Grizzly Bear came back after five years of break. While their previous LP, Shields, was a marvel full of imaginative and sophisticated compositions, Painted Ruins were expected to deliver pretty much the same. But let's be clear. It did not. Promotional singles were a prelude to what became a compilation of well executed, but watered-down, … Continue reading Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's latest album Sketches of Brunswick East, recorded with a collaboration of Mild High Club, is their third this year. And it sounds like Metallica's signature fourth song. It's the first toned down of the bunch. It's also complicated with sophisticated structure, but gives us a space to breathe and recharge without losing … Continue reading King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East
Dark Matter proves that we don't longer listen to Randy Newman searching looking for good music, but solely for witty lyrics. And occasionally for a wonderful soundtrack. However, despite great stories, amusing wit, and undisputable charm, it lacks the overall magnificence of its predecessor. I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the first … Continue reading Randy Newman – Dark Matter
Remember Bob Dylan's Self Portrait? Well, there it goes again. Arcade Fire come back with Everything Now - their weirdest and probably weakest LP to date.
Sometimes I have a feeling I'm no longer listening to Timber Timbre, but to young alternative universe version of Bob Dylan with dreamy synths (Velvet Gloves & Spit). Or just electronica-inspired I'm Not There soundtrack. Or mellow Arcade Fire/David Bowie (Grifting). Or Leonard Cohen (Western Questions)?! Or dreamy, contemplative Bruce Springsteen? Either way, Sincerely, Future Pollution … Continue reading Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Do not be mistaken, this is an experimental album. Which shouldn't be a surprise given Arca's career. But it's different from his previous LPs. It's much more personal, subtle, delicate, intimate with all of its peculiarity. It seems like Gharsi became vulnerable, creating music that's moving and as forceful as it can get, without incomprehensible collages … Continue reading Arca – Arca
Unfortunately, we're still waiting for a record that'll be as good as Seventh Tree. After experimental Tales of Us, which was magnificent, but not as Goldfrapp-y as one would as one would expect, we got Silver Eye, which should satisfy every person, who was searching for more electronic sound. And oh my, the beginning is … Continue reading Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
Aimee Mann's Mental Illness is an album full of beautiful, lightly produced, intense and dark folk music. Its form of coherent atmosphere is full of charm, but also frightening. Just like its cover art.
Lightness. This is what I felt while listening to Real Estate's latest LP In Mind. All of the songs you can find there are pleasantly easy-listening, but not overly simplistic. Guitars have bright, clean tone, just like every other instrument. Everything fits perfectly. Just like a perfectly nice album. An LP-next-door. It's just a pity … Continue reading Real Estate – In Mind
Oh my, how I enjoyed this album. And enjoyed it since the first listen. I know, it's not an art-rock, album-of-the-year magnificent achievement. It's not even artistically advanced that much. But I just love it. Long live authentic American punk rock, which stays true to its pop roots, while delivering a desperate, yet optimistic message. Your Not As _____ As … Continue reading Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
Well, there's been a while since I listened to a good album by a supergroup. Maybe even a decade. Of course, Crystal Fairy's self-titled debut cannot be compared to the masterpiece of Them Crooked Vultures, but they're quite close to Audioslave's debut. They are rocking, and rocking pretty hard, merging Melvins and Le Butcherettes with … Continue reading Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy
Thundercat's Drunk is overflowing with creativity, variety, complexity and impressiveness. It is an impressive artistic achievement. But being an impressive achievement doesn't make LPs great.
Critics and fans set the bar preety high for Ryan Adams's new LP Prisoner, having heard his singles in the last few months. At first, hailing it as a masterpiece of broken hearts seemed like an overstatement. Even though it doesn't live up to the expectations on a full-scale, it's a really strong album, a … Continue reading Ryan Adams – Prisoner
PVT's fifth album New Spirit is an electronic journey full of beautiful landscapes, mathematical passages and a post-rock feel. A sophisticated work, which embraces modern sound, but also stays true to the math rock form. This album takes you on a 43-minute experimental ride, segueing from one track to another while maintaining a solid main … Continue reading PVT – New Spirit
Foxygen returns after a phase of extremely intense hype surrounding their music. I've never been a big fan of their work, but I have to admit -- Hang is something very interesting. Californians abandoned their overly psychadelic aura and transformed into theatrical art pop, which brings listeners closer to Talking Heads than to Quicksilver Messenger Service. What's … Continue reading Album of the Week: Foxygen – Hang
It's hard to record an album after such disquieting masterpiece like The Terror. At first listen, Oczy Mlody sounded like a weird, space-dream-synth-experimental rendition of Pink Floyd's Welcome to the Machine. You can feel the atmosphere known from their previous work, but after some time, elements of The Flaming Lips' earlier appear, giving it an interesting … Continue reading Album of the Week: The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
Brian Eno's latest album is a pensive New Year's gift for all people who love experimenting with musical collages. Single 54-minute track is a long, dark, melancholic, meditative, subtle. It's something radically different from the most of what contemporary popular music has to offer. Maybe that's why listening to it feels like something divine and … Continue reading Album of the Week: Brian Eno – Reflection