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
Nearly 25 years into their existence as one of the more intense and imaginative noise rock bands of their era, very rarely has Providence, Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt produced anything even remotely resembling a catchy pop melody. Much of the group's wooly discography has been made up of Brian Gibson's mutant bass sounds and Brian Chippendale's immaculate drumming, occupying an otherworldly territory somewhere between grindcore tempos, tribal...Read more
2016's Metal Resistance saw the kawaii idol metal troupe embrace the darkness and dial back some of the more radio-friendly J-pop aspects of their sound. The confectioner's touch that made their eponymous debut so alluring was still there, but the overall effect was more punishing than grin-inducing. Metal Galaxy, the band's third full-length effort, aims to remedy that. The 14-track set commences with the fragmented "Future Metal," an overture of...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
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