It was with The 1975's second album, 2016’s ‘i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’, that Matty Healy and co pushed their band from a massively popular yet largely base-level operation into genuinely important statement-purveyors. Musically, the record was a manic, scattered, genre-spanning canvas but remained tied together by the frontman's frenzied takes on relationships, drugs, and navigating...Read more
Robert Hood's installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series offers no unexpected detours or twists -- it's simply 72 minutes of steady, alert techno chugging along like a freight train. Hood lets each track play for about three minutes before smoothly blending it into the next one, and there are no jarring transitions or overdriven effects, just plenty of precise EQ'ing and sweeps. That said, it's still a solid, highly enjoyable mix. Hood's mixing...Read more
Now 22, Cara's self-written sophomore effort finds her grappling with adult life from the perspective of someone in the midst of it. Thematically, The Pains of Growing depicts a stark departure from the confidence that ran through most of Know-It-All. It's a shift Cara herself addresses on powerful first track "Growing Pains": "and I've always been a go-getter / there's truth in every word I write / but still the growing pains, growing pains / they're...Read more
So far, Tweedy 's songwriting has tended to veer far, far away from the kind of soul-baring transparency that motivates many of the classic songwriters who form an integral part of the Wilco chief's musical DNA. Rather than going for the full confessional, Tweedy's chosen to emote in an idiosyncratic manner that's simultaneously almost impenetrably oblique and (at its best) impossibly moving: Tweedy provides the imagery, the listener decides on an...Read more
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