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Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 18th - March 3rd)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 18th - March 3rd)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 4th - February 17th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 4th - February 17th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (December 31st - January 13th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (December 31st - January 13th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (December 3rd - December 30th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (December 3rd - December 30th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 9th - April 22nd)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 9th - April 22nd)

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.

Post-Trash's Best of 2017 | The Year In Review

Post-Trash's Best of 2017 | The Year In Review

It's time to catch up on the releases that went under the radar, the hidden gems, and the essential records from the underground. "The Year in Review" is a comprehensive guide to our favorite releases of the year without a pre-determined length.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (June 26th - July 23rd)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (June 26th - July 23rd)

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.

"The Post-Trash 52" | Our Favorite Albums of 2017 (A Mid Year Report)

"The Post-Trash 52" | Our Favorite Albums of 2017 (A Mid Year Report)

We present to you "The Post-Trash 52," a collection of some of our favorite records released thus far in 2017. We couldn't include every album we love, but we hope you'll find some new music to discover within our selections.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (May 29th - June 11th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (May 29th - June 11th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 24th - April 30th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 24th - April 30th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 3rd - April 9th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (April 3rd - April 9th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 27th - March 12th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 27th - March 12th)

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.

Thelma - "Thelma" | Album Review

by Kat Harding (@iwearaviators)

Natasha Jacobs, d.b.a. Thelma, is set to release her debut project on Charlotte, NC label Tiny Engines. With help from Maciej Lewandowski, Juan Pablo Siles, and Daniel Siles, their album is an unexpected combination of discord and noise grating against Jacobs’ light and airy voice, a stark reminder that beauty can be found when everything seems like it is crashing down. Written while Jacobs was a student at SUNY Purchase, the songs and lyrics were a way for her to overcome her fear of performing. She’s put forth an album that, against the backdrop of the US political climate, is necessary and powerful. We demand more, we’re taking up space, and we’re not backing down, overcoming fears that used to prevent us from speaking out. And with a soundtrack like this, all the better.
 
Just seven songs, the album opens with a single guitar and Jacobs’ sweet vocals, alternating between soft coos and chanting the title, “if you let it,” although we never quite figure out what will happen if we let it, we just know it’ll be better than it is now. The sentences fade away breathlessly as the music swells, the chords filling your chest like a surge of emotion over the refrain “you deserve more, you deserve more,” and we do deserve more, much more than we’re currently getting.  
 
“White Couches” has Jacobs demanding space in someone’s pristine life, even though she knows she is a mess and unworthy. We’re all fighting these days for what we believe in, often tooth-and-nail against friends, neighbors, and loved ones. The surging drums, her squeaking voice, and rumbling guitar come together in the battle cry “I can sit on your white couches tonight,” taking the place she deserves next to someone better off.
 
Otherworldly electronic sounds and vocal distortion weave through the second single released on the album, “Peach,” leading to an unsettling feeling creeping up through your arms to your heart, a sentiment often felt while reading the news. The guitar squeals and clanging drums come together as a foil to Jacobs’ fluttering voice, coming through in rounds, defying anyone trying to own her. “Though I’ve fed you love respectively sweet, I plague the back of your tongue with instinctual grief” she threatens in layer upon layer of sound; listen to this before the next protest you go to for inspiration.
 
The jarring pairing of the sweet vocals highlighting the cutting lyrics and mixed above noisy and often difficult instrumentals carve out a new space for female “singer-songwriters,” breaking the stereotypical mold of a demure person with a guitar. Any assumption that Jacobs’ lyrics will be as sweet and kind as her voice should be halted immediately. Her barbed, sometimes threatening words urgently and ambitiously seek a place in the universe. The album ends with the title track, an ode to a warm and familiar character of Thelma, a goodbye to our “business as usual” world. It’s apparent it isn’t safe out there anymore, and that’s something we all have to grapple with, but with Thelma on in constant rotation, it might not be as painful.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 6th - February 26th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (February 6th - February 26th)

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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (January 2nd - January 15th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (January 2nd - January 15th)

Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our five 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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (November 28th - January 1st)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (November 28th - January 1st)

Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our top ten 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.

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (October 31st - November 6th)

Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (October 31st - November 6th)

Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our top ten 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.