Album Reviews

  1. Mikal Cronin – MCIII

    Aside from the color of the vinyl, the center labels were the first things I noticed when I opened my copy of Mikal Cronin‘s latest album MCIII. Side A features a simple black label with subtle gradient variations marked by concentric circles. Side B is the mirror image but in white. The vinyl itself is Continue…

    Mikal Cronin's latest album MCIII is direct, confident and ambitious. It is his most mature and full realized album to date.


  2. Hayden – Hey Love

    Hayden‘s Hey Love is not what you’d call an upbeat album. In fact, if we’re being honest, it’s often kind of a bummer. For example, the album opens with songwriter Hayden Desser pretty much calling out love itself as the problem. As you might have guessed, opener “Hearts Just Beat” is a languid tune with Continue…

  3. This Is The Kit – Bashed Out

    Bashed Out, the third full length from Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables (better known as This Is The Kit), is a morning album. Like the sunrise, it is infused with warmth, subtlety, and restrained energy. It’s bright, optimistic, and moves at a very deliberate pace. Indeed, each note, each ringing cymbal, each cold swipe across the Continue…

  4. Faith Healer – Cosmic Troubles

    Cosmic Troubles is the second solo album (but first under the Faith Healer moniker) of Edmonton, Canada songwriter Jessica Jalbert. And it’s quickly proving to be one of our favorite releases this year. With the help of her friend, multi-instrumentalist and producer Renny Wilson, Jalbert effortlessly captures the warmth and jangly, fuzz-drenched fun of late Continue…

  5. José González – Vestiges and Claws

    It’s been seven years since José González last released a solo album. And, in some ways, it’s hard to ignore just how much time has past while listening to his new album Vestiges and Claws. Between singles from a new Sufjan Stevens’ album billed as a return to “folk music” and a newly released Iron Continue…

  6. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

    In a very short period of time, Nashville-based Natalie Prass has definitely sparked our interest. We were first introduced to her music late last year with the soulful, swooping and intricately arranged debut single “Bird of Prey.” It’s a bright and sophisticated piece of pop grandeur that propels along a seriously sweet groove that’s kept Continue…

  7. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

    “Back, Baby” by San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt is one of those exceptional tunes that immediately stands out as both timeless and unique. Indeed, thanks to the lo-fi quality of Pratt’s recording and the simplicity of the arrangement, it’s easy to imagine the track as some lost folk masterpiece recorded in the late 60’s or early Continue…

  8. Naïm Amor – Hear The Walls

    “When you turn the music off, you can hear the walls, the soul of one specific place, its nude ambiance that makes it so unique. This album fits the moment and the place when you decide to finally turn the music on again and . . . listen.” Outsiders (like myself) are sometimes surprised by Continue…

  9. Kindness – Otherness

    Genres are an infuriatingly inadequate means of describing a song. Pop in particular is an incredibly amorphous genre. For example, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was a pop hit in 1960. Compare that one to Radiohead’s 2000 opus Kid A – also described as pop music (including by frontman Thom Yorke) – and you’ll struggle to find much in the Continue…

  10. Ejecta – Dominae

    If you’re not already familiar with them, Ejecta is the project of vocalist/songwriter Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin). It’s also a character the duo created as inspiration for the project. In volcanology, ejecta refers to the “the sediment which settles to the ocean floor after an eruption or seismic shift” Continue…

  11. Caribou – Our Love

    In many ways, I believe that the best musicians treat “genre” as little more than a canvas for songs that could – hypothetically at least – exist in many different formats. And when they get bored with a genre, they move on to a new one. Or, alternately, they simply cherry pick their favorite elements Continue…

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