From the indie guitar pop of ‘Atop A Cake’ and 'Party Police' to the hazy, dreamlike synths and shorewave sounds of 'Red Planet', it is a record that admirably juxtaposes different shades of the spectrum, and guarantees Alvvays a name to remember.
The first full-length album to bear ex Babybird cult hero Stephen Jones‘ own name since 2003′s ‘Almost Cured Of Sadness’ finds the Sheffield-based musical genius delivering a breathtaking set of strange, beautiful and transcendental pieces.
The album is 55 minutes of simplistic storytelling, Oberst’s ever recognizable vocals and a whole lot of heart. If you’ve been an Oberst fan at any point of his career before 2009, it’s a record that’s easy to fall in love with.
United Nations are a complicated semi-lark that Geoff Rickly, former lead singer of Thursday, has kept going in some form or another since 2005. The project's always practiced warfare via confusion, and their latest album is structured around the band's fake mythology; musically, though, The Next Four Years moves like a piece of fine engineering—all curved lines, no wind resistance.
Sandoval and her collaborators may never modify the melancholy torch that they bear, but they keep that fire masterfully for those of us who still have a yen for patient, no-frills sounds that happen to serve as a miracle balm.
Cocteau Twins' fifth and sixth albums are seeing deluxe vinyl reissues this week. These two releases—which were their last for 4AD—present the boundary-pushing innovators as first and foremost a pop band. And pop rarely sounds as transformative and as transfixing as it does here.
The Florida-raised, Brooklyn-based brothers, Edwin and Andy White, make up the eclectic, endlessly touring collagist psych duo Tonstartssbandht. Their Overseas is a live album, though it's not done in one live take: they strung together performances to build an exceptionally cohesive collection.