The Leeds-based singer Rosie Lowe debuted in 2013 with "Right Thing," a brooding R&B-soul hybrid that made the aftereffects of a breakup sound like being submerged in a sensory deprivation tank. Her atmospheric 2016 LP Control explored the emotional give-and-take of modern dating, and despite being cloistered by a few too many glazed, anonymous synths, there were quietly compelling songs (see: the body-image treatise "Woman") to bear out Lowe's...Read more
Darkness is always bubbling beneath Charly Bliss. On their 2017 debut Guppy, the Brooklyn band--singer and guitarist Eva Hendricks, her brother and drummer Sam, guitarist Spencer Fox, and bassist Dan Shure--offered a bundle of off-kilter confessionals that were at once sneering and vulnerable. Over blasts of power pop, Hendricks celebrated the death of a lover's beloved pet, gazed at a boyfriend's new partner like "softcore porn," and gleefully admitted...Read more
Mac's back, baby, Mac's back. The slacker hero slows things down on his fourth full-length album, finding catharsis in gentle instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics If you were to believe certain corners of the internet, then Mac DeMarco deserves to be cancelled. By inadvertently giving his fourth studio album, 'Here Comes The Cowboy', a similar title to Mitski's brilliant 2018 effort 'Be The Cowboy', Mac was accused by hundreds of Twitter users of...Read more
Serving as a companion piece to Konoyo, its six tracks are taken from Hecker's overseas stint while at the Jiunzan Mandala-Temple Kanzouin where he collaborated with the gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso. Hecker continues to be at the top of his prime - working well beyond his range by capturing mesmeric compositions where he bends and unites sound in unimaginable ways. But while its output oftentimes scurries next to dark, foreign passageways, Hecker...Read more
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