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
Upon the release of her critically-acclaimed 2019 solo debut Walk Through Fire, refreshingly imaginative, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Yola had been present, in some form or another, for nearly two decades. Initially affiliated with several groups, most notably British electronic outfit Massive Attack, she began pursuing a solo career after an extended hiatus following the death of her mother. Re-emerging in 2016 as a contemporary harbinger...Read more
Less than a decade ago, seemingly unstoppable pop music polymath Jack Antonoff embarked on a prolific career as a collaborator and producer to a vast array of relevant artists from Taylor Swift and Lorde to Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent. While Antonoff's prolific contributions to popular music of the 2010s and '20s may occasionally overshadow his origins as an integral figure in the '00s indie scene, such influences on his current output ought not...Read more
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