Arthur Russell, "You Did It Yourself"


Arthur Russell"You Did It Yourself"Iowa Dream (out 11.15 on Audika)There's something very fitting about a new project of recordings by the late, great Arthur Russell dropping 6 weeks before the end of the decade. In many ways, the multi-instrumentalist's sound feels at home along the wildly experimental, genre-fluid music Read more

Images & Words: The 1975, "People"


The 1975"People"Notes on a Conditional Form (out 02.22.20 on Dirty Hit)The Used, Head Automatica/Glassjaw, Primal Scream, Marilyn Manson, Blur, The Refused. And that's only six of the roughly 600 random bands that the new 1975 track brings to mind. And somehow, just like mother-fucking always, they pull it off. Read more

Caroline Polachek, "Ocean of Tears" & "Parachute"


Caroline Polachek"Ocean of Tears" / "Parachute"Pang (out this fall on Columbia)Ok, now I'm getting really excited about the ex-Chairlift vocalist/composer's first album under her real name. Following up on her wonderful first single "Door," these two new tracks highlight Polachek's spellbinding voice and evocative, powerful songwriting. Though you can Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of the 2nd Quarter


Ana Roxanne~~~Leaving RecordsThe Oakland bedroom artist’s debut project is a staggering slice of ambient music that pulls subtly from the R&B and pop vocalists that she grew up on. Her voice sounds far away but pulls you in close (think: Grouper’s “Ruin”) and is ready to tell you its Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2019, So Far (Honorable Mention)


As promised, here is the rest of my favorite tracks of the year that didn't quite make the cut for my main list. Songs are in no particular order. Chromatics “Time Rider”bahahahahah (Italians Do It Better) “Dear Tommy” is obviously never coming out. But I did get to hear this Read more

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Images & Words: Ingrid Andress, “More Hearts Than Mine”

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Ingrid Andress
“More Hearts Than Mine”
Digital Single

Though I’m about six months late on this swelling country ballad, it’s way too good not to write about. The rising Colorado crooner is blessed with a powerful, pure voice, and she smears it all over this standard, but really well-written song about how the ones we love grow to fall in love with the ones we love. She’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

Images & Words: Turnover, “Much After Feeling”

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Turnover
“Much After Feeling”
Altogether (out 11.01 on Run For Cover)

Though the press release claims the Virginia native’s fourth LP will boast a new sound that incorporates “funk, jazz, and disco,” its smooth, sleek debut single feels more like evolution than revolution. Featuring the same bright, sunny feel of their previous album, “Super Natural,” vocalist Austin Getz’s increasingly confident vocals drive “Much After Feeling,” as he muses about trying to enjoy the moment you’re in, while missing someone you love.

Images & Words: Matt Berninger, “Walking on a String” (f/ Phoebe Bridgers)

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Matt Berninger
“Walking on a String” (f/ Phoebe Bridgers)
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (out now on Dead Oceans)

It’s easy to imagine a young Phoebe Bridgers growing up on the angsty lyrics and the gravely delivery of the National’s Matt Berninger. And unsurprisingly, the duo make for a knockout combination on this gentle number from the 48 year-old’s upcoming debut solo LP. I prefer the alternate version, which features Bridgers vocally more, but both pack a subtly devastating hammer, as they consider the difficult task of being in love with someone who never quite makes you feel at ease.

Images & Words: The Japanese House, “Something Has To Change”

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The Japanese House
“Something Has To Change”
Digital Single

Getting stuck in a negative cycle is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to us. And that quiet frustration is beautifully chronicled by Amber Bain on her tasty new single. As ever, the Imogen Heap vibes are strong, and Bain’s annoyed lyrics are balanced by the lightness of her processed vocals, teaming with just enough energy to give you hope that change is coming around the next corner.

Images & Words: Erlend Øye & La Comitiva, “Paradiso”

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Erlend Øye & La Comitiva
“Paradiso”
Paradiso (out soon on Bubbles)
The Norwegian singer/songwriter has mostly been crooning in Italian these days, and this glorious new tune is probably my favorite canzone he’s put out yet. He’s always been blessed with an impossibly soft tenor, but he sounds extra chilled over very Kings of Convenience classical guitars and a swooning string number. The clip, too, is a thing of beauty, capturing the quaint streets and gorgeous coast of his adopted hometown of Syracuse, Sicily. 😍

Images & Words: Chromatics, “You’re No Good”

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Chromatics
“You’re No Good”
Closer to Grey (out now on Italians Do It Better)

It’s not “Dear Tommy,” but there’s a new Chromatics album out in the world, and that’s good enough for me. The exquisite new project’s lead single — the characteristically stylish, “You’re No Good” — gets some fitting, neon-soaked visuals. Radelet is at her nonplussed best, gliding weightlessly above a perfectly-crafted waterbed of synths, courtesy of His Holiness Johnny Jewel.

Images & Words: Blue Hawaii, “Still I Miss U”

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Blue Hawaii
“Still I Miss U”
Open Reduction Internal Fixation (out 10.11 on Arbutus)
The Montreal duo pour one out for the brokenhearted on this lovelorn slow-burner. Flanked by laid-back, daytime grooves, Raphaelle Standell-Preston explores the constant struggle to move on from someone you love, dropping affecting couplets like “I can’t find another way to say, that it’s so strange without you in my day.” When you’re battling post-breakup loneliness, it’s so important to remember that your pain and isolation aren’t only yours. They’re shared by so many others and aren’t a personal failure, but a difficult, unavoidable, and ultimately formative part of life.

Images & Words: Sudan Archives, “Confessions/Black Vivaldi Sonata”

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Sudan Archives
“Confessions/Black Vivaldi Sonata”
Athena (out 11.1 on Stone’s Throw)

In advance of her forthcoming debut LP, Brittney Parks’ dropped this stunning, uplifting new video. Parks’ exciting sound pulls from a number of unexpected places — from chamber pop to R&B — and she’s in great form here, gliding over a slithering violin line and bouncy percussion. Though she’s not quite a household name yet, it only seems like a matter of time before she gets there.

Caroline Polachek, “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”

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Caroline Polachek
“So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”
Pang (out 10.18 on Columbia)

Caroline Polachek is fuckin’ on one right now, and you absolutely, goddamn love to see it. Her new project’s fourth single is a flirty, confident stunner that sharply and relatably chronicles the struggle of being apart from someone that you are super into. “Not like I’m countin’ the days, but it’s been 25” she coos, admitting her hopeless affection while still seeming unflappable and effortlessly cool. It’s a difficult balance to hit, but she does it with ease.

Images & Words: Men I Trust, “Numb”

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Men I Trust
“Numb”
Oncle Jazz (out now, self-released)
Though I’ve been late on the Montreal dream-pop trio, I’ve spent most of the day falling in love with the languid 24-track debut. Though the lazy haze of “Numb” sets a soothing mood, vocalist Emmanuelle Proulx’s lyrics are sharp as hell, as she picks through the bones of a failed relationship. “Hon, I never meant to cheat you out of time” she coos with the kind of palpable care that never quite leaves us when we break-up with someone. It’s aching, honest, and beautifully delivered.

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