Unlike her debut album, which Eilish recently declared she "hated every second" of making, Happier Than Ever was created in solitude and isolation with her longtime collaborator and brother Finneas . Left to their own devices, with no outside influences, the pair have created a sprawling second album heavy with ballads. Packed with slow burns often blurring into each other, it's a record to sit with and study - if you've got the time. Listen out for...Read more
In the modern music landscape, few things are as polarizing as the posthumous release. Most of the time, unfinished music gets pieced together and rushed out for major record labels to profit off an artist's passing, discarding their vision and leaving fans conflicted as the label lines their pockets. Despite that, every so often, a posthumous album is given the proper care and respect by the team handling it, as they cater to the artist's original...Read more
On a scale from one to extra lumpy, Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay's latest collaboration as LUMP pushes the outer boundaries. In fact, looking back on their 2018 self-titled debut, the earlier album feels only to be testing the waters of where they could go. LUMP was melancholic and beautiful, distancing itself from Marling's solo work with pages from Linsday's folktronic coloring book. But the album's most energetic moments were brought as much...Read more
At the packed headline show at London's KOKO, they announced their breakup. Though the move was shocking for the media and heartbreaking for the audience, it allowed Creeper to finally get a space to breathe, sort out their personal lives, and work on the next album in peace. A year-long hiatus isn't much, but for their predominantly young fanbase, it felt like a lifetime. Sex, Death & The Infinite Void came out in 2020 to a mixed reaction. Some...Read more
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