Nathan Williams probably doesn't get enough credit for his songwriting savvy. He pigeonholed Wavves early on with slacker punk anthems with titles like "So Bored" and "Idiot" -- but he has also showed a talent for giddy Animal Collective impersonations, Beach Boys harmonies, weirdo circus ditties, and beat-driven side-projects. That chameleonic talent for different styles comes to the fore on Hideaway, which at least somewhat tones down the pop-punk...Read more
The horrors of life as a twenty-something: You're having less sex, working constant overtime, and handing over most of your paycheck to a landlord who won't bat an eyelid if the black mold in the ceiling gives you lung disease. Self-worth is a fleeting commodity, sanity even more so. The Goon Sax have always had the market cornered on tales of young-adult embarrassment--their songs cover scenarios like cutting your own hair and being left on read...Read more
At the end of 2020, it was reported that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had, in part, been funded by a $1m donation from Dolly Parton. This was further proof, not that it was needed, of Parton's status of all-round good egg and worldwide treasure. Her contribution to the potential salvation of humankind ranks fairly high on her list of impressive deeds, somewhere alongside her literacy program, The Imagination Library, which has been responsible for...Read more
The beautifully titled Mythopoetics isn't a massive stylistic shift for Rose, but rather a product of honing and paring back her dense and diverse sonics into something more intimate, the opposite side of the coin to last year's very synth-based The Caretaker. As the sun-dripped texture of the album cover implies, this is a more organic record, that strips away some of the electronic spectres and grooves from her earlier albums and lets Rose's piano...Read more
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