Prior to his evolution into genre-defying, organic large canvas explorations on 2015's debut album Elaenia, Shepherd reaped plenty of plaudits with the cerebral electronica of his early singles. Inspired by recent synth-based solo support sets for The xx , Crush marks a resolute and sharp return to Shepherd's formative lonesome laptop operative mode. For fans of Shepherd's recent, often startlingly beautiful ensemble explorations, the somewhat claustrophobic...Read more
Almost four decades after starting Sonic Youth with just a drum machine, guitar and copy from advertisements that she would rework into lyrics, she mimics this same concept within her first release as a solo artist, and has come full circle in many senses. Returning back to her native California after living on the East Coast for many years, she firmly asserts herself as an independent force while questioning the commodification of home, underpinned...Read more
Jumping in puddles used to be a right laugh, didn't it? Nothing used to beat putting your wellies on and just having a little run around in the rain. You probably miss it. Starcrawler certainly do. 'Devour You', Starcrawler's second, pines for the good times, making you realise that the whole adulthood thing is completely overrated. 'Lizzy' is pure unhinged Bo Diddley, Arrow De Wilde's yelp having a new-found depth, adding a tinge of sadness to Starcrawler's...Read more
For anyone who found Big Thief's U.F.O.F. too nuanced, ephemeral, or cerebral, the same year follow-up of Two Hands, on relative terms, is a hook to the jaw. The album is all skin, bone, and sinew—the hands of the album's title serve to both harm and heal. Two Hands feels more of the natural progression from Masterpiece to Capacity, leaving U.F.O.F. as the shimmery, angelic cousin of the others. Most stunning is that the same band has put forth...Read more
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