each song, he sings lead vocals, plays bass, and writes. throughout the album, he also adds things such as ukulele, and even some production chops.
the songwriting is visual, especially on tracks such as “from the gallows” and “lights go down”.
“leave me ... read more
on ‘surface sounds’, kaleo play it safe. this project is hardly permissible by the standard formerly set by the icelandic group.
for the years following the successful release of ‘a/b’, kaleo did a ... read more
flush with colorful music, 'revelations' is full of drastic changes. at times it sounds like familiar territory for stevens, yet 'revelations' is unlike any other sufjan release in terms of ambient detail.
"revelations VI" and "revelations IX" are the two standouts from this disc.
while the album is instrumental, sufjan still uses choirs throughout ... read more
they release ‘civilisation II’ on their own terms, dropping an unexpected double single to complete this ep.
the extended runtime of “well rested” helps its structure by allowing the song to expand and relax. instead of kero kero bonito’s extremely tight musical parameters, which result in excellence, this song has more of an exploratory nature. thus, more space is ... read more
shame’s set contains engaging versions of specific highlights from ‘drunk tank pink’. these live highlights include “snow day”, “born in luton”, and “water in the well”.
shame unexectedly released this live album; their third overall project to date, and first live album. it is fantastic. they are completely succeeding with the european post-punk trend, ... read more
“lamentations one” starts off as a dreamy, reflective piece with chimes and serenity.
“lamentations two” is a surreal experience. it feels like there’s television static within the music, which pulls one’s attention toward the skillful instrumentals. the song is entertaining, especially ... read more