Jun 26, 2020
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90
An exciting combination of art pop, baroque and the French chanson, this latest record from Canadian-based artist Klô Pelgag is a revelation as it constantly immerses listeners to a world of fantastical quality without losing its own universality and sense of wonder. The language barrier is not a hindrance to understand what the artist is saying and that won me over the record. A high recommendation to this record. Not to be missed.
Jun 26, 2020
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90
Avant-garde dissected into multitudes of genres and blurs the boundaries of musical vision and jarring shifts in sound and tone punctuates this latest outing from Venezuelan experimental artist Alejandra Ghersi (that goes with the moniker Arca), this record of diverse styles is a win as it stylistically skitters into unpredictable and dance-ready, diversity and heightened sense of self as its tracks moves from otherworldly to glitchy and diverse. Clad as a mechanized warrior nymph fused body ... read more
Jun 26, 2020
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95
She promised dancefloor love and she gave it here, a seductive, head-bopping ode to disco and funk with sweet, slick results. The whole time I was dancing listening to this. It's that good, ugh.
Jun 26, 2020
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100
The Californian Haim sisters just keeps on walking. Their image of frolicking the streets of Los Angeles boulevards and streets linked to their nonchalant and irresistibly awe-inspiring music videos (directed with confidence by their frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson (and also shot the cover art at Canter's Deli) exudes boldness and marks a period of moving beyond their sunny soft-rock influences to an even broader one, a nod back to classic rock, harmonic vocals, and casual way of ... read more
Jun 19, 2020
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87
That cover art is a no but the music here is a yes. He still gets the swagger and charm.
Jun 19, 2020
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90
She continues to consistently makes finely composed, nuanced compositions that touches and crushes your heart with tinge of hope, everytime. So good it hurts.
Jun 12, 2020
usedtobe -
90
Defiant, ultra-slick and strong debut from the Savages front woman with a brash, industrial vibe that is propulsive in nature. I'm The Man is easily a standout track right here.
Jun 5, 2020
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75
This newest effort from Norwegian singer-songwrite Sondre Lerche is a sweet collection of indie pop tunes that brims with sensibility and romance. I am loving this crooner side of him that I've never heard from his previous efforts.
Jun 5, 2020
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80
London singer-songwriter Will Westerman's debut is an exercise in dynamism, with sonic techniques and instrumentation that is introspective, with different takes on certain genres that meshes well. There is playfulness in his material that has a gossamer quality to it, paired with cryptic, contemplative lyricism uniquely his own. This one is a subtle big-timer.
Jun 5, 2020
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77
Been a follower since their Snares Like a Haircut record and this new one is no exception with enough swagger and conciseness I need on a record. An enjoyable rock record that does it fun and sweet.
Jun 5, 2020
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85
I cried to Bad Feeling and Trinidad. Only Paul Banks can do this to me.
Jun 5, 2020
usedtobe -
95
Honestly my favorite cover art of the year with an arresting material that goes with it. The track-list and features are absurdly good. This is the protest record that matters, now.
Jun 5, 2020
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93
This is how you do art punk, the catchy way. Short, punchy and concise amidst its monotony in sound and structure.
Jun 5, 2020
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80
Spanish indie-rock outfit Hinds releases another effort brimming with upbeat yet strikingly pop take on garage rock, an undeniable departure from their lo-fi, ecstatic indie-pop sound with their debut, Leave Me Alone and finally make a material that sounds vibrant and anthemic. An absolute riot of a record right here.
Jun 5, 2020
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87
Melbourne-based quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever newest record is a collection of highly enjoyable guitar-pop confection, never losing their sense of jangle and catchiness with an utter sense of optimism. The sunniest of melodies can be heard here, imbued with a sense of progression and comfort with their sound, grabbing you from the first listen unto the last. Summer melancholy never sounded this pleasurable.
May 31, 2020
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90
When Freddie Gibbs works with an elite producer like The Alchemist, it is guaranteed fantastic - flow over these atmospheric beats is immaculate. A saucy one to relax/chill with your homies to.
May 31, 2020
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92
Protomartyr and Parquet Court has a new friend, and its The Cool Greenhouse. Arresting post-punk beats paired with monotonal, repetitive but engaging instrumentation with cryptic lyricism is a winner in the books. A smashing debut and will be on a lookout for their future material.
May 28, 2020
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86
San Francisco's art rock quartet newest outing is a dive back to their humblest beginnings, dystopic in nature but still in tune to their own world of improvisational noise: fractured R’n’B, noise rock and classical leanings that is highly reminiscent of their 2000s records, mainly Reveille and Apple O'. A very solid addition to their prolific discography and works wonderfully in its playfulness,
May 28, 2020
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50
They All Sounded The Same: The Album. Like a dated Eurodance pop material that is just background music.
May 22, 2020
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85
A surprise release from the multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett, this newest effort is a subtle beauty of immense energy, tagged as narrative sequel to 2010's Heartland and his first in six years, since 2014’s In Conflict. Nearly acoustic in nature with orchestral flourishes and ambient leanings, this is a material I always long to listen to in the midst of an uncertain future, almost cathartic in nature.
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