Stick In The Wheel's much-lauded first album, From Here, pulled up some trees in the folk community on its release in 2015. Their unadorned, spiky delivery seemed to owe as much to thinking-persons punk bands like The Stranglers or The Raincoats as it did to your usual trad fare. The band stick fiercely to their East London working class roots and in doing so draw parallels between folk and punk by situating them both as communal musics, reflecting...Read more
For Brighton Team-master Ian Parton, old strength-in-numbers ideals inspired the fifth Go! Team album. While 2015's The Scene Between was a near-solo, song-based set, Semicircle unites Team-players old and new, crackling with the communal joys of mob-handed melody, raucous rap and celebratory sound. If that seems a self-conscious step back to Parton's formative Team-work, it's one that sounds vibrantly alive rather than premeditated. Mayday arrives...Read more
It appears that 2018 will mark a sort of rebirth year for First Aid Kit. After scoring glowing reviews for their last two LPs (2012's The Lion's Roar and 2014's Stay Gold) the Swedish duo have moved on from longtime producer Mike Mogis to work with Tucker Martine (the Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse), giving their brand of shimmering alt-country a more raw and live feel. Despite the new sonic scope of their latest LP, Ruins stands...Read more
Four years after the sparking self-analysis of Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus expands her vision for her fourth Tune- Yards album. With her Yards-space now home to an official bandmate in Nate Brenner, Garbus allows deepening matters of power and politics to creep in to her lyrics, with her facility for flexible afro/ indie-pop hybrids smoothing the way. The results can seem studiedly opaque at times, stiff on the race-themed Colonizer or elusive on Who...Read more
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