Album reviews

Album reviews

CALLIE RYAN: HEALTH

April 4th, 2018

Ryan’s voice—in reverse, in multiple languages, in various octave ranges—is like an ever-expanding plant sending tendrils in every direction, reaching up, out and beyond the fertile samples she's nurtured. Health is a garden, not just of remedies but of memories, too.

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DELROY EDWARDS: RIO GRANDE

April 2nd, 2018

These are 22 great songs by Delroy Edwards, whether you’re approaching Rio Grande as dancefloor weapon, mood music, or a document from one of L.A.’s most exciting outsider artists. It works from every angle.

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ADRIAN YOUNGE: VOICES OF GEMMA

March 30th, 2018

Unlike the thick funk of his Luke Cage soundtrack or the Delfonics tracks he so deftly recalibrated, Voices of Gemma floats into territories previously explored by bands like Rotary Connection, Stereolab and Broadcast.

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ALICE BAG: BLUEPRINT

March 20th, 2018

Blueprint by Alice Bag ALICE BAG Blueprint Don Giovanni On Blueprint, Alice Bag explores the song as a narrative device, offering songs that speak to experience and confusion. Blueprint explores a range of genres (punk, ska, even ballads) that all allow experimentation with thr techniques…

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TEENAGE WRIST: CHROME NEON JESUS

March 14th, 2018

Pop-punk has been flirting with shoegaze for a while now. It’s a trend that began most notably with Title Fight’s 2015 Hyperview, a chorus-laden love letter to early ‘90s British rock that was met with critical acclaim and foreshadowed a sea change in mainstream punk despite alienating the windmilling portion of that band’s fanbase. That torch has now been passed to new kids on the block, Teenage Wrist, whose debut LP Chrome Neon Jesus is one of the best emo-gaze (dreamo?) syntheses to date.

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MOANING: SELF-TITLED

March 14th, 2018

Before this year, L.A. post-punks Moaning had only a single to their name, but their self-titled LP feels less like a debut than the peak of a seasoned group’s discography where they’ve found a way to effortlessly communicate a physical and emotional state.