Album reviews

Album reviews

JESUS SONS: TRES

October 16th, 2017

The subject matter is dark and portentous, but with a charm that sets these songs on the brink of cheerful self-destruction. If you're about to explode, why not go out with a bang?

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TRACY BRYANT: A PLACE FOR NOTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

October 15th, 2017

With his new record, A Place For Nothing And Everything In Its Place, singer-songwriter Tracy Bryant has officially joined the ranks of likeminded -pop auteurs Mikal Cronin and Devon Williams.

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RAENER: HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE EP

October 12th, 2017

The production is as slick as it is exacting: each track is stacked with strategically spotlit layers, crafted with love for the headphone generation. As a debut, it's promising and dreamy, and it hints at the cosmic existential crises from which—and through which—the band sprints, sneaks and wanders.

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ANTWON: SUNNYVALE GARDENS

October 6th, 2017

There’s a distinct line between the recent wave of punk-influenced hip-hop—Ho99o9, Injury Reserve, and Death Grips among the groups smashing earsplitting riffs over 808s—and Antwon's Sunnyvale Gardens, a self-aware but never self-serious threading of reference-heavy rap through hardcore’s themes and structures.

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XL MIDDLETON: THINGS ARE HAPPENING

October 3rd, 2017

XL's lyrics, although still delivered with his characteristic ice-cold confidence, reveal a headspace vexed by paranoia, cynicism and claustrophobia. The desolate cover art—a disheveled bedroom precariously balanced atop a sliver of land—hints at the loneliness he explores on tracks like "Better Friend" and "Look Who's Talkin'."

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MOSES SUMNEY: AROMANTICISM

September 29th, 2017

Sumney's Aromanticism is a deep and powerful album, with perhaps the precise kind of tenderness to balance 2017’s post-apocalyptic feel.