Friday, May 31, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Burial returns after a two-year absence with a killer new single called "Claustro." It's dancier than his usual material but still retains his singular sound. It debuted on Mary Anne Hobbes' radio show. To listen to it, skip ahead to the 1:10:40 mark.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Hayden Thorpe, the former lead singer for art-pop band Wild Beasts, has released his first solo album, the gorgeous piano-led Diviner. One of my favorite tracks is the starkly beautiful "Human Knot," which focuses on Thorpe's haunting voice.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Reminiscent of Aphex Twin's early ambient works, this beautiful instrumental is the perfect way to ease into a Monday.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
ANOHNI lends her gorgeous vocals to this collaboration with J. Ralph, singing the poetry of Jade Bell. All proceeds from the track go to Bell’s non-profit foundation Jade’s KIDS.
Monday, May 13, 2019
British band HÆLOS have just released their remarkable sophomore record Any Random Kindness. It builds upon their initial trip-hop sound, making things more dense and organic. "Empty Skies" is a standout track with its drum patterns recalling Massive Attack's masterful song "Unfinished Sympathy." The band brings in their excellent use of harmonies all, of course, anchored by Lotti Benardout’s Valkyrie-like voice. It's a stunning achievement.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Production duo Drinker has just released their stunning debut album Fragments. Moody single "Fragment II" is the centerpiece and one of the many highlights on the record.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
The brilliantly off-center pop/folk band Big Thief return with their best album yet, the grandly surreal U.F.O.F. "Strange" sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a dream pop band. Their album is a treasure trove of riches. I keep finding something new each time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
LA duo Chasms returns with their new record The Mirage. They sound like a mix of Cocteau Twins and The xx, with a dash of Public Image Ltd.'s dub soundscapes thrown in for atmosphere. "Deep Love Deep Pain" is an evocative track that is a perfect embodiment of their sound.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Rhye return with this haunting, and vaguely sinister new track called "Needed." Lyrics like "Why you look so fragile? Do I seem so bad?," hint at a darker under current, as the narrator implores his lover that all he wants is to be needed. The song was co-written with Dan Wilson of Semisonic.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Hypnotic goth pop song from Glasgow band The Ninth Wave. It is off their debut album Infancy. I love the rush of synths and guitars, and the heavenly harmonies of singers Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Elena Tonra, the leader of British rock trio Daughter, has released her first solo record under the moniker Ex:Re. It's a somber record that chronicles a recent breakup she went through. "The Dazzler" details the loneliness and emptiness that can be experienced in a hotel room. Tonra lays down a minimal musical background, but punctuates the song with lots of odd electronics, strings, and treated guitar.