Album Reviews

  1. Single Serving: Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

    Julien Baker‘s debut album Sprained Ankle is a sad album. There’s no other way to say it. The Tennessee musician writes about her life but at only 20 years old, Baker has already had a lifetime of experiences. Done in a bare, folky, instrumentation, Sprained Ankle deals with depression, relationships (with people and God), substance abuse, and so much more to make one of the most Continue…

    Bare, folksy and haunting, take a listen to a single from Julien Baker's debut album.


  2. The Parlor – Wahzu Wahzu

    The Parlor - Wahzu Wahzu

    Husband and wife duo Eric Krans and Jen O’Connor, who record music as The Parlor, did not mean for their latest album Wahzu Wahzu to have much depth. In fact, they were aiming for the opposite. Their stated goal was to pen nothing more than “a dark, but meaningless candy-pop album.” Something fun, sweet, and Continue…

  3. Widowspeak – All Yours

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    It was roughly five years ago when Widowspeak (a.k.a. Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas) first earned a spot in our hearts and (more directly) in our record collection with a pair of slick white vinyl 7″ singles. And, yes, a lot has changed since Thomas and Hamilton mesmerized us with their dark, airy take on Continue…

  4. Beach House – Depression Cherry

    For a certain segment of the music loving population (myself included), Baltimore-based duo Beach House aren’t just another band. They have reached superstar status. Indeed, over the course of just over a decade, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have established themselves as some of the most consistently rewarding songwriters in independent music. When a band Continue…

  5. Tame Impala – Currents

    It’s 2015 and I think it’s fair to say that Tame Impala are officially one of the most critically acclaimed young rock bands in the world. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a mere eight years since Kevin Parker humbly shared the first Tame Impala tracks with the world (on MySpace of all places) Continue…

  6. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

    This won’t come as a surprise but when we host a dinner party in our home, I take the music selection very seriously. At the most basic level, to paraphrase the character Rob from the movie High Fidelity, I pack the night’s soundtrack full of stuff my guests would like; stuff that would make them happy. Of course, finding Continue…

  7. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

    One notable trend in independent music in the past few years is the band/artist that pens songs that sound like they were sent here from another era. Whether they sound like The Rolling Stones or like Sam Cooke, it’s fair to say our love of nostalgia has evolved beyond chillwave to embrace more direct homages to the past. It’s fair Continue…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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