It's remarkable in itself that in 2018, the Cowboy Junkies still have the same lineup that recorded their debut album, Whites Off Earth Now!!, in 1986. But it's even more surprising that more than three decades into their career, the band's essential formula remains very much the same, and what's more, that it still works. Released in 2018, All That Reckoning is less spare and severe than the group's most celebrated early material, with the occasional...Read more
It feels odd to talk about control when discussing Body/Head. Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's grinding guitar duets seem primed for letting go, with both members surrendering their musical egos to the flow of their noises and textures. They get out of their own way, carving out ample time for each piece to gestate, grow, and ripen. Dig deeper into their songs, though, and the discipline in Gordon and Nace's approach emerges. No matter how far they stretch,...Read more
Listen and subscribe via iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS The Lowdown: Deafheaven return for their fourth album, which strips away the shoegaze of Sunbather and the dark atmosphere of New Bermuda for a bright and sunny, new sound. The album has the same emotional power and wide dynamic range of past Deafheaven records, but features significant new wrinkles in their sound, including a prominent grand piano. The Good: The album is a masterwork...Read more
Love triumphs on the band's most intriguing and joyous album since 2009's breakthrough 'Bitte Orca' Rarely has an album so full of joy and life started in such a sombre way. "The sky has darkened, Earth turned to Hell," Dirty Projectors' creative force Dave Longstreth warbles on the opening song, 'Right Now'. By the end of the song, however, he's lifted up and is ready to turn a new page: "You pulled me up when you took my hand / There was silence...Read more
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