Just as the song comes together, so it comes apart, embracing devolution and collapsing at a whim, bending chords into oblivion and shifting rhythms without warning... and then right back together again.
In earlier albums there is a sense that Pissed Jeans are skewering femininity and masculinity, but never with such precision as on Why Love Now.
On Pleasure Suck, Philadelphia five-piece Spirit of The Beehive create a noisy landscape that shape shifts at every turn. Sometimes hollow and sweet, sometimes brash and arresting- the album offers notes of the band's trademark sounds while welcoming something completely new.
On their new album, Opposites, singer Alyse Lamb doesn’t so much wear her heart on her sleeve so much as she does throw it on the floor in a blood-spattered mess, piecing it back together with a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers.
The trio of Jazz Adam, Nina Ryser (Palberta) and Ricardo Balmaseda, play with the deconstructed, disoriented, and unpredictable nature of perception, contorting reality to its strangest form.
The band have come a long way since the release of Cherry Blossom, dipping their mopey sound into disorienting shoegaze and unwieldy slacker punk, creating a new record that is brilliantly weird and gloriously detached.
At what point does catering to the mainstream become an artist’s moral imperative? At what point does eschewing the attention of the masses undercut the artist’s credibility?
The two records complement each other very well, but remain distinct enough in orchestration and texture for each to offer unique sadboi magnetism.
Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our favorite releases of the week in the form of albums, singles, and music videos along with the "further listening" section of new and notable releases from around the web.
Charm School deserves praise for the mere fact that it’s evidence of what a creative mind will do when it’s left in dull and uninspiring surroundings--establish its own internal environment, create a reason to exist, a purpose, an excuse to wake up and keep going.
Trying, figuring, and contemplating; all of these verbs could be used in discussion of this record, as the lyrics reflect an overthinking introvert’s painstaking mental gymnastics.
With such a mesmerizing full-length debut, the future path of Operator Music Band is polished smooth with analog electronics and boundless inspiration.
This Guitars owes its ability to hold your attention to the interlocking of its various elements and each track’s patiently explored possibilities.
Pasko's music may stem from loss, but the sound is reminiscent to watching a flower bloom (rather than decay) after a harsh winter. This is merely the beginning of the next chapter.
It all gives off a feeling of hearing something from a distance. Disconcerting the listener while at the same time driving them to want to hear more, to strive to find the source.
You Didn’t is a pastiche of many musical landscapes, but that’s a boring description, so let’s name them: Qualls combines the technical musical mania of math-rock, the 90s guitar-pop that jingle-jangles with radio-single accessibility, and a conversational lyricism so down-to-earth it’s like your hanging out with him.
"Worn," the album's second single is captivating post-punk with a deep appreciation of art-pop and Talking Heads' skewed whimsy.
No Sorry, the long-awaited tape-de- force from Boston darlings Birthing Hips, is packed with thrills from end to end, but even the mightiest tape can't contain the downright ridiculous amount of personality on display when these four kooks collide live.
Drastic times call for drastic measures, a sentiment that can be felt throughout the new record as the trio dial back the artier aspects of their sound while embracing the agitated and reckless elements.
Their vintage Southern-rock twang sung over loud electric guitars is a throwback to 1970s rock days, with guitar riffs aplenty, layered vocals, and a touch of pedal steel.
- Bardo Pond - Under The Pines
- Bilge Rat - Bilge Rat
- Borzoi - Surrender the Farm
- Boss Hog - Brood X
- The Cairo Gang - Untouchable
- Feral Ohms - Feral Ohms
- Fucked Up - Year of the Snake
- Gary Wrong Group - Gary Wrong Group
- The Jesus & Mary Chain - Damage and Joy
- Kissing is a Crime - Kissing is a Crime
- Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
- Pontiak - Dialectic of Ignorance
- Raekwon - The Wild
- Snakehole - Interludes of Insanity
- The Spirit of the Beehive - Pleasure Suck
- Tonstartssbandht - Sorcerer
- New Holland - Hey Pal, We All Look Up To You
- Arc Flash - Carbon Copy
- Bleary Eyed - Zeeke
- Bucket - Bouquet
- Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice
- Isis - Live VII
- Lovely Bad Things - Homebodied
- Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
- Pile - A Hairshirt of Purpose
- Rays - Rays
- Sneaks - It's A Myth
- Vox and the Hound - Aloha Shores
- Wire - Silver/Lead