Described by Austin Brown as a response to the nihilism born out of our current “hateful era of culture,” Parquet Courts's sixth album, Wide Awake!, tackles such heavy subject matter as climate change, political corruption, government propaganda, gun violence, and police brutality. Though the Brooklyn post-punk quartet's songwriting remains prone to tangents, the argument on “Total Football” that “collectivism...Read more
For Ryley Walker, the option of treading a safer and more lucrative career path has always existed. At literally any point, if he were to meekly shape-shift into the guise of a more vanilla-flavoured acoustic folk-blues troubadour, his commercial stock would accordingly grow and his newly spayed output would consequently dribble unremarked from high-end, low-volume stereo set-ups at dinner parties from Manhattan to Sandbanks. But it would utterly...Read more
"No-one's born to hate - we learn it somewhere along the way." This is the sombre note on which Australian slacker-queen Courtney Barnett begins her second album, amid heavy-hearted, Nirvana-indebted guitar. It's a typically astute observation from a singer-songwriter who is carving a career out of them: Barnett's speciality is picking meat off the bones to expose the emotional skeletons of life's seemingly mundane happenings. Both her 2013 double-EP...Read more
Whether in the game-changing, intelligently-skewed slackerism of Pavement or in his slightly more melodically fleshed-out work with the Jicks, Stephen Malkmus has spent the last 25 years making the weird and esoteric strangely accessible. On ‘Sparkle Hard’ he doesn’t reinvent his own wheel but keeps it turning over with a seemingly never-ending well of ideas. ‘Bike Lane’ lands on the more abrasive end of the spectrum,...Read more
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