Still Corners, the duo of Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray, have been honing their craft since they dropped their debut album Creatures of An Hour in 2011. Three albums later this sound has evolved into a marvelous mix of sublime dreaminess and smart atmospheric pop-rock. It's a sound that borrows heavily from the Cocteau Twins/Beach House aesthetic of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. Combined with blithe synth washes...Read more
A lot has changed for Washington State's Death Cab for Cutie since they rode roughshod into pop culture consciousness in the early Noughties, namedropped relentlessly on US teen drama The OC and soon becoming the darlings of floppy-haired emo kids everywhere. 2003's Transatlanticism was the band's high-water mark, a collection of fragile pop songs which catapulted them beyond their previous cult status. Cue international stardom, an A-list marriage...Read more
On Be the Cowboy, Mitski's formula—anthemic pop songs grounded in lean, organic arrangements and intimate vocals and lyrics—recalls that of Lorde, for whom the Japanese-American singer-songwriter recently opened on tour. Mitski's lyrics remain eccentric as ever, rife with sexual agitation and the desperation of losing control—more “manic depression” than Melodrama. But she's cast off her mopey, confessional...Read more
Throughout history, "Nearer My God to Thee" have become infamous last words. The traditional Christian hymn retells Jacob's dream of a ladder reaching all the way to heaven, but it's gotten a reputation for inserting itself into parables of tragic ambition. The Battle of Gettysburg culminated with a disastrous infantry assault by the Confederacy, and its band played the hymn as surviving troops retreated from Pickett's Charge. It's disputed whether...Read more
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