Album reviews

Album reviews

OLIVIA KAPLAN: AT THE SEAMS EP

January 23rd, 2018

The EP’s climax comes in the form of a question during the closing track: “How do you get by without getting so low?” There Kaplan lets us in on her secret, perhaps the same power that made her emotional anguish sound so sweet: “Honey, you don’t.”

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NO AGE: SNARES LIKE A HAIRCUT

January 23rd, 2018

No Age, like us, has been around. Lived some life. And is still punching at the wind. We should all aspire to remain as obstinate as our heroes who play guitars.

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STARCRAWLER: SELF-TITLED

January 17th, 2018

Ryan Adams, who decided to produce the album after hearing the band on Instagram, claimed that it would “peel the paint off your brain.” While it doesn’t quite do that—the riffs are ten-ton heavy but familiar, the songwriting respectable but a bit green—the moments where it comes closest are the stuff of head-banging dreams.

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BOYO: ME, AGAIN

January 15th, 2018

Although written just three months after the release of his 2016 debut Control, the twenty-something Tilden here unveils a robust new body of work reflecting momentous change and heartfelt introspection.

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DERDE VERDE: MEANDER BELT EP

December 11th, 2017

“Staring into Dying Light,” begins with stark strumming and reverbed vocals and drums as McKenzie’s lyrics warn, “It’s not gonna turn back time / staring into dying light / I don’t want to turn back time.” The echoes and percussion somehow evoke a particularly Midwestern isolation—flat lands, empty skies—but the song soon leaves the planet completely for something more cosmic.

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SUSAN: “TV GIRLS” +2 EP

December 7th, 2017

If there are people better at producing power pop with such a perfect balance of irony, exasperation, and confidence, I don’t know who they are.