Album reviews

Album reviews

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.

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ASHTREJINKINS: FRUIT IN FAILURE EP

September 26th, 2017

Compton’s AshTreJinkins has always had a taste for the abstract. From his glitched-out Low End Theory-tested hip-hop to his recent forays into broken-down techno and house, there’s always been a grimy opacity that keeps his work at a distance, like a smudged porthole looking deep into the Pacific.

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WAND: PLUM

September 20th, 2017

Wand is at its very best when it steps on the pedal, as on the chiming, 8-minute guitar jam "Blue Cloud" and "Bee Karma," a song with classic-rock swagger stuck in overdrive. It's glorious, and so is Wand. May they never settle for sitting still.

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CHELSEA WOLFE: HISS SPUN

September 19th, 2017

Wolfe invokes images of natural purity and beauty—like fawns, roses, and the moon—and juxtaposes them with visions of crawling skin, broken glass, claws, fangs, and madness. “Show me what’s underneath, show me your bruises,” Wolfe pleads on “Two Spirit.” On Hiss Spun, nothing stays pure and simple for long.

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SHANNON LAY: LIVING WATER

September 18th, 2017

You don’t need bells and whistles when the songs are this good.

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SPARKS: HIPPOPOTAMUS

September 15th, 2017

The Mael brothers—and only the Mael brothers could do this—successfully find six or so other words that rhyme with the title. One wonders if they see a little bit of themselves in this nearly extinct creature that does whatever the hell it wants?